Crime and Punishment in the 19th - 20th Centuries

Created on Jul 12, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
Discover photos of U.S. citizens who committed crimes in the 1800's and early 1900's. Most of the crimes for which they were arrested are very different from current offenses - selling liquor (for which you could be imprisoned for life), anarchy, fighting for women's rights, pickpocketing, train robbing - and at least one is still rampant today: murder. There's even a photo of the first documented serial murderer in the United States. You can click on any of the photos to read more about the people and their crimes.

Note: Some of these mug shots may seem to be of the dead. They aren't - they had been beaten while or after being arrested. We've identified the two photos taken of actually dead outlaws. It was common practice in earlier times to take photos of dead outlaws.

Crime and Punishment in the 19th - 20th Centuries

Rube Burrow, train robber, in his coffin

Rube Burrow

After being killed, thousands viewed his body and took souvenirs.

This is "prison garb"?

Dave Merrill

Joseph Chancellor

Joseph Chancellor

A Pinkerton's National Detective Agency identification card.

Unknown outlaws of the Old West

Outlaws of the Old West - The Dalton Gang Coffeyville Kansas

Yes, they are dead!

Arrested for selling liquor for the 4th time

Etta Mae (Waid) Miller, Michigan 1928

She could have gotten life - but she was acquitted.


A suffragette in prison

Mrs. Martine

Another suffragette

Doris Stevens

Sent to Occoquan prison for 60 days

Capote's "In Cold Blood" was based on these men

Perry Smith & Richard Hickock, 'Clutter' Killers
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