oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - A profile of the defrauder - a modern Moriarty?
|Article Title||A profile of the defrauder - a modern Moriarty?|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Criminology, University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 1994|
|Pages||115 - 119|
|Keyword(s)||Biographical details, Educational level, Environmental inducements, External causational factors, Fraud expertise, Immediate crime situation, Justification, Motivational influences, Nature of crime, Opportunity, Status within company and Unemployed minority youth|
In a publication by Felson (1994:4) on crime and everyday life, the author informs the reader of fallacies about crime. The so-called ingenuity fallacy reflects the general view that criminals are brilliant and daring. An example of such ingenuity is the case of Professor Moriarty - a character in the Arthur Conan Doyle series on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes - who is descriptionbed as an evil and brilliant daredevil, whom Holmes can catch only after an epic struggle.
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