Medicine: Crime in California

When two particularly gruesome sex murders occurred in California in 1949 and 1950, there rose a statewide outcry that all sex offenders should be locked up for life, sterilized or even executed. California decided to go slow on new legislation and find out some facts, e.g.: How common are sex crimes? Who commits them? And why? Last week, after three years of study, a team of researchers at the University of California's Langley Porter Clinic, headed by famed Psychiatrist Karl M. Bowman, turned up some of the answers.

Nobody can estimate how many sex "crimes" are actually committed, the researchers concluded, because...

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