Criminology Quotes

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Douglas Adams
“Nobody got murdered before lunch. But nobody. People weren't up to it. You needed a good lunch to get both the blood-sugar and blood-lust levels up.”
Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

“The deviant and the conformist...are creatures of the same culture, inventions of the same imagination.”
Kai Erikson

“We are all capable of becoming something monstrous.”
Cyraus Foldger

G.K. Chesterton
“I need not pause to explain that crime is not a disease. It is criminology that is a disease.”
G.K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State

H. Havelock Ellis
“Every society has the criminals that it deserves.”
Havelock Ellis

Edward M. Wolfe
“If a deadly snake slithering around in a pre-school bit a child, would you box it up for a month as punishment, and then release it to prey upon the children once again?”
Edward M. Wolfe, When Everything Changed

“Genetics, accidents of birth or events in early childhood have left criminals' brains and bodies with measurable flaws predisposing them to committing assault, murder and other antisocial acts. ....

Many offenders also have impairments in their autonomic nervous system, the system responsible for the edgy, nervous feeling that can come with emotional arousal. This leads to a fearless, risk-taking personality, perhaps to compensate for chronic under-arousal.

Many convicted criminals, like the Unabomber, have slow heartbeats.

It also gives them lower heart rates, which explains why heart rate is such a good predictor of criminal tendencies. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, for example, had a resting heart rate of just 54 beats per minute, which put him in the bottom 3 per cent of the population.”
Adrian Raine

Nikolas Schreck
“...And eventually, he (Charles Manson) testified to an empty court, as Bugliosi had convinced the presiding judge Older, that Manson's hypnotic powers might convince the jury he was innocent.”
Nikolas Schreck

Harlan Ellison
“Don't come back till you have him!" the Ticktockman said, very quietly, very sincerely, extremely dangerously.

They used dogs. They used probes. They used cardioplate crossoffs. They used teepers. They used bribery. They used stiktytes. They used intimidation. They used torment. They used torture. They used finks. They used cops. They used search&seizure. They used fallaron. They used betterment incentive. They used fingerprints. They used the Bertillon system. They used cunning. They used guile. They used treachery. They used Raoul Mitgong, but he didn't help much. They used applied physics. They used techniques of criminology.

And what the hell: they caught him.”
Harlan Ellison, "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman

“Serial murders are a bit like natural disasters: in the scheme of things they are quite rare, but when they happen they demand our attention. They interest us for several reasons, but especially because they are so dramatically threatening, and they profoundly challenge our sense of our own everyday safety.

[Todd R. Clear, Foreword]”
Eric W. Hickey, Serial Murderers and Their Victims

“Death Penalty' in rarest of rare cases, should adorn criminal justice system in India,which would operate as a detterent mechanism. Abrogation of capital punishment and it's obliteration from the law, would be a great folly. In the human rights perspective, concretising the human rights of the criminal(perpetrator of a particular offense attracting Capital punishment ) by negating Human Rights of the victim is again a murder of justice.”
Henrietta Newton Martin

John Connolly
“Most criminals were dumb, and he took the view that the whole science of criminology was essentially flawed, since much of its theory was based on the study of criminals who had been caught, and were therefore either stupid or unlucky, as opposed to the study of those who had not been caught, and were therefore smart and had a little luck on their side, but just a little. Luck ran out, but smart was for life.”
John Connolly, The Burning Soul

“Redemption, when guilt leads to good"

Pat Conroy”
Frank Gruttadauria, Under the Banner of Justice

Nils Christie
“If pain is too bad to be executed by everybody, and seen by everybody, is it not because it is too bad?”
Nils Christie, Limits to Pain: The Role of Punishment in Penal Policy

“Every single sexual deviation is overwhelmingly dominated by white males. And most sexually related ritualistic crimes are committed by white males.”
Stephen G. Michaud, The Evil That Men Do: FBI Profiler Roy Hazelwood's Journey into the Minds of Serial Killers

Dennis Howitt
“The stimulus to thought lies in the detail provided.”
Dennis Howitt, Introduction to Forensic & Criminal Psychology

Michelle Alexander
“Vagrancy laws and other laws defining activities such as "mischief" and "insulting gestures" as crimes were enforced vigorously against blacks. The aggressive enforcement of these criminal offenses opened up an enormous market for convict leasing.”
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Stewart Stafford
“Stalkers have an obsessive over-identification with their unwilling target but also a latent envy of their talents and/or beauty, If they can't possess the person totally, they will destroy the victim's qualities that they can never have.”
Stewart Stafford

“Papini's speech accelerates as he walks toward the morgue, leaving a trail of lemon in his wake.

'It's the so-called qualitative leap, Quintana. At night we come up with daring plans that would change us completely, were they to become a reality. But these plans dissolve in the morning light, and we go back to being the same mediocrities as before, doggedly ruining our own lives. This doesn't happen to you? With these men, it's different. Why do you think they're still around, if they're so inferior to us? It's a question of adaptation. They act. They carry out the plans they make at night. What's more, they're depraved. They wear too much pomade, smell like tobacco, sweat bile, and masturbate frequently. They have no morals. They do, however, have an ethics that neither you nor I could comprehend, which involves eradicating us. Do you understand?'

'How do you know they wear too much pomade?'

'You're taking me very literally, Quintana.”
Roque Larraquy, La comemadre

Nils Christie
“The offender must be able to give something back. But criminals are most often poor people. They have nothing to give. The answers to this are many. It is correct that our prisons are by and large filled with poor people. We let the poor pay with the only commodity that is close to being equally distributed in society: time.”
Nils Christie, Limits to Pain: The Role of Punishment in Penal Policy

Stewart Stafford
“Criminal profiling is the writing process in reverse. Writers create characters and project their actions forwards into a timeline. Profilers are left with the aftermath of an offender's behaviour and must extrapolate backwards to establish their characteristics.”
Stewart Stafford