Re: Age and violence stats

Damien Broderick (
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 14:01:19 +0000

At 08:47 PM 6/29/98 -0700, Max wrote:
>I believe that older people tend to commit fewer violent crimes (and not
>just those who are in hospital beds). If true, this might be turned into a
>cultural-effects argument in favor of extending our lifespans.

While this is true, it seems to me likely that it's less to do with the
wisdom of years than with the cumulative loss of androgens. I'd hope it
was the former, though. It willl be interesting to see if HRT boosts crime
in the aged.

Damien Broderick