Thursday, March 30, 2017

John Reed

John  Reed
Born abt 1858 in Mount Prospect, Victoria, Australia

Life of crime:
 John Reed, 15, was given two weeks hard labour and five years reformation for stealing money in 1873.Middle-class background: Henry Leonard Stephenson, 12, left, and his fresh-faced accomplice Michael Clement Fisher, 13, right, were choir boys from good stock but were jailed for two months for breaking into three houses in 1873. The media at the time blamed the boys' crime on their penchant for the 'wrong sort of books' on characters like notorious 18th-century highwayman Jack Sheppard

I could not find anything else on this poor lad

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Catherine Cain King

Catherine Cain King

Seems like she may have been orphaned, her earliest arrest records has her age at 15.

Catherine Cain King was born abt 1825 in England.

Catherine Cain King was convicted of stealing a pocket watch, she had previously served 7 days for drunken conduct, on this occasion she served 3 months with hard labor. Age (on discharge): 23 Height: 5’1 1/2” Hair: Dark Brown Eyes.
Below are the arrest records I found for Catherine.
I couldn't find any other information for her.

Her photo is heartbreaking.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Henry F Bell

Henry F Bell served in WWI  from Feb 6, 1917, to May 6, 1919. Supply Co. 317th Infantry as a Pvt.

There isn't much information on Henry. His wife was Leola and he was born on 6 Jun 1901 in St. Louis MO and died at age 50 on 15 Jul 1951.

I Made a memorial for him on Find-A-Grave.

Here's part of his sad tale.

I feel a sadness for this man. Did the war affect him and therefore he drank? Or was this a deeper sad situation where the police were racist? I do know he served our Country and he had a wife.

Please visit his memorial and leave a little memento honoring him. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Elsie Bowman

Mug shot of Elsie Bowman, 31 October 1928, Long Bay Women's Reformatory.

Miss Elsie Bowman was born about 1904 according to arrest records. 

In almost all of her arrests she was with a character by the name of Leslie Thompson, he has a long rap sheet for burglary stealing and breaking and entering. 

Prisoner identification photograph no. 743 LB. Elsie Bowman was a pickpocket, prostitute, and thief and was a close associate of John Brendon Parker, thief and notorious escapee. Bowman's MO as recorded in the NSW Criminal Register, 22 July 1938, includes
such details as 
She Sat down alongside a man on a seat in University Park, Sydney, at night, and stole a sum of money from his fob pocket. When the man discovered his loss and accused Bowman she handed the money to Alfred Thomas McGovern ... by whom she was accompanied. 
 After having several drinks with a man whom she had picked up on a city street, stole 12 pounds from his pockets whilst pretending to feel his privates in the approved fashion of the lower type of prostitute. 
 Snatched at a gold watch chain on a man's vest, but only succeeded in stealing a gold-mounted sovereign, which she later sold to a gold buyer.  An associate of criminals and prostitutes generally ...  Frequents Newtown, Enmore, and Darlington.



New South Wales. Police Dept.
City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.

Glass plate negative:

In my research on Elsie, I could not find any family information, where she died or if she ever married. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arthur Davis Adams

Arthur Davis Adams Mug Shot

I did some research on Mr. Adams and besides his potty mouth, all I found was his birth year 1857 and his alias John Kilson.

One common element in many mug shots, however, is the display of prisoners’ hands. In 1886, the introduction of fingerprinting in New Zealand was still nearly two decades away, so the inclusion of hands in mug shots provided an additional point of identification for police. Missing fingers, scars, and the general shape and condition of the prisoners' hands could all help in the identification of a suspect.