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Brainwashed by Scott Lilienfeld, Sally Satel

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MY AMYGDALA MADE ME DO IT

The Trials of Neurolaw

ON THE AFTERNOON OF SEPTEMBER 9, 1993, two fishermen discovered the body of Shirley Ann Crook floating in Missouri’s Meramec River. She had been hogtied with electrical wire, and her face was covered in a towel secured by layers of duct tape. The next day, police arrested Christopher Simmons on suspicion of her murder. The seventeen-year-old high-school student quickly confessed that he and a fifteen-year-old friend had broken into Crook’s home soon after midnight two nights earlier. He said that upon entering her bedroom, he was surprised to recognize Crook, forty-six, from a minor car accident ...

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