Mugshots of Smiling Killers And Obstinate Criminals From 19th Century Nebraska
Way, way back in the day you could be arrested for almost anything, especially if you were poor or a person of color – oh shit, nothing’s really changed then. Check out these mug shots from the early 1890’s.What’s interesting about these photos is the personality that comes through most of them. They also make me wonder how the rest of these human’s lives turned out after they got out of jail…
Goldie Williams defiantly crossed her arms for her Omaha Police Court mug shot. Arrested for vagrancy on Jan. 29, 1898, Williams, also known as Meg Murphy, stood only five feet tall and weighed 110 pounds, according to police records. She listed her home as Chicago and her occupation as prostitute. According to her arrest descriptions, her left index finger was broken and she had a cut below her right wrist. Williams sports an elaborate hat with satin ribbons and feathers. She also wears large hoop earrings.