Mug shots are very cool. Way cooler than passport or driver license photos because they’re EARNED, dammit; you can’t just make an appointment. And they’re an important part of documented history, as evidenced in a gritty new book, Booked: The Last 150 Years Told Through Mug Shots (Seven Stories Press). Italian author Giacomo Papi (in an awkward text translated from the Italian edition) compiles and illuminates the mostly sullen faces of lawbreakers from Charles Manson to Marilyn Manson, Sid Vicious to Mark David Chapman, Emma Goldman to Old Dirty Bastard, Kobe Bryant to Tokyo Rose to Yasmin Bleeth. Rock stars, movie stars, assassins, spies, dictators. We’ve culled a few of the perps here. You’ll probably recognize them, but check names and crimes after the jump.
Suspects, from top: Jim Morrison, 1963, not known; Mickey Rourke, 1994, battery on Carré Otis; Frank Sinatra, 1938, seduction (falsely promised marriage to engage in sex); Frankie Valli, 1965, unpaid hotel bill; Janis Joplin, 1969, verbal assault on a police officer; Noelle Bush (Jeb’s daughter), 2002, attempting to buy Xanax without a prescription; Jeffrey Dahmer, 1982, you have to ask?; Angela Davis, 1970, kidnapping; Bill Gates, 1977, traffic violation; Dennis Hopper, 1975, leaving the scene of an accident; Steve McQueen, 1972, DUI.