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All About the Mugshot

Posted by admin on March 20, 2015

In our line of work, we see mugshots every day. On a busy day, we can process over 10,000 criminal record requests. Every once in a while we like to share a bit of the Mugshots we have run across that are interesting. Sometimes funny, sometimes historical or sometimes just hard to believe, we see them all.  Take the toaster torturer for example....She was arrested in Sarasota, Florida after beating her husband with a toaster for not cooking her breakfast correctly.  Someone was feeling extra crazy this morning or maybe she was just super hungry!mugshot1

According to Wikipedia, The earliest photos of prisoners taken for use by law enforcement may have been taken in Belgium in 1843 or 1844. In the United Kingdom, police in Liverpool and Birmingham were photographing criminals by 1848. By 1857, the New York City police department had a gallery where daguerreotypes of criminals were displayed.

The Pinkerton National Detective Agency began using these on wanted posters in the United States. By the 1870s the agency had amassed the largest collection of mug shots in the U.S.

The paired arrangement may have been inspired by the 1865 prison portraits taken by Alexander Gardner of accused conspirators in the Lincoln assassination trial, though Gardner's photographs were full-body portraits with only the heads turned for the profile shots.mugshot2

But not all mugshots are necessarily a bad thing. Jeremy Meeks seen below was sentenced to two years in prison after being arrested in Stockton CA and sentenced to 27 months in a federal prison for being a felon in possession of a .45 caliber pistol.mugshot3

ABC News reports that Meeks, who was sentenced to up to two years in prison in February, signed with a modeling agent and plans to put his head down to try and earn an early release, then take advantage of his newfound fame. "I’m in a place where I will be able to provide for my family and really change my life," he told ABC News from a Nevada prison. "I never thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks, so I feel extremely blessed and very thankful."

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