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all attacked their victimssingle-handed and in public. In the case of Chalanton, the woman he hadrescued by marriage from a low life, not content withbetraying her benefactor, covered him in public withabuse and persecuted him with anonymous accusa-tions. His demand for a separation was unsuccessfuland at last, finding himself, in spite of his integrity,involved in a scandalous action, in which his wifefigured as a go-between, and tormented by publiccuriosity and the implacable questionings of re-porters, he murdered the cause of all his misfortunes.Another murderer, Del Prete, was prompted to killhis victim, an old woman with a reputation forwitchcraft, because he believed she had caused theillness of his mother, to whom he was greatlyattached. The motive for the crime is generally a seriousone and in most cases immediately precedes it.Bouley committed his crime only a few hours afterreceiving the news which prompted it; Bounin,Bechis, and Verano, only a few minutes; Milani, Fig. 21
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Brigand Caserio(see page 119) CRIMINALOIDS 121 twenty-four hours, Zucca eight hours; Curti, a fewdays. Thus the crime is seldom premeditated, orif so, for only a short space of time, never formonths or years. Homicide forms 91% of the criminality of thisgroup of offenders. There is a certain proportionalso of infanticide, owing to the prevailing prejudicewhich condemns immorality more harshly when theresults are evident. Arson and theft form only 2%.Such cases are however possible. A young girl,whom my father had under observation in prison,seeing her family in dire poverty, committed arsonin order to get the insurance money. In another case a woman of refinement, education,and of gentle disposition, who had fallen from pro-sperity into extreme want, stole in order to pay hersons school-fees. When arrested, she refused togive her name so that the lad should not be dis-honoured, and her identity might never have beendiscovered had she not been recognised by a law-yer in court. She died
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