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Flap Raised Over Skulls

Do criminals look different than everyone else?

Cesare Lombroso

That’s what Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso believed. He collected more than 400 skulls of 19th century criminals seeking to prove his theories that physiognomy shaped one’s tendencies to commit crimes or indulge in deviant behavior. ┬áThe skulls and related artifacts — including Lombroso’s full skeleton — are on display at the Museum of Criminal Anthropology in Turin, Italy. But descendants of the criminals are crying foul, saying the exhibit should be closed and their relatives’ skulls returned for proper burial.

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