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Criminal to the bone? - 28 Jan 2013
The hundreds of skulls lining the shelves of the Lombroso Museum in Turin were collected by a man who believed they bore the marks of evil. Nineteenth century Italian physician Cesare Lombroso thought criminality was an inherited trait visible in a person’s features, and in an attempt to prove his theory he collected criminals’ remains for analysis. But now some of the descendants of the offenders – whose body parts were taken without permission – want the bones back.
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February 11, 2013
Visitors look at skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line...
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Visitors look at skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin
Visitors look at skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY)
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February 08, 2013
A staff member attaches a tag reading, "Killer of a wife", on a wax-covered head at Lombroso Museum in...
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A staff member attaches a tag on a wax-covered head at Lombroso Museum in Turin
A staff member attaches a tag reading, "Killer of a wife", on a wax-covered head at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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February 08, 2013
A staff member arranges skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered...
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A staff member arranges skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin
A staff member arranges skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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February 11, 2013
Blades are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line...
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Blades are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin
Blades are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY)
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February 11, 2013
A wax-covered head with a tag reading " Thief " is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin in Turin February...
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A wax-covered head with a tag reading " Thief " is pictured at Lombroso Museum
A wax-covered head with a tag reading " Thief " is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY)
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February 11, 2013
Visitors look at skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line...
Turin, Italy
Visitors look at skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin
Visitors look at skulls at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY)
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February 11, 2013
A person looks at a skull at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads...
Turin, Italy
A person looks at a skull at Lombroso Museum in Turin
A person looks at a skull at Lombroso Museum in Turin February 9, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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February 08, 2013
Tools which were used for theft are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of...
Turin, Italy
Tools which were used for theft are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin
Tools which were used for theft are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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February 08, 2013
A skull belonging to bandit "Gasaparone" is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds...
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A skull belonging to bandit "Gasaparone" is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin
A skull belonging to bandit "Gasaparone" is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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February 08, 2013
A skull is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line...
Turin, Italy
A skull is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin
A skull is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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February 08, 2013
Wax-covered heads and skulls are displayed at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of...
Turin, Italy
Wax-covered heads and skulls are displayed at Lombroso Museum in Turin
Wax-covered heads and skulls are displayed at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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February 08, 2013
A wax-covered head with a tag reading "Forger" is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013....
Turin, Italy
A wax-covered head with a tag is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin
A wax-covered head with a tag reading "Forger" is pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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February 08, 2013
Skeletons are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line...
Turin, Italy
Skeletons are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin
Skeletons are pictured at Lombroso Museum in Turin January 28, 2013. Hundreds of wax-covered heads line the shelves, some with the words "Thief" or "Murderer" written underneath, all part of 19th century Italian physician and psychiatrist Cesare Lombroso's research into the nature of criminal behaviour. Many of the body parts on display in the museum were taken from prisons without any permission from family members. Now hundreds of years later some distant relatives and local communities are saying it is time to get the body parts back. Picture taken January 28, 2013. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)
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