Saturday, 25 February 2012

Australian Mugshots

My friend sent me this link the other day, a fascinating look at some mugshots of women in 1920’s Australia. Some of them are absolutely incredible – and also terrifying. These women committed a range of crimes, from murder to back street abortion in New South Wales between 1910 and 1930. 32 year old Dorothy Mort shot her former lover after he declared their affair was over, and Harry Crawford, alias Eugenia Felleni killed her wife after she spent most of her life pretending to be a man. Many of them were arrested on counts of failed abortions.

These photos are incredibly haunting – staring into their eyes is almost unnerving. Or maybe that’s because we know many of them are murderers?

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