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Doing Hard Time: Historic Nebraska Mug Shots

A Mug Shot

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 used photography beginning in 1867 to record the likeness of the state's most infamous residents. The Omaha police photographed suspects when arrested. Whether the people depicted were guilty or innocent, behind every photograph is a human story. This glimpse back at some of the thousands of photographs in the Nebraska State Penitentiary and Omaha Police Court Collections at the Nebraska State Historical Society and their accompanying tales offer insights into how earlier Nebraskans ran afoul of the law, and how some attitudes about crime and punishment may have changed.
  


Mrs. H. C. Adams

#663
Blackmail


Minnie Bradley

#1015
Larceny from a person


Mattie Brown

#7213
Larceny from a person, 1 year


Frank Carter,
"Omaha Sniper,"
#9277
Murder, 1st. degree, death


Herbert Cockran

#595
Burglary


James Collins

#109
Burglary, 5 years


Nora Courier

#824
Horse stealing



Frank Dinsmore

#3741
Murder, life


Ruby Fox

#8297
Escaping from custody
1 year


Myrtle Hetrick

#8298
Escaping from custody
1 year


Amos Holloman

#11191, 12838, 15252


Charles Hutchinson

#4311
Murder, 2nd degree, 12 years


Nannie Hutchinson

#4312
Murder, 2nd degree, 10 years


 Alberto Interciago

#6262
Assault to wound
1-20 years


Albert Johnson

#907
Grand larceny,
1 year and 6 months


William Lee

#7516
Bootlegging
6 mo. to 2 years


George Leonard

#923
Burglary


Jennie Lester

#6270
Enticing to illicit intercourse, 1-3 years


Bertha Liebbeke

#5693
Grand larceny, 3 years


Jim Ling

#276
Keeping an opium joint


Lola Lopez

#8319
Manslaughter, 4 years


Alv Lytle

#10360
Bank robbery, 12-15 years


Bert Martin

#3656
Horse theft


Charles Martin

#238
Safe blowing and burglary


James Pappas

#8927
Arson, 5 years


George Ray

#3566
Manslaughter, 10 years



John Reid

#4747
Manslaughter, 7 years


F. P. Johnson

#846
Fraud


Mary Shannon

#8783
Mayhem, 2 years


Stephen Shock

#6970
Grand Larceny, 2 years


Jake Vohland

#11408
Chicken theft, 1 year


James White Water

#84
Manslaughter


Thomas Whitney

#203
Obtaining money under false pretenses


Goldie Williams

#228
Vagrancy

 

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