Mugshot of James Collins, a 23-year-old tailor who was arrested for burglary in Omaha, Nebraska in 1897
After he was arrested in Omaha on May 12, 1897, for burglary, James Collins didn’t stick around to find out how the Nebraska state prison system handled their prisoners. He escaped pretty much immediately, but then he was captured and rearrested shortly afterwards. He was sentenced to serve five years in a state prison.
It’s unclear why Collins has his head bandaged in this photo. It’s possible that he was bonked on the head during his arrest, or more likely during his recapture. Whatever the case, this mugshot is exactly the kind of look that you’d imagine seeing all the time in the old west.
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