From the Times:
What happened with the superpredator jeremiads is that they proved to be nonsense. They were based on a notion that there would be hordes upon hordes of depraved teenagers resorting to unspeakable brutality, not tethered by conscience. No one in the mid-1990s promoted this theory with greater zeal, or with broader acceptance, than John J. DiIulio Jr., then a political scientist at Princeton.DiIulio was also a very good professor, by the way. I got an A in his Politics 240 class.
As John DiIulio says, “Demography is not fate, and criminology is not pure science."