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Violent Femmes

Who are they? What were they accused of? Who knows what their crimes were, but there is photographic evidence that something happened. This collection of mugshots of women reveals an interesting mix of ladies. Some manage to look unlikely glamorous, while others look like they could kick your ass any day.
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Burlesque dancer Lili St. Cyr, arrested and fined $50 in 1947 for lewd dancing in Los Angeles

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Interesting little fact: Alphonse Bertillon was a French police clerk who applied the technique of anthropometry to law enforcement creating an identification system based on physical measurements. He is also the inventor of the mugshot. Taking photographs of criminals began only a few years after the invention of photography. But it was not until 1888 that Bertillon standardized the process by devising the iconic form of placing a side photo with a head on shot on one sheet.

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