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I've been reading an interesting scientific study that has found that humans apparently have the ability to tell criminals and non-criminals apart from simply looking at their photographs.

The study found one anomaly though...that women are unable to identify rapists.

While I'm not a fan of scientific studies in general, I thought this might be interesting to post here to allow you to test your own "criminal intuition" :)

16 of the men pictured below are convicted criminals, 16 are not

You have to decide which are which

If you are feeling really intuitive, you might like to also figure out which crime each has committed.

There are:

  • 4 convicted of arson
  • 4 convicted of assault
  • 4 convicted of drug dealing
  • 4 convicted of rape

Criminals vs Non-Criminals

Scroll down for answers....


  • Non-Criminal – 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 30
  • Arson – 5, 10, 16, 20
  • Assault – 4, 24, 27, 28
  • Drug Dealing – 8, 11, 21, 29
  • Rape – 3, 23, 31, 32

For further information about this study, see Psychology Today

asked 07 Aug '12, 08:08

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edited 07 Aug '12, 08:13

I feel like I'm visiting Hogwarts instead of Inward Quest these days. Yeah, I got zero correct.

(07 Aug '12, 08:21) Nikulas

I dont see 19-24... but I did pick out 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 16, 28, 29, & 31

(07 Aug '12, 08:23) LapisLazuli

@LapisLazuli - I've uploaded a corrected picture with 19-24

(07 Aug '12, 08:27) Stingray

I fail at this so much. I would bust all of them lol.

(07 Aug '12, 08:30) CalonLan

I got most, but I missed four.

(07 Aug '12, 08:31) Fairy Princess

I got half of them wrong, but I picked out 3 of the 4 rapists. Yikes, what a thought.

(07 Aug '12, 11:17) Grace

I picked 8 of them though didn't define their crime , interesting exercise Stingray

Oh and thanks for the giggle @Nikulas :-)

(07 Aug '12, 11:25) Starlight

I have actually spent some time "behind bars" ... before going there I imagined all kinds of things ... once "inside" I got to know small and big time crooks, including murderers, rapists and child molesters ... now I "know" there's absolutely no difference between those "inside" and those on the "outside" :)

(16 Jun '15, 05:53) jaz

@jaz, I think you're right. There is no difference between 'criminals' and presidents. However, you can definitely get a reading on the vibration of despair/powerlessness from looking at faces, eyes in particular. Anybody that is a 'criminal' is only trying to find relief from despair and going UP to anger/revenge etc is higher on the EGS scale than despair. Dealing drugs to get money (which they feel they can't access in a more positive way) is always in order to bring a little relief.....

(16 Jun '15, 08:11) Yes

... Look at pictures of 'criminals' in the newspapers, you will never see a happy, excitable, life-is-fantastic vibration around them. You can see that they are living in that gap of separation from Source pretty much all day every day. What's on the outside is always an exact match to what's on the inside. If you feel unworthy, chronic despair and powerless then being in prison would be a perfect vibrational match to that.

(16 Jun '15, 08:14) Yes

"If you feel unworthy, chronic despair and powerless then being in prison would be a perfect match" ... yes it's a perfect match and it's easy to "see" that there're far more people outside of prison yet "imprisoned by duality" than there are in prison :)

(16 Jun '15, 09:16) jaz

@jaz, that's very true!

(16 Jun '15, 10:56) Yes

"imprisoned by duality" meaning imprisoned in the physical world ... just like real prisoners lol ... and so what is "criminal" but a label invented by the judgment of humans :)

(16 Jun '15, 23:51) jaz

One of The Free Dictionary definitions of crime is "an unjust, senseless or disgraceful act or condition" ... that definition could easily apply to how most humans perceive reality

(18 Jun '15, 02:40) jaz
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Fantastic experiment Stingray.....

I got many of them, but what their crime was I couldn't figure out. It's in the eye's. There's more of an innocence in the eyes of innocent guys.

The main one that threw me off was #1....that guy is full of hate and anger.


answered 08 Aug '12, 17:03

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@Eldavo - "It's in the eye's. There's more of an innocence in the eyes of innocent guys." - Interesting observation. Thank you. I had been looking generally at the faces since I figured that someone who smiles and laughs alot would eventually "etch" that positiveness into their facial features somehow, and the opposite would be true for someone who is generally unhappy.

(09 Aug '12, 05:26) Stingray

It was sorta fun to try and guess at who's who :) Marked answers below...


  • XX - the person was innocent
  • X - crime - I labelled the person criminal, but got the crime incorrect.
  • V - got the person and crime right :)


  • 1 - arson (XX)
  • 3 - rape (V)
  • 4 - assault (V)
  • 6 - assault (XX)
  • 8 - rape (X - drug dealing)
  • 11 - drug dealing (V)
  • 15 - assault (XX)
  • 16 - drug dealing (X - arson)
  • 18 - assault (XX)
  • 19 - arson (XX)
  • 21 - drug dealing (V)
  • 24 - drug dealing (X - assault)
  • 27 - arson (X - assault)
  • 29 - rape (X - drug dealing)
  • 30 - rape (XX)
  • 32 - arson (X - rape)

In retrospect, I probably should have followed the "intuition rule" that a high school teacher of mine taught as a tip for multiple choice exams... the first answer that crosses your mind is usually the intuitively correct one. Overthinking your answer usually leads to selecting the incorrect option... and that happened here. For example, at first blush I thought 32 was rape, and 29 was drug dealing.


answered 17 Jun '15, 02:20

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now play exactly the same "intuition rule" game with people that have not been labelled as criminals ... lol

(17 Jun '15, 02:34) jaz

and you'll be forced to admit that;

  • either there's a lot of "criminals" walking around that have not been labelled criminal

  • or "criminal" is just a label, a concept of right and wrong invented by humans

  • or all this is just a load of hullabaloo

  • or ...... (fill in the blanks)
(17 Jun '15, 02:56) jaz
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