Saturday, June 9, 2012
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was discovered over 30 years ago . At that time medical geneticist Dr. Ken Jones and Dr. David Smith found a distinct pattern of mental and physical defects in children with associated facial patterns associated with high levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
For years research concerning the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on children was examined. Studies were done to analyze the damage to the brain and other structures, which resulted in psychological or behavioral problems and physical damage. Studies have shown cognitive issues along with attention deficits, memory problems , reasoning problems, impulsive behavior ,and poor cause and effect reasoning. Most of the research has been done on children.
Now these children with FAS have grown up and become adults. As a result there is now a whole host of issues facing those with the disorder. In fact Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is starting to be recognized by the legal community as a high risk factor for criminal behavior.
In addition, studies have shown that a disproportionately large number of youth and adults with fetal alcohol syndrome appear to be coming into conflict with the legal system. Learning and behavioral difficulties associated may make them more susceptible to criminal behavior.
Those with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome have a distinct pattern of facial features. Thy often have a flat midface, thinner upper lip,flattened ridges between the base of the nose and the upper lip (i.e., a flattened philtrum), skin folds at corner of eye, smaller head circumference, ‘train line’ ear folds and a short nose.
If you look at the early photos of Canadian Canibal Luka Magnotta aka Clinton Newman as a child , you can see many of the facial characteristics which may appear to be associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
According to his aunt , he was "a timebomb waiting to happen " and had a myriad of behavioral problems. As a teen he allegedly had brushes with the law and according to newspaper accounts he was arrested for credit card fraud. Recently, he allegedly posted videos of himself online torturing animals .
At 19 he became a male stripper and a porn star and one of his co-workers reported that he allegedly had temper outbursts where he would hit himself in the head.
Based on his facial and physical characteristics, it seems to me that it is a possibility that his behavioral characteristics may be consistent with that of adult Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, especially with regard to his aberrant and deviant behaviors.Tweet