Is Crime Infectious?
psychologist, Dr. Funk, of New York City, was reported in the Philadelphia
Ledger to have said that crime was as infectious as small-pox, and
that “unless immediate radical steps are taken to put a stop to
the epidemic of crime that is raging in this city (New York) the
whole country will become infected with the desire for murder, and
an epoch of bloodshed will follow.”
Dr. Funk rightly recommends quick
trials and justice of the severest type. He attributes the cause
and increase of so much crime to the yellow press and to the influx
of immigrants from several European countries noted for their hot-headed
The infectiousness of crime is not
due to a germ that permeates the atmosphere and requires a suitable
culture medium for its development, but it is the result of the
 “unwritten law,” the plea
of “brainstorm” insanity, that in a measure give license to the
would-be criminals to commit a criminal act, hoping that they will
be acquitted on the grounds of their insane condition.
When we study closely and read between
the lines the expert opinions given in criminal cases, we are sometimes
forced to believe that money governs the opinions rendered, and
that the expert suffers from a mental disease known to some as “money
paranoia.” Is he sane? What is the difference between the expert
and the criminal? Isn’t it too bad that our noble profession should
have such weaklings in its ranks who force themselves on the public
as experts, and congratulate themselves that they are so ethically
able to bamboozle their professional brothers.
The thing we need to subdue crime
is quicker and severer punishment—the kind that Czolgosz received
for murdering our worthy President.