Photography revolutionized crime investigations. Beginning in the mid 1800s, police photographed the faces of known criminals. Called “mug shots” (after the British slang word “mug” meaning “face”) these images replaced drawings and descriptions on wanted posters. Scientists even studied mug shots to see if physical traits could predict criminal behavior. The Nebraska State Penitentiary usedContinue reading “15 Fascinating Mugshots Of Criminals From Nebraska during the Late 19th Century”
(Photos via Mark Michaelson)
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Champion Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were an American criminal couple who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, known for their bank robberies, although they preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations.Continue reading “Bonnie and Clyde: 25 Amazing Photographs of the Most Famous Gangster Couple in the Early 1930s”
Jewish American infamous mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was born on February 28, 1906 in New York. From his early days as a street thug, he rose to become a feared crime boss, bookmaker and Hollywood playboy who conspired with the likes of Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. Bugsy Siegel also headed several bootlegging and racketeeringContinue reading “30 Vintage Photos of Mobster Bugsy Siegal”
These images are a selection from an album of photographs of prisoners brought before the North Shields Police Court in the early 1900s in the collection of Tyne & Wear Archives.