Criminal types there are, but there is no one single criminal type. Some may claim that there are archetypes based on the different offenses.
Closely-allied criminal expression is vastly different from individual intent. Just because criminals act similarly does not indicate that any intentions behind an action are equally similar. The height of the offense usually squares with the depth of depravity, which may not be the same in every offender.
Jails would be more numerous than churches, if all natural criminals had shared and were prosecuted for classifiable, visible signs of criminality such as long, tapering fingers; rodent eyes, or those bead-like, shifty, countersunk and narrowly spaced; bull neck, connected with a vertically-lined back head; laterally-extended side-jaw bones; protruding fore jaw; the ape’s forehead, marked by the ape’s fuzzy hairline, the same fuzzy hair extending inward from under the outer edges of the eye sockets; eagle’s beak, or more commonly, the tangential, flattened nose of the gorilla, with arms like his, unusually long and big-boned as compared with the rest of the frame; thin lips, emphasizing a cruelly-set mouth, or thick lip above a ponderous jaw; and ears in all sizes, conformation, setting and contour, opposed to the perfect model.
It is true that the felon is likely to and does frequently feature several of such as the signs indicated. It is also true that millions of honest freemen feature the same signs, and do no worse than dissemble, as more or less do all humans. And it is further true that, in so far as emphasis on such symbols is concerned, the bulk of lawbreakers would pass unnoticed in a promiscuous crowd because there is no conclusive way of classifying felons by definitive physical features.
Still, close parallels prevail as between members of classes of the anti-social. They ply the same tools, speak the same language, are bound by and large by the same laws of the clan, foregather in the same caves of earth, affect the same mannerisms and mental attitude, and spend ill-gotten gain for intrinsically the same things, if over different counters; but it is important to note that they do not yield of themselves in the same measure to the powers of darkness. If they did, the bulk of them would be capital criminals, instead of offenders against property to many different degrees.
Usually, the pack are of one mind as to the method of procedure, else they wouldn’t “pal” it as one. However, it must be mentioned that the majority of criminals do not act as a pack and crimes are often committed by the singular offender. Type then matches type as closely as members of criminal types match; yet no two will be actuated by absolutely the same motives, and no two will have come by motives to act in absolutely the same way. The demarcation may call for the most careful of research; but it will be there, and it will demarcate, if only by shading so slight as to escape other than the truly expert examiner.
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