Twentieth Century Practice

Twentieth Century Practice

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: 1871 and 1872, 7.4 per cent. were of drunken parentage; the fathers were in the proportion of 5.3 per cent., the mothers 1.7, and both together 0.4. These figures are suflicient to show us how great is the influence of heredity in crime. Not only does alcoholism in the parents favor crime in the children, but, as is natural and as indeed we should expect to be even more the case than is shown by statistics, criminality in the parents becomes hereditary. Virgilio found a criminal parentage in the proportion of 26.80 per cent., chiefly, as in the case of alcoholism, on the paternal side (21.77), without counting 6 per cent. of indirect heredity. Out of 3,580 criminals under age of Mettray, 707 were the children of prisoners, 308 of persons living in concubinage. Italian oflicial statistics gave among minors, in 1871-72, 3 per cent. of convict parentage. Here also the father represents a worse influence (2.4) than the mother (0.5 per cent.), which may be explained by the at least apparently smaller amount of criminality among women. The same statistics also show us that 28 per cent. of the families of these criminals under age were of doubtful reputation and 26 per cent. of bad, a proportion recently exactly reproduced by Virgilio. It was noted, especially in insular districts, that in the case of females the number of relatives of doubtful or immoral reputation was more than double that of males. The brutal Galetto di Marsiglia was a nephew of Orsolano, a cannibal and ravisher; Dumollard was the son of an assassin; Patet0t's grandfather and great-grandfather were assassins; Papa, Crocco, and Serravalle all had grandfathers in prison, and Cavallante both father and grandfather. The famous woman thief, San Refus, was the daughter more

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  • English
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