This is a record of a case submitted for Lombroso's opinion by the Governor of Colorado, U.S.A. The criminal, Anthony Mooday, a boy æt. 11, murdered a man in order to steal his watch; when detected, he endeavoured to represent the occurrence as an accident. The paper gives a short autobiography of the criminal, some remarks on his behaviour in prison during the five years which have elapsed since the crime, and photographs (face and profile) of the boy at the time of the murder and at present. From these materials Lombroso feels justified in formulating the diagnosis and prognosis of the case, in accordance with the theories of the Italian school: the precocity of the crime, its motive and method, the facial and cranial characters of the murderer indicate that he is a “congenital criminal;” on the other hand, his good conduct in prison, and the improvement in his physiognomy which Lombroso discovers in the later photographs, show that he is capable of becoming an “honest man,” but some peculiarities in his handwriting and a certain exaggerated vanity manifest in his autobiography prove that his recovery is imperfect—a characteristic example of Lombroso's methods.
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