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June 26, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1243. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260037003

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A degenerate sexual pervert recently executed for lust murder, at Paxton, Ill., has had his mental soundness doubted because of his sentimental kindness toward animals. Sentimentality of this type is exceedingly common among criminals and other degenerates about whose legal responsibility no true alienist could entertain a doubt. They have both a knowledge of right and wrong with a power of self-control, which alone would be sufficient evidence of responsibility under the true legal test which depends on whether freedom of the will be impaired. Despite the assertions of the antivivisectionists, misanthropy is often associated with great love for the lower animals, and the races characterized by their great tenderness toward animals are the most cruel toward men. This was singularly well illustrated in the Sepoy rebellion, where fanatics indignant at the killing of cows, butchered men, women and children with horrible atrocity. The same thing is illustrated in the

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