I am a Criminal Genealogist, I have been doing research and genealogy for over 30 yrs. Armed with a Criminal Justice Degree and a passion to always know more.I started this blog because when I look into the eyes of the person in a mugshot I can feel them nagging at me to tell their stories. I feel something deep in my soul about each of them. Hopefully this blog will help them find their ancestor's, who can learn more of their story. I am not related to any of them, But someone is.
August Britten was born in 1870 in Norway, or so his criminal says, I have my doubts. Found no family information at all.
Inmate #16784 Rec: 20 Apr 1896 Crime: Burg 1st degree Term: 1 year
Inmate #4177 Folsom
Rec: 23 Sep 1897
Crime: Burglary 1st Degree
Term: 10 years
In 1892 a Judge committed him to the Stockton State Hospital
See document below.
Birth Dateabt 1870
Record Date12 Jul 1892
HospitalStockton State Hospital
Hospital PlaceStockton, San Joaquin, California, USA
Melancholia: deep sadness or gloom; melancholy. "rain slithered down the windows, encouraging a creeping melancholia "dated
a mental condition marked by persistent depression and ill-founded fears.
Was this because he was fearful of getting caught for a crime he committed?
August died 8 May 1898 from his gunshot wounds.
He is buried in the Folsom Prison Cemetery and there is no photo of his grave, his FAG Memorial is #182559337
I wonder if he was hiding as a patient in the hospital for a crime he committed. He seems to be pretty sane to me considering the two newspaper articles I found. He was very handsome man and I can not imagine he was single, although I never found any records to prove he ever married. I checked California and Nebraska, He stated in his State Hospital record he lived there.
I think he was extremely lonely and that is why he was so sad. I hope he let go of whatever pain he had when he died.