Science: Go Ahead, Hit Me

The luckless person who complains that "everything happens to me" may be stating a scientific fact. Many victims of crime practically ask for it: they stand in the path of the crime and "tempt" the criminal. So said a noted criminologist last week. This theory is not new to science, but it was advanced with new force by Dr. Hans von Hentig in a new book, The Criminal and His Victim (Yale University Press; $6).

The characteristics and forces that tend to make a man a criminal, says Dr. von Hentig, are diverse and complicated....

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