Criminal Genius (Paperback)

A Portrait of High-IQ Offenders

By James C. Oleson

University of California Press, 9780520282421, 300pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

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For years, criminologists have studied the relationship between crime and below-average intelligence, concluding that offenders possess IQ scores 8-10 points below those of non-offenders. Little, however, is known about the criminal behavior of those with above-average IQ scores. This book provides some of the first empirical information about the self-reported crimes of people with genius-level IQ scores. Combining quantitative data from 72 different offenses with qualitative data from 44 follow-up interviews, this book describes the nature of high-IQ crime while shedding light on a population of offenders often ignored in research and sensationalized in media.    

About the Author

James C. Oleson is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Auckland. 

Praise For Criminal Genius: A Portrait of High-IQ Offenders

"In his new book Criminal Genius James Oleson offers a novel and previously unavailable insight into the world of high-IQ offenders. . . as rich in qualitative analysis as it [is] quantitative."

— Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology

"Criminal Genius provides a fascinating exploratory study into a very important and interesting topic. It challenges the conventional wisdom about the relationship between crime and IQ levels and makes astute observations about the relationship and areas for future research. I highly recommend this book to all interested in understanding criminal behavior in general and the relationship between crime and intelligence specifically."

— Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books