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”
These mugshots show women criminals from the 1920s. They mostly came from Australia and New Zealand.
Mesmerizing colorized photos show the most notorious female criminals in 1920s Australia, including the fearsome London born razor-gang leader Matilda Devine. These pictures are from a series of around 2,500 “special photographs” taken by the New South Wales Police Department photographers between 1910 and 1930. They were mostly taken in the cells at the CentralContinue reading “Incredible Colorized Images of Australia’s Most Notorious Female Criminals of the Early 20th Century”
Rock stardom is practically synonymous with a lifestyle of reckless partying and debauchery. Therefore, it’s no surprise that life in the limelight comes with a few stints in jail — along with accompanying mug shots. Everyone from David Bowie to Kurt Cobain has a mug shot in their history. Some even have multiple arrests onContinue reading “From Jimi Hendrix to Ozzy Osbourne, Here Are 11 Worst Mugshots of Rock Stars in the Past”
The Philadelphia Poison Ring was a murder for hire gang led by Italian immigrant cousins, Herman and Paul Petrillo who were involved in insurance scams, counterfeiting, and murder. The ring came to light in 1938 and the cousins were ultimately convicted of first degree murder and executed by electric chair in 1941. A Russian-Jewish immigrantContinue reading “The Philadelphia Poison Ring – 21 Incredible Mugshots of Criminals in the Late 1930s”
The police mugshot photograph was developed as early as the mid-nineteenth century, and it has since developed as an iconic photographic type in its own right. Formulaic and recognized the world over, it was developed when the Victorian fascination of labelling and categorizing of people was at its height. Remarkably, the mugshot photograph has changedContinue reading “20 Amazing Mugshots of American Women in the 1960s”
“Some years ago I discovered a cache of glass negative mug shots taken in the early 20th century; each negative was inscribed with the man’s name and alleged crime. In order to research the life of each man pictured in the 500 negatives, I spent the next three years traveling back and forth from NewContinue reading “23 Extraordinary Mugshots of Turn-of-the-Century Prisoners”