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I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty - a sunken beauty.
Attributed to Alphonse Bertillon, Album of Paris Crime Scenes, 1901-08
Verily it must be that crime is an enchanting affair, for, in truth, from the flames by which it licks us is kindled the torch of our lust. Only crime is sufficient, it alone inflames us, and only crime can ravish pleasure through all degrees of our sensibility.
Marquis de Sade, Justine, ou Les Infortunes de la Vertu, 1791