The Makings of a Criminal — Just Add Lead

The lead-crime hypothesis and its effect on modern-day society.

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Lead. It’s probably not something you have thought of in recent years. Back in the 1920s, it was used in gasoline to reduce engine knock and in paints to speed drying. Of course, a couple of decades later, the toxic effects were undeniable and lead was banned in these products.