Category Archives: 1920s criminals

Mugs in the Jug: British Edition

Hey everyone! Remember that post I wrote about 1920s mug shots from Australia? Well, now I’ve got a whole bunch of new ones…from England! 😀 This particular collection comes from a scrapbook by former New Scotland Yard detective Herbert Mew, … Continue reading

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Fact and Fiction in Episode One of AMC’s “The Making of the Mob: Chicago”

So a few days ago I finally had a chance to watch the first episode of AMC’s The Making of the Mob: Chicago. Since this year’s season is set in Chicago and follows Al Capone, I figured I’d start reviewing … Continue reading

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Raise a Glass: Today is National Bootlegger’s Day…and Al’s Birthday, Too!

Thanks to the magic of Google Alerts I found out that today—January 17th—is none other than National Bootlegger’s Day. What’s National Bootlegger’s Day, you ask? Well, according to NationalDayCalendar, this day was created to celebrate bootleggers and their various attempts to … Continue reading

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Victor Lustig’s Ten Commandments for Con Men

About a week ago I posted about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s attempt to turn “cocktail” into a verb. That list was from Shaun Usher’s wonderful book (and blog) Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience. Today, I … Continue reading

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“He F*cking Deserved It”: How Al Capone Got His Famous Scars

When reporters worked up the nerve to ask, he’d say he got it from “a German machine gunner” in the trenches, or maybe while he was part of the Lost Battalion—but we already know he never served in World War … Continue reading

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“I understand the doctor said he got tonsillitis”: a story from The Professional Thief

Last week I wrote a review of The Professional Thief, a book about the lifeways of professional thieves in the 1920s.  Today, I thought I’d give you a brief story from that book.  This particular incident comes from one of … Continue reading

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Primary Source Book Review: The Professional Thief, by Edwin Sutherland and Chic Connall, 1937

  Ever wonder what it would be like to be a professional thief in 1925? Well, wonder no more! In his study The Professional Thief: by a Professional Thief, Annotated and Interpreted by Edwin H. Sutherland, Indiana University sociologist Edwin … Continue reading

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Mugs in the Jug: 1920s Mugshots

“Of what good could can these twisted and unnatural faces be?  Were their owners met in the streets their countenances would be composed…No one would know them then.  Well, that is all wrong…The sun has been too quick for them, … Continue reading

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