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October 24, 1936

Die Ursprünge des Verbrechens. Dargestellt am Lebenslauf von Zwillingen

JAMA. 1936;107(17):1412. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770430062034

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The author continues the investigations originated by Johannes Lange on Crime as Destiny, Studies on Criminal Twins, Leipzig, 1929. Stumpfl presents his own results of a study of thirty-seven sets of twins, in whom at least one member of the pair had been guilty of some criminal act. Of the male pairs, fifteen were identical or one-egg twins; seventeen pairs were not. Of the female pairs, three were identical; two were not. In the earlier part of the volume a detailed history of each pair of twins investigated is presented. The author attempts to analyze each group on the basis of a number of specific factors, and the results are clearly presented in tabulated form. Since the author is studying criminality in twins, the first factor considered is whether or not both members of a pair were guilty of crimes. If both committed offenses, the correlation is indicated as positive.

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