Historic Nebraska Mugshots

 

Frank Dinsmore Mugshot

 

Doing Hard Time: Historic Nebraska Mug Shots

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 History Nebraska 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
Omaha Police Court
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Charles Martin

#238
Safe blowing and burglary
Omaha Police Court
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Minnie Bradley

#1015
Larceny from a person
Omaha Police Court
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Alberto Interciago

#6262
Assault to wound
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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James Pappas

#8927
Arson
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Mattie Brown

#7213
Larceny from a person
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Albert Johnson

#907
Grand larceny
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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George Ray

#3566
Manslaughter
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Frank Carter, "Omaha Sniper"

#9277
Murder, 1st degree
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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William Lee

#7516
Bootlegging
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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John Reid

#4747
Manslaughter
Nebraska State Prison
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Herbert Cockran

#595
Burglary
Omaha Police Court
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George Leonard

#923
Burglary
Omaha Police Court
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F. P. Robinson

#846
Fraud
Omaha Police Court
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Jennie Lester

#6270
Enticing to illicit intercourse
Nebraska State Prison
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Mary Shannon

#8783
Mayhem
Nebraska State Prison
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James Collins

#109
Burglary
Omaha Police Court
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Nora Courier

#824
Horse stealing
Omaha Police Court
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Bertha Liebbeke

#5693
Grand larceny
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Stephen Shock

#6970
Grand Larceny
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Frank Dinsmore

#3741
Murder, life
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Jim Ling

#276
Keeping an opium joint
Omaha Police Court
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Jake Vohland

#11408
Chicken theft
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Ruby Fox

#8297
Escaping from custody
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Myrtle Hetrick

#8298
Escaping from custody
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Lola Lopez

#8319
Manslaughter
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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James White Water

#84
Manslaughter
Nebraska State Prison
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Amos Holloman

#11191, #12838, #15252
Nebraska State Prison
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Alv Lytle

#10360
Bank Robbery
Nebraska State Prison
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Thomas Whitney

#203
Obtaining money under false pretenses
Omaha Police Court
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Bert Martin

#3656
Horse Theft
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Goldie Williams

#228
Vagrancy
Omaha Police Court
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Nannie Hutchinson

#4312
Murder, 2nd degree
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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Charles Hutchinson

#4311
Murder, 2nd degree
Nebraska State Penitentiary
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