These Old Mugshots From Australian Prisons Will Chill You


Old Mugshots - Edward Coffey

The New South Wales Police Department took a series of photos, called “special photographs,” that captured criminals shortly after being apprehended. The unconventional, candid photos and old mugshots capture their subjects in more human postures than the modern mugshot. Some of them look like normal people who made a bad decisions. And others look absolutely terrifying.

This man, who bears an uncomfortable resemblance to a clean-shaven Adolf Hitler, wears a bowtie and an ill-fitting suit. He looks more like a carnival barker than a criminal.

His name was Ernest Joseph Coffey. The photograph was taken on June 2, 1922, at an unknown location. It’s also not know what his offense was.



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