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Although the headlines fade, the humiliation, vulnerability, and sometimes chilling smugness of the alleged criminal in the mug shot stands the test of time. Covering 150 years of run-ins with the law, Busted reveals more than 500 of the most famous, disturbing, and just plain pathetic mug shots ever recorded. Subjects from all walks of life face front and turn to the left in this enthralling slice of social history. Among the alleged perpetrators are James Brown (carrying an unlicensed weapon and assaulting a police officer), Lenny Bruce (obscenity), Bill Gates (running a red light, driving without a license), Al Capone (tax evasion), Jeffrey Dahmer (rape, torture, murder, cannibalism), Eminem (assault), Mick Jagger (drugs charges), Malcolm X (burglary), Al Pacino (carrying a concealed weapon), Charles Barkley (disorderly conduct), Frank Sinatra (morals charges), Bernie Madoff (securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, perjury, making false filings with the SEC, theft from an employee benefit plan), Bugsy Siegel (gambling and bootlegging), Tupac Shakur (sexual assault), Roger Clinton (drug dealing), and hundreds more.
The date of the arrest is provided, along with the fascinating, shocking, and sometimes ludicrous stories of the circumstance that led to the arrest, as well as occasional details of the trial and punishment (or merely the humble apology) that followed. Impossible to turn away from, Busted is the perfect coffee-table or gift book for our celebrity-obsessed society.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Frank William Abagnale
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, “The Christmas Day Bomber”
Omar Abdel-Rahman, “The Blind Sheikh”
Mehmet Ali Agca
Dennis “Mr. Death” Allen
Lowell Lee Andrews
Susan B. Anthony
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle
Stone Cold Steve Austin
The Bali Nine
Klaus Barbie, “The Butcher of Lyon”
The Beatles (John, George, Paul)
Byron De La Beckwith
Menahem Mendel Beilis
Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
John Wayne Bobbitt
Amy Maud Bock
William Bonin, “The Freeway Killer”
Belle Boyd, “Cleopatra of the Secession”
“Carlos the Jackal” Ilich Ramirez Sanchez
Clarence “The Choctaw Kid” Carnes
“Butch Cassidy” Robert Leroy Parker
Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu
Robert Chambers “The Preppie Killer”
Henri “Papillon” Charrière
Styllou Pantopiou Christofi
Joseph Corbett Jr.
Mary Ann Cotton
Thomas Neill Cream, “The Lambeth Poisoner”
Hawley Harvey Crippen
Eugene V. Debs
Eamon De Valera
Nannie “The Jolly Black Widow” Doss
Francisco Martin Duran
Eminem (Marshall Mathers)
Michael Jude Fay
Ronald De Feo Jr.
Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, “The Lonely Hearts Killers”
James Richard Finch & John Andrew Stuart
Heidi Fleiss, “The Hollywood Madam”
Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd
John T. Ford
Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme
Zsa Zsa Gabor
John Wayne Gacy
Phillip Garrido & Nancy Garrido
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
John K. Giles
The Glen Ridge Rapists
Alan Golder, “The Dinnertime Bandit”
Rose O’Neal Greenhow
Irma “The Beautiful Beast” Grese
Anna Marie Hahn
Robert J. Halderman
Mary Nance Hanson
Naveed Afzal Haq
Colton Harris-Moore, “The Barefoot Bandit”
Nidal Malik Hasan
The Haymarket Riot Anarchists
Richard Heene & Mayumi Iizuka Heene
Glenn and Justin Helzer
Russell Henderson & Aaron McKinney
O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens)
Richard Hickock and Perry Smith
John Hinckley Jr.
Tom Horn Jr.
Jeremy Jason Hull
Amana Jawad Mona
Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter)
William J. Jefferson
Justin S. Johnson
Ted Kaczynski, “The Unabomber”
Fanya Yefimovna “Fanni” Kaplan
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab
George “Machine Gun” Kelly
Patrick J. Kennedy II
Kid Rock (Robert James Ritchie)
Sante and Kenny Kimes
Martin Luther King Jr.
Rodney King Police Officers
Reginald and Ronald Kray
Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabík
Konrad Kujau & Gerd Heidemann
Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski
Ken Leishman, “The Gentleman Bandit”
Jerry Lee Lewis
G. Gordon Liddy
John Walker Lindh
Jared L. Loughner
Henry Lee Lucas
Charles “Lucky” Luciano
Kurt Frederick Ludwig
Malcolm X (Malcolm Little)
Crystal Gail Mangum
Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner)
Peter Manuel, “The Beast of Birkenshaw”
Timothy McVeigh & Terry Nichols
Lyle and Erik Menendez
Thomas Francis Meagher
George Metesky, “The Mad Bomber”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Brian Mitchell & Wanda Barzee
John Mitchell, John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman
Harry “Breaker” Morant
Sara Jane Moore
John S. Mosby
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Terence Mullen & Jack Hughes
Laura Jane Murray
Sun Myung Moon
George “Baby Face” Nelson (Lester Gillis)
Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti
Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace)
Nuremberg Trial Defendants
Khloé Kardashian Odom
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
James E. O’Keefe, Robert Flanagan, Joseph Basel and Stan Dai
Edward Capehart O’Kelley
Sara Jane Olson (Kathleen Anne Soliah)
Lee Harvey Oswald
Louis Jay Pearlman
Robert William Pickton
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Francis Gary Powers
Puck (David Rainey)
Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi
Richard Ramírez, “The Night Stalker”
Djordjije Rasovic & Snezana Panajotovic
James Earl Ray
Antoin “Tony” Rezko
Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose Jr.)
Pete Rose Jr.
Tokyo Rose (Iva Toguri D’Aquino) & Axis Sally (Mildred Gillars)
Julius & Ethel Rosenberg
Nicola Sacco & Bartolemeo Vanzetti
Charles “Smitty” Schmid Jr., “The Pied Piper of Tucson”
The Scottsboro Boys
Offer “Vince” Shlomi, “The Sham-Wow Guy” & Sasha Harris
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel
William Kennedy Smith
Robert Franklin Stroud, “The Birdman of Alcatraz”
Peter Sutcliffe, “The Yorkshire Ripper”
Henry David Thoreau
T.I. (Clifford Johnson Harris Jr.)
Craig Titus & Kelly Ryan
William “Boss” Tweed
U.S. Capitol Shooters
Marinus van der Lubbe
Joran van der Sloot
Han van Meegeren
Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle)
Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie)
Walker Spy Family
Yanni (John Yanni Christopher)
About the Author
Lots of people have run-ins with the law, and this book chronicles hundreds of them, ranging from the notorious to the famous to the hilarious. You’ll find the truly terrifying Jeffrey Dahmer, the rapist, torturer, killer, and cannibal, but also the hapless Levi Detweiler, an Amish teenager who tried to outrun the cops in his horse and buggy. In between are serial killers, burglars, war criminals, chiselers, spies, assassins, and, of course, the stars of Hollywood, few of whom, it seems, can resist the temptation to get behind the wheel of car when they’ve had a snoot-full.
Flipping through this book is a lot like snooping through police files—you never know who you’re going to find. That Lizzie Borden, O. J. Simpson, and Mel Gibson appear here will surprise no one, but what about Offer “Vince” Shlomi, from the ShamWow television commercials: He was arrested for punching a prostitute in the face. But he had his reasons—the woman bit his tongue and wouldn’t let go.
Then there’s the short story writer, O. Henry. Before he began writing, he embezzled more than $800 from the bank where he worked as teller. His three-year stint in jail introduced to him to lots of colorful inmates and prison guards who would become the inspiration for characters in his stories.
The crime of tax evasion attracts an interesting cross-section of society: There’s the gangster Al Capone, the action-adventure movie star Wesley Snipes, and the immortal Henry David Thoreau. Capone and Snipes received lengthy prison sentences, but Thoreau spent only one night in jail—his aunt paid his back taxes for him.
Anyone who has watched an episode of MTV’s reality series Jersey Shore knew it was only a matter of time before Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi would get picked up on a disorderly conduct charge, but who would have believed that at age 21 Al Pacino was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon? He told the arresting officer the gun was a stage prop he was taking to an audition—which is a great alibi. As it turns out, Pacino was telling the truth.
There are plenty of cringe-worthy moments here, including Congressman Larry Craig getting booked after cruising for sex in an airport men’s room; Ozzy Osbourne being arrested for relieving himself on the Alamo; and the little-known case of Sada Abe, a Japanese Lorena Bobbitt.
A surprising number of cases are still being debated. Did Bruno Hauptmann kill the Lindbergh baby? Were Sacco and Vanzetti executed because they were killers or because they were anarchists? Was Henry Wirz, the commandant of the Andersonville prisoner of war camp, a heartless sadist? Did the cops who beat Rodney King get off easy?
Of course, not everyone who gets busted is a lowlife. Think of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Rosa Parks. For social and political reformers, jail time is almost a badge of honor.
Here then is an arresting, informative, entertaining selection of some of the most notable jailbirds of the last 150 years.
FRANK WILLIAM ABAGNALE
WHO IS HE?
With an IQ of 140 and looks that made him appear older than his actual age, Frank Abagnale began life as a con man at age 16.
WHAT DID HE DO?
Abagnale passed $2.5 million in bad checks in every state in the Union and in 26 foreign countries. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully passed himself off as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor, and a pediatrician.
DATE OF ARREST
CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ARREST
While living in France, Abagnale was spotted by an ex-girlfriend who notified the French police. They arrested Abagnale while he was grocery shopping near his apartment in Montpellier.
Fraud and forgery
Abagnale was sentenced to a year in prison in France, but after serving six months he was extradited to Sweden, where he was tried and sentenced to a year in prison. Then the Swedish government sent him to the United States where he was sentenced to 12 years. After serving 5 years, he was paroled. Abagnale was 26 years old.
Abagnale found a new career working for the FBI as a teacher and consultant to the Bureau’s Fraud Prevention program.
Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, is based on Abagnale’s autobiography of the same name. Leonardo Di Caprio played Frank Abagnale.
UMAR FAROUK ABDULMUTALLAB, “THE CHRISTMAS DAY BOMBER”
WHO IS HE?
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker. After high school he studied Arabic in Sana’a, Yemen, and then enrolled at University College in London, where he studied mechanical engineering and became head of the university’s Islamic Society. At some point he was recruited by Al Qaeda, and in November 2009 he disappeared. Abdulmutallab’s father, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, went to the U.S. embassy in Abuja to report that, given Umar’s association with Islamic extremists, he feared that his son had become a security threat. Embassy officials and a CIA officer sent a report of the meeting to Washington, but did not revoke Abdulmutallab’s visa to the United States.
WHAT DID HE DO?
On Christmas Eve 2009, Abdulmutallab used cash to purchase a ticket from Lagos, Nigeria, to Detroit, via Amsterdam. He had no luggage. Several hours later, as the plane carrying 278 passengers approached Detroit, Abdulmutallab returned from the bathroom, threw a blanket over his lap, and tried to activate explosives made of PETN, or pentaerythritol, which he had concealed in his underpants. The bomb misfired, giving off a loud pop, and then setting fire to Abdulmutallab’s pants. Many of the passengers panicked, but Jasper Schuringa, a Dutch filmmaker, leapt on top of Abdulmutallab and tried to put out the fire. It was doused by members of the cabin crew with fire extinguishers.
DATE OF ARREST
December 25, 2009
CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ARREST
Abdulmutallab was taken into custody at the Detroit airport and transported for treatment to the University of Michigan Burn Center in Ann Arbor. He was arraigned the next day, handcuffed to a wheelchair.
Attempted murder and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction
At the time of his arrest, Abdulmutallab was interrogated by agents of the FBI. At some point it was determined that he should be read the Miranda rights and given access to a lawyer, at which point Abdulmutallab stopped cooperating with his interrogators. The mirandizing of Abdulmutallab set off a firestorm of debate about whether he should be treated as an enemy combatant or as a criminal. Weeks later the United States brought two members of Abdulmutallab’s family to visit him; after this visit, he began to cooperate with his interrogators once again. As of 2010, he was being held at the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Michigan.
OMAR ABDEL-RAHMAN, “THE BLIND SHEIKH”
WHO IS HE?
Omar Abdel-Rahman is a leader of the Islamic Group, a militant Islamist organization founded in Egypt and regarded by the governments of Egypt and the United States as a terrorist organization. The Islamic Group is suspected of having carried out the 1997 Luxor Massacre, a terrorist attack on tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut, in which 63 foreigners and Egyptians were killed and 26 were wounded. In 1990, Abdel-Rahman entered the United States on a tourist visa. As a leader of MAK, a forerunner of Al-Qaeda, he traveled throughout the United States and Canada recruiting mujahideen, or holy warriors, to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. He also preached in mosques in the United States, urging Muslims to make war on the West: “Cut the transportation of their countries, tear it apart, destroy their economy, burn their companies, eliminate their interests, sink their ships, shoot down their planes, kill them on the sea, air, or land.”
WHAT DID HE DO?
Abdel-Rahman led a cell that planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. On February 26, 1993, a member of the cell, Eyad Ismoil, drove a rented van, packed with explosives, into an underground parking garage of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Adbel-Rahman and his fellow conspirators hoped the explosion would bring the North Tower toppling down onto the South Tower, killing thousands. The explosion did not bring down the towers, but it did kill six and wounded over 1,000.
DATE OF ARREST
July 2, 1993
CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ARREST
When federal agents came to arrest him, Abdel-Rahman was holed up inside a mosque in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. He remained inside with a large congregation of supporters until shortly after 6:00 p.m. when he emerged from the mosque and surrendered.
Seditious conspiracy, conspiracy to murder, among other charges
Life in prison
In 2005, one of Abdel-Rahman’s defense attorneys, Lynne Stewart, was convicted of passing messages from the sheikh to members of the Islamic Group in Egypt.
THE MONEY MAN
It is believed that funding for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing came from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is also alleged to have planned the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, the Bali nightclub bombings, and the September 11 attacks.
WHO WAS SHE?
- "...addictive fun."
- On Sale
- Dec 12, 2011
- Page Count
- 480 pages
- Black Dog & Leventhal