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    Hi, so for my EPQ essay I'm doing Nature Vs Nurture: Are criminals born or made? What I am looking for is to get lots of responses - it's a really brief survey and I want to compile a general consensus on what people think creates a criminal: biology and genetics or upbringing and media influence? I'll be reading all the replies and so any contribution or opinion given is very useful for me
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    Made to a greater degree than born.
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    Nature's "default" is nowhere near as defining as nurture is. Criminals are made, not born.
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    Nurture. You're not born as scum.
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    Honestly I think it must be a mixture of both. I think nurture plays the main part in it, but there have been people who have been raised perfectly normally and have still grown up to become murderers. There must be something wired up wrongly in their brains.
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    Honestly I think it must be a mixture of both. I think nurture plays the main part in it, but there have been people who have been raised perfectly normally and have still grown up to become murderers. There must be something wired up wrongly in their brains.
    I'm not sure if there have been. I think that we're all a product of our environments, and just think how many experiences we have in a day/lifetime -- they're almost innumerable, so it's very hard to say that someone was brought up "normally" even if they have had good parents, they may have been affected by a sibling/friend/incident/teacher/adult/the media etc., about which we may know little. Of course, behind closed doors, we may even know little about how parents can act.

    The most notorious, perhaps, murderer in the UK, Robert Maudsley, for example, was very seriously abused as a child -- and is now encased, for 23 hours a day, in a reinforced glass prison-cell with furniture made from strengthened cardboard at HMP Wakefield, Yorkshire (a condition, ironically, rather similar to the one his father subjected him to since he locked him in his room for months on end, only entering to beat him). Indeed, he has such a specialised prison cell because he killed and cannibalised his last cell-mate in the '70s.
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    thanks everyone for the responses, they have been really insightful and useful for my essay which I am giving in on tuesday
 
 
 
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