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BIG PER CENT OF MURDERERS WERE FIRST
BY K. W. PAYNE
Waupun, WisJune 15. From out the state prison here a wholly new.
fight, bright with theclarity of science, has been suddenly cast on the
gloomy subject of murder! And on the, subject of child slavery!
The two are linked more closely together than the world ever dreamed
This scientific Illumination shows up the murderer not as an evil, black
souled brute. Penetrating into his past, it reveals the picture of a little in
nocent child, caught in the grinding wheels of industry. And it casts the
shadow of responsibility for HIS crime upon SOCIETY!
. "Over 90 per cent of the 269 murders f have investigated were CHILD
SLAVES! They were forced to enter the soul-stunting environment of
shop or factory before they were 15 years old!"
The startling words are those of Dr. Rock Sleyster, famous as scien
tist and criminologist, whose brilliant statistical work here, where he is
superintendent of the State Hospital for Criminal Insane, is throwing the
new light upon the subject of homicide.
The murderer's the worst of crimes. But whose is the FIRST his,
or society's? Did not society commit another form of murder, not in kill
ing these men outright, but in so stunting them as children and draining
tneir hie force, that they never after
ward could attain to 'their full and
"True, the murderer is NOT. a nor
mal man, agreed Dr. Sleyster, when
I asked him that question.
"That is why all efforts to reform
him or prevent his act have failed in
the past. Society revenges itself up-
j on the murderer by punishments de
J vised for a general, normal type. It
has totally disregarded the individual
J mnrrlprpr ns Via rpnllv ir and fh Tihv-
sical conditions which are responsible
for his pervert psychology.
"But' the new scientific treatment
of the murderer must depend upon
just the study of these physical con
ditions his environment vand hered
ity, his health and mental 'develop
ment. "And until the state adopts this
science, does as much to prevent
crime as to wreak vengeance, and
provides for research into the causes
of crime, as well as for police, to ar
rest the criminal after his, crime has
been committed, there will be no
great step taken to eliminate homi
cide! "The figures which I have compiled
they are the result of daily associa
tion with 269 murderers tell some
what of the criminal as he really is
and the causes that have made him
"They show that over 96 per cent
of murderers had been sent to work
before the age of 18, and over 55 per
cent were at work before the age of
12 and 90.9 per cemwere at work at
15. Right there, in the. evil of child
labor, lie some of the roots that fed
the repulsive growth of murder.
"Full half the men were under the
influence of alcohol when they com- m
mitted their crime.' So alcoholism "
stands alongside child labor as a
deadly source of criminality. How
much is alcoholism due to child labor,
1 don't know.
"Over half of thejnurderers were
physically or mentally degenerate.
The percentage of degeneracy among
their parents was -noticeably higher
than, among the parents of any other
classes of criminals. Over 43 per
cent were without the beneficient in
fluence of one or both parents from,
an earjyage, while another 17 per'
cent had trouble fit the home.