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1 Charles Whitman. Source: © Bettman/Corbis. In 1959, against his father’s wishes, he joined the Marines. Following his enlistment, he was accepted into the University of Texas mechanical engineering programme where he met and married his wife in 1962. In 1966, Charles was diagnosed with depression that he attributed to his parents’ separation and his increasing strains at work and school. On 1 August 1966, while still a student, he shot and killed 14 people in a day and wounded 31 others, shooting them from a university tower.
Large and heavy endomorphs, who were sociable and relaxed. ■ Broad and muscular mesomorphs, who were aggressive and adventurous. The biological approach explaining the causes of crime | 23 He argued, after studying criminals, that they were more mesomorphic and less ectomorphic, a ﬁnding supported by Glueck and Glueck (1956) who found that 57 per cent of their criminal sample were mesomorphic and 16 per cent ectomorphic, compared with 19 and 33 per cent, respectively, of controls. Possibly more understandable has been the exploration of disﬁgurement in offenders.
Eysenck (1977) proposed that there are three major dimensions that underlie personality, each of which is independent of the others: neuroticism (N), extraversion (E) and psychoticism (P). Each of these dimensions is conceived as a continuum with most people falling in the middle range; comparatively few people fall at the extremes of each scale. Eysenck suggests that ‘In general terms, we would expect persons with strong antisocial inclinations to have high P, high E, and high N scores’ (1977: 58).