Photographs of the Execution of Conspirators in the Assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, 1865

On April 14, 1865, Lewis Thornton Powell, alias Payne, was the (Live Oak?) Florida native who was part of Booth’s conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln, Vice President Johnson and Secretary of State Seward. Powell entered Seward’s home, stabbed him in the throat, inflicted dangerous wounds on other members of the household. He escaped and hidContinue reading “Photographs of the Execution of Conspirators in the Assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, 1865”

Portraits of Wild Bill Hickok, the Most Famous of All Western Gunfighters

James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as “Wild Bill” Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his life on the frontier as a soldier, scout, lawman, gambler, showman, and actor, and for his involvement in many famous gunfights. He earned a great deal ofContinue reading “Portraits of Wild Bill Hickok, the Most Famous of All Western Gunfighters”

40 Amazing Photos Showing Prostitution in Paris in 1966

Prostitution in Paris, both street prostitution and prostitution from dedicated facilities has a long history but also its own modernity in the French capital. Prostitutes are mostly women but also include transgender people and men. Of men born between 1920 and 1925, one in five had experienced his first sexual relationship in a maison-close. ParisContinue reading “40 Amazing Photos Showing Prostitution in Paris in 1966”

Mick Jagger Posed for the Mug Shot, 1967

In February 1967, two members of The Rolling Stones, lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards were arrested at Richards’ home, Redlands, West Wittering, Sussex for drug possession. The raid had been preceded by a major campaign by the tabloid newspaper the News of the World, whom Jagger was suing for libel at theContinue reading “Mick Jagger Posed for the Mug Shot, 1967”

35 Amazing Mugshots From the Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties was a golden era for criminals when rapid societal change led to the opening up of new illicit markets for entrepreneurial felons. Fast times bred new crimes creating policing challenges ranging from reckless joyriders to the emergence of the Mafia and razor gangs. New South Wales Police Department photographers captured the zeitgeistContinue reading “35 Amazing Mugshots From the Roaring Twenties”

Here’s the Earliest Mug Shot Still in Existence, ca. 1843

When photography was invented in the first half of the 19th century, it seemed to be the solution to problems with criminal identification that police around the world had been waiting for: finally, they did not have to rely on their memories and written descriptions of prisoners to recognize criminals. As early as 1841 theContinue reading “Here’s the Earliest Mug Shot Still in Existence, ca. 1843”

The Story of Baba Anujka, the World’s Oldest Serial Killer

Known variously as the Banat Witch or the Witch of Vladimirovac, but best known as Baba Anujka, Ana di Pištonja was an accomplished amateur chemist and a convicted killer from the village of Vladimirovac, Yugoslavia (in Serbia). She poisoned at least 50 people and possibly as many as 150 in the late 19th and earlyContinue reading “The Story of Baba Anujka, the World’s Oldest Serial Killer”

Short But Tragic Life With Gangster: 45 Photos of Frances Shea, First Wife of East End Gangster Reggie Kray in the 1960s

Born 1943 in Ormsby Street, Bethnal Green, East London, of Irish descent, Frances Shea was the beautiful, but doomed, first wife of Reggie Kray, one half of the infamous British gangster twins The Krays. Her father, Frank, had run the gambling at the Regency Club in Stoke Newington, which is how she came to theContinue reading “Short But Tragic Life With Gangster: 45 Photos of Frances Shea, First Wife of East End Gangster Reggie Kray in the 1960s”

Vintage Historical Photos of the Wild West

The American frontier, also known as the Old West or the Wild West, includes the geography, history, folklore, and culture in the forward wave of American expansion in mainland North America that began with European colonial settlements in the early 17th century and ended with the admission of the last few western territories as statesContinue reading “Vintage Historical Photos of the Wild West”