26 Fascinating Mug Shots Of Criminals In The 1870s

And by "criminals," I mean chicken stealers. The crimes are the best part.

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The mugshots come from the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Flickr page. According to the page, all the prisoners photographed spent time in Newcastle Gaol between December 1871–December 1873.

3. Mary Catherine Docherty was sentenced to seven days of hard labor after being convicted of stealing iron. Her three accomplices, Mary Hinnigan, Ellen Woodman, and Rosanna Watson, were given the same punishment.

10. Michael Clement Fisher was 13 when he and an accomplice were both charged with breaking into houses. They were sentenced to two months in prison.

22. Thirteen-year-old James Scullion was sentenced to 14 days' hard labor for stealing clothes. After this he was sent to Market Weighton Reformatory School for three years.

25. Fifteen-year-old Richard Rimmington was convicted of stealing a pipe from a shop and was expected to serve 14 days with hard labor. He was spared his sentence when his parents agreed to pay costs and the resulting fine.