Few things are as unsettling as staring into the eyes of a hardened criminal. Check out these early-20th-century mugshots of Australian felons, whose expressions will send a shiver down your spine. Take this character – one William Stanley Moore – who was arrested by the NSW Police Force for dealing bogus cocaine and opium on Sydney’s waterfront. He’s dapper, sure, but you wouldn’t want to mess with him.
Moore’s mugshot, and the portraits of hundreds of other criminals, come from the NSW Police Forensic Archive. In the 1920s officers began using a camera – which back then was brand-new technology – to catalog the criminals they arrested. This guy, burglar Frank Murray, ended up being sentenced to a year of hard labor.