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A Man, Supposed to be Possessed of an Evil Eye, Murdered to Free a Family from his Malignant Influence [Il “Jettatore” massacrato per liberare la famiglia]. (Archivio di Antropologia Criminale, Psichiatria e Medicina Legale, February, 1916)

  • J. Barfield Adams
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Superstition dies hard. The notion that an individual can be endowed with the power of injuring another merely by looking at him still lingers in the mental lumber-rooms of many people. I have even detected the idea in the ill-natured gossip—an excellent pabulum for the cultivation of such germs—of persons who had received more than a smattering of education. When fear, with its well known disturbing influence on the logical processes of the mind, has so taken possession of men and women, who believe in such a superstition, that they are the victims of terrifying hallucinations, one cannot be surprised at a tragic ending to the drama in which they play their parts. This is illustrated by the facts which were revealed in a criminal trial in Italy last year.

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A Man, Supposed to be Possessed of an Evil Eye, Murdered to Free a Family from his Malignant Influence [Il “Jettatore” massacrato per liberare la famiglia]. (Archivio di Antropologia Criminale, Psichiatria e Medicina Legale, February, 1916)

  • J. Barfield Adams
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