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Criminal GeniusA Portrait of High-IQ Offenders$
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James C. Oleson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520282414

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520282414.001.0001

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Explanations for High-IQ Crime

Explanations for High-IQ Crime

(p.205) 6 Explanations for High-IQ Crime
Criminal Genius

James C. Oleson

University of California Press

This chapter describes the qualitative analyses derived from the forty-four follow-up interviews. It relays the life history of “Faulkner,” a drug trafficker with a 162 IQ who claims to have killed fifteen people. The chapter also describes the analysis of qualitative materials in light of Travis Hirschi’s theory of social bonds, noting that the interviews were consistent with explanations of crime based upon weakened social bonds (including elements of attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief). The chapter asks whether high IQ is always a protective factor or whether, at some levels and under some circumstances, it might operate as a criminogenic risk factor.

Keywords:   control theory, Faulkner, life history, protective factor, risk factor, serial killer, social bonds, Travis Hirschi

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