Crim­i­nol­o­gists and other social sci­en­tists should use their exper­tise to help the sub­jects of their research, including crime vic­tims, says James Alan Fox, a pro­fessor of crim­i­nology, law, and public policy at North­eastern University.

Mr. Fox recently helped a 2012 master’s-degree grad­uate from North­eastern who was drawn into the after­math of the Boston Marathon bombing. “Danny”—the pseu­donym he adopted to pro­tect him­self from media hounding—became a hostage of the sus­pected bombers, the brothers Tamerlan Tsar­naev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsar­naev, 19, who drove him around Cam­bridge, Mass., for 90 min­utes, late at night, three days after the deadly attack.

Danny, a 26-​​year-​​old Chi­nese national who came to the United States in 2009 for grad­uate engi­neering studies, had just set up his own com­pany. He had leased a new Mer­cedes. When he pulled over to reply to a text mes­sage, the brothers car­jacked the vehicle, with him inside, at gunpoint.


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