THE HAPPY MEMORIES OF CRIMINALS (COMMENT). Dick Weisfelder commented on yesterday’s post on Bernie Madoff that perhaps other criminals, including killers, have happy memories. I am in unhappy agreement. I hesitated on whether to make the Madoff post because I find it painful to think of criminals reminiscing happily. I think people like me tend to think of criminals who specialize in crimes involving money as being in it only for the money. Yet some criminologists believe that armed robbers are motivated by the joy of dominating people, of putting them in fear of their lives. Others enjoy the excitement of being outlaws, defiers of the legal order. All of which makes deterrence difficult.

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