Cezare Lombrozo

Topics: Crime, Cesare Lombroso, Anger Pages: 3 (1188 words) Published: May 22, 2013
Cezare Lombrozo, a famous Italian criminologist and physician (1835-1909) ,rejected the established Classical School,which held that crime was a characteristic trait of human nature.Lombroso's general theory suggested that criminals are distinguished from noncriminals by multiple physical anomalies. He postulated that criminals represented a reversion to a primitive or subhuman type of man characterized by physical features reminiscent of apes, lower primates, and early man and to some extent preserved, he said, in modern "savages". The behavior of these biological "throwbacks" will inevitably be contrary to the rules and expectations of modern civilized society. Through years of postmortem examinations and anthropometric studies of criminals, the insane, and normal individuals, Lombroso became convinced that the "born criminal" could be anatomically identified by such items as a sloping forehead, ears of unusual size, asymmetry of the face, prognasithm, excessive length of arms, asymmetry of the cranium, and other "physical stigmata". Specific criminals, such as thieves, rapists, and murderers, could be distinguished by specific characteristics, he believed. Lombroso also maintained that criminals had less sensibility to pain and touch; more acute sight; a lack of moral sense, including an absence of remorse; more vanity, impulsiveness, vindictiveness, and cruelty; and other manifestations, such as a special criminal argot and the excessive use of tattooing. On the other hand ,the most famous Soviet killer ,Andery Chikatilo, who commited the murder of a minimum of 56 people later in his interviews - alleged (pleaded) that he was born soon after the mass famine in Ukraine caused by crop failures and Joseph Stalin’s forced collectivisation of agriculture. Mass starvation ran rampant throughout Ukraine and reports of cannibalism soared. Throughout his childhood, Chikatilo was repeatedly told by his mother, that prior to his birth, an older brother of his had...
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