Mugshots from 1903 in curious series

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10 Responses to “Mugshots from 1903 in curious series”

  1. Rick. says:

    Prison today would be so much less scary with ascots.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The sign by the person on the left says “E., V.Methever”, 57 years. he was hanged for murder on 10th may 1901. See “http://users.bestweb.net/~rg/execution/CALIFORNIA.htm”

  3. slump says:

    @7

    I’m guessing the cops in 1903 had little to stop them from administering a beating during the arrest or after to get a confession.

  4. theundreaming says:

    Actually, it appears they are wearing striped vests over their striped shirts.

    Not that the same hypothesis wouldn’t apply…

    I wonder if they had striped jackets – 3-piece prison suit?

  5. Anonymous says:

    In both top two rows, the two left images are identical except for their hats; the head on the guy on the right has been rotated. These are Photoshopped images from when?

  6. Adam Stanhope says:

    Could the guy in the middle be an ACTUAL “Coolie” ?!

    The guy on the left with a caved in head appears to be in for “First Degree Murder” with a sentence of Death.

    They let caved-in-head-guy keep his mustache, but the guy on the right appears to have lost him during intake.

  7. freeyourcrt says:

    The mugshots on the SG site combined with the revelations from the slightly newer posting about trickery on the part of the NYC police give me a very icky feeling. Or maybe it’s just the photos themselves. Just another shining example of our tax dollars at work I guess.

  8. treq says:

    Love how the guy on the right has a mustache-tan on the bottom pic, though I still don’t get why he had to shave and death-sentence bro only had to trim.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Nevermind the guy on the left’s mustache, what’s the deal with his eye?

  10. BrotherPower says:

    Well, I’m gratified to see Jonah Hex lived to a ripe old age before they done did him in.

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