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15 Examples Of Why Mugshots Were Way Cooler In The 1800s

These days, pretty much everyone looks terrible or like a joke in their mugshots. Back in the nineteenth-century, they looked the same—but with a bit more style. And now you can emulate the exact same style with the "Mugshot Yourself" app, below—and then tune into Copper, new episodes Sundays at 10/9c only on BBC America.

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1. Amy Gill


With or without having committed a physical crime, Amy probably should've been locked up just for sporting that terrible weave. That being said, she also let some poor shopkeeper in Birmingham, England have it back in the late-1800s.

4. Heuare Kakukuio


Heuare served two years for two counts of horse stealing back in 1888—because if his hat and facial hair don't scream "horse stealer" to you, then you need to have your eyes checked.

7. Basil Cochrane


Basil, whose alias was "George M. Donald," was sentenced to four months in jail for imposing... but it's pretty clear he should been charged with dressing too fabulously.

8. Frederick C.L. Flint


In 1887, Frederick served a month in jail, but it was under false pretenses. So it's pretty obvious the cops who got 'im just knew his mugshot would look super sweet.

12. Mary Davies


With "at least" eight different aliases and almost certainly as many different ways to style her totally cool hair, Mary was charged with a "variety of crimes" and went to prison in Manchester.

Think these mugshots are sick? With BBC America's new app, you can make yourself look like a nineteenth-century rapscallion. MUGSHOT YOURSELF:


If you think you look good enough to rough up the town like these guys, add your mugshot in the comments!

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