Young hearts of darkness

Evil used to be the province of religion – the devil being the original evil angel. Now it is more likely to be blamed on the brain, as recent research linking ”cold” or ”callous” children to genetic inheritance, suggests. This biological explanation for the sort of behaviour exhibited by Venables and Thompson refers to inherited traits. But, as far as I know, no one has yet positively identified a gene responsible for either the ”coldness” attributed to some disturbed children, or the lack of empathy seen in psychopaths