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Chromosome Survey of Persons Charged with Murder

Chromosome Survey of Persons Charged with Murder AUST. & N.Z. JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY (December, 1973): 6. 4 Chromosome Survey of Persons Charged with Murder ALLEN A. BARTHOLOMEW* G. R. SUTHERLAND** THE PROBLEM of the relationship between a sex chromosome abnormality and behaviour remains largely unsolved. It has been suggested that a sex chromosomal abnormality may well correlate with a degree of psycho­ pathy (Court Brown et al. 1968; Bartholomew, 1968, 1972), but there is still much doubt as to the size of the correlation and even more doubt about the relationship between sex chromosome abnormality and aggres­ sive behaviour (Welch et at 1967; Price and Whatmore 1967; Hamilton, 1971; Frank, 1972; Bundy, 1973; Baughmann, 1973). This article reports some research concerned with the possible relationship between a sex chromosomal abnormality and a charge of murder. Method One hundred consecutive male prisoners who had been charged with, and tried for, murder, irrespective of the final verdict(1), were karyotyped. The technique used for karyotyping has been described elsewhere (Wiener et al. 1969) and at least ten cells per individual were examined. Results Put in the briefest manner, the results demonstrate that of the hundred cases investigated an abnormality involving the sex chromosomes was found in two cases, both http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Chromosome Survey of Persons Charged with Murder

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0004-8658
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1837-9273
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10.1177/000486587300600407
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AUST. & N.Z. JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY (December, 1973): 6. 4 Chromosome Survey of Persons Charged with Murder ALLEN A. BARTHOLOMEW* G. R. SUTHERLAND** THE PROBLEM of the relationship between a sex chromosome abnormality and behaviour remains largely unsolved. It has been suggested that a sex chromosomal abnormality may well correlate with a degree of psycho­ pathy (Court Brown et al. 1968; Bartholomew, 1968, 1972), but there is still much doubt as to the size of the correlation and even more doubt about the relationship between sex chromosome abnormality and aggres­ sive behaviour (Welch et at 1967; Price and Whatmore 1967; Hamilton, 1971; Frank, 1972; Bundy, 1973; Baughmann, 1973). This article reports some research concerned with the possible relationship between a sex chromosomal abnormality and a charge of murder. Method One hundred consecutive male prisoners who had been charged with, and tried for, murder, irrespective of the final verdict(1), were karyotyped. The technique used for karyotyping has been described elsewhere (Wiener et al. 1969) and at least ten cells per individual were examined. Results Put in the briefest manner, the results demonstrate that of the hundred cases investigated an abnormality involving the sex chromosomes was found in two cases, both

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Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Dec 1, 1973

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