What We Found

Mrs. H. C. Adams

Looks can often be deceiving. Mrs. H.C. Adams looks every bit the typical Victorian lady. Her elegant hairstyle and wire-rimmed glasses hide a dark secret. Mrs. Adams ...

Charles Martin

Three burglars blew up a safe in a bank vault in Sheridan, Missouri, on the night of February 15, 1898. They got away with about $2,400. The bank's insurance company ...

Minnie Bradley

Minnie Bradley refuses to look at the camera in her Omaha Police Court mug shot. Minnie, 27, and 5 foot 2 inches tall was arrested in Omaha on December 11, 1902 for ...

Alberto Interciago

Alberto Interciago was sentenced to one to twenty years at the Nebraska State Prison for "assault to wound" in February 1914. In the first photograph, Interciago sports ...

James Pappas

His mugshot card reads: "This man operated a General Store in Deweese, Nebraska, upon which he carried heavy insurance. He had a young man working for him and incited ...

Mattie Brown

Mattie Brown's eyes in her mug shot seem to tell the story of a hard life. On September 25, 1917, she was sent to the Nebraska State Prison for 1 year for larceny from a ...

Albert Johnson

In March 1885, Albert Johnson arrived at the Nebraska State Prison sporting an impressive handlebar mustache. Johnson was sentenced to 1 year and 6 months for grand ...

George Ray

People rarely smiled in 19th century photographs. Long exposure times are often blamed for the lack of happy faces. By the end of the 19th century, advances in ...

Frank Carter, “Omaha Sniper”

In February 1926, Frank Carter, dubbed the "Omaha Sniper," terrorized the city of Omaha. He was convicted of killing 2 men, but confessed to 45 murders. He was put to ...

William Lee

Nebraska's prohibition law went into effect on May 1, 1917, outlawing the manufacturing and sale of liquor. Soon after Nebraska jails began filling with liquor law ...

John Reid

On the evening of May 13, 1906, a violent confrontation occurred between the African American members of Troop B, Tenth United States Cavalry Regiment, and the ...

Herbert Cockran

An unidentified member of the Omaha police force holds Herbert Cockran in a headlock during his mug shot. Cockran was arrested on November 24, 1899, for burglary. A ...

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