We often joke that Australia is a country of criminals, so it’s fascinating to see a little snapshot from the country’s actual criminal past. The New South Wales Police Department released around 2,500 mugshots of some of its finest female criminals picked up between 1910 and 1930. The snapshots provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives and livelihoods of the criminal underworld.
A good number the women arrested were brought in because of their involvement in the back alley illegal abortion industry, while another large subsect were charged with petty thievery. Another crime of the time — drug use and cocaine possession.
The criminal life certainly was hardknock — many of the women look much older than their rap sheets belie. Let their weathered faces be a warning to you — crime certainly doesn’t pay in moisturizing cremes. Click through to see their vintage mug shots and read their fascinating stories. [Daily Mail UK]
Fun-loving criminal, Michelle Watson, didn’t let a little ol’ arrest spoil her evening. When Michelle was pulled over for hitting numerous curbs and driving her Honda Civic up on the sidewalk, she cursed at a cop, shoved him, and kicked him in the balls. Yes, in case you were wondering, she was extremely intoxicated. On the upside, her mugshot is fabulous. Thumbs up, Michelle! [Huffington Post]
Meanwhile, here are 10 other women in cuffs who made the most of their mugshots.
What in the name of Billy Corgan?! D’arcy Wretsky, the talented bassist from ’90s alternative band Smashing Pumpkins, was arrested on Tuesday on an outstanding bench warrant. Clearly, it was not the greatest day she’s ever known. The details of her case are pretty boring — it involves some horses getting free from a farm she owns in Michigan or something — but her mugshot is completely epic. D’arcy, what the hell happened?! [TMZ] Keep reading »
Poor “Pretty Wild” star Alexis Neiers. Yesterday, the 19-year-old troublemaker began serving her 180-day sentence for her participation in the “bling ring,” a group of teenagers who broke into celebrity houses and stole jewelry and other valuables. Neiers was specifically convicted for her role in robbing Orlando Bloom‘s home. She doesn’t seem super psyched about where she’s headed, huh? Chin up, Alexis, and use the time to consider other fun activities for your future, outside of robbing other rich people. Keep reading »
Rapper Khia, known for the ever-classy jam “My Neck My Back,” spends a lot of time in front of the Tampa police department’s mugshot camera lens. In fact, she’s so famous in Tampa jails that they photograph her hairstyle changes as much as People obsesses over Rihanna‘s locks. Check out her hair evolution over the years through mugshots taken over the years. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Newish “Real Housewives of New York City” star Sonja Morgan is sure starting her summer off with a bang. The unmarried, uh, housewife was arrested for drunk driving in the Hamptons yesterday, after police stopped her for failing to halt at a stop sign and she failed a Breathalyzer test. All that being said, I would still rather hang with her than Kelly Bensimon or Danielle Staub, thank you very much. Will her arrest or upcoming court date be featured on the next season of the show? Cameras weren’t rolling at the time, but something tells me the other hens won’t be able to resist clucking about this one for awhile. Keep reading »
Yesterday, after Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump was arrested for driving without a license, John Mayer admitted he’d been arrested for the same offense and then Twittered a challenge to Harvey Levin at TMZ: “produce my mugshot, [and] I will donate 25k to the charity of [your] choice.” He even gave a hint: “in the first half of the naughts, in the home of the Brave.” Mayer, it turns out, had been arrested in May 2001 in Atlanta (the case was dismissed the following month). TMZ did manage to score the mugshot, but The Smoking Gun beat them by about five minutes in publishing it. Still, John never said TMZ had to be the first site to produce the photo. So, true to his word, he coughed up $25,000 to be split between the two charities TMZ chose (Pet Orphans and Ace of Hearts, two animal shelters in California). Call it a creative publicity stunt, but I say it’s nice to see a celebrity arrest result in such a happy ending. [via TMZ] Keep reading »