I hope you are finding the story content interesting and educational. This distasteful topic took me to many sources in an effort to make the information as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Like general medicine, the field of mental health is in constant flux. Each day we learn more. We do know nature and environment both shape behavior but there are yet unknown biological factors which likely contribute to criminal conduct. It doesn’t mean there is genetic transmission. Some genes carry medical and mental disorders but no “crime gene” has been found.
As a six-year-old, Bar-Jonah was violent. His difficult temperament and disruptive behavior started his progression to antisocial behavior and psychopathy but not necessarily to pedophilia. Lack of remorse for actions, never accepting responsibility, grandiose perceptions of self-worth and pathological lying, classify him as a psychopath.
Bio-social factors impact personality development and behavior. As psychologist and criminology professor Anthony Walsh stated, “Genes control biochemical reactions, not thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.”
Communications with Bar-Jonah provided an understanding on how parents and children learned to trust him. His behavior portrayed classic pedophile characteristics. He gained their trust. He was wily, convincing and could be socially appropriate. If you listen to the interview audio clips, I think you’ll find him believable, just as the mothers did who left their children in his care. Most of what you hear on the tapes are lies.