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Criminal Genius: A Portrait of High-IQ Offenders

James C. Oleson


For one hundred years, criminologists have studied crime and intelligence, concluding that offenders possess IQ scores eight to ten points below those of non-offenders. Although the criminal genius is one of the most cherished villains in history, literature, and film, little is actually known about the criminal behavior of those with above-average IQ scores. This study provides some of the first empirical information about the self-reported crimes of adults with genius-level IQ scores. The study combines quantitative data about seventy-two different offenses with qualitative data from forty-f ... More

Keywords: crime, elites, genius, giftedness, intelligence, interview, IQ, punishment, survey, self-report

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282414
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James C. Oleson, author
University of Auckland