33 Incredible Mugshots Of Iconic Figures Throughout History (2024)

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David Bowie

Arrested after a performance in Rochester, New York along with three other people (including fellow musician Iggy Pop) for marijuana possession. March 25, 1976.

The charges soon disappeared, but Bowie never performed in Rochester again.

Public Domain

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Pablo Escobar

Arrested in Medellín, Colombia in connection with drug crimes. 1977.Wikimedia Commons

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Kurt Cobain

Arrested in Aberdeen, Washington for trespassing onto the roof of an abandoned warehouse while intoxicated. May 25, 1986.Public Domain

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Rosa Parks

Arrested for her role in the boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. February 22, 1956.Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

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Johnny Cash

Arrested in El Paso, Texas for carrying hundreds of pep pills and tranquilizers in his luggage across the border as he returned from a trip to Juarez, Mexico. October 4, 1965.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Joseph Stalin

Arrested by the Tsarist Secret Police in St. Petersburg for revolutionary activities. 1911.Wikimedia Commons

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Charles Manson

Arrested in connection with the August 9, 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others at her home in Los Angeles. December 2, 1969.

Manson was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and remains in prison to this day.

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Arrested for his role in the boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama. February 24, 1956.Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

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Jim Morrison

Several years before he became the frontman of The Doors, Morrison was arrested in Tallahassee, Florida and charged with petty larceny, public intoxication, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest after drunkenly stealing a cop's helmet and then not going quietly once he was caught. September 28, 1963.Wikimedia Commons

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Frank Sinatra

Arrested in Hackensack, New Jersey on charges of adultery and seduction for "carrying on with a married woman." November 26, 1938.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Bill Gates

Arrested for driving without a license and failing to stop at a stop sign. December 13, 1977.Public Domain

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Lee Harvey Oswald

Arrested for the murder of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. November 23, 1963.Wikimedia Commons

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Tupac Shakur

Shakur poses for a mug shot for the New York State Department of Corrections after his conviction for the sexual abuse of a female fanin November 1993. March 8, 1995.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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O.J. Simpson

Arrested, following a car chase, for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman in Brentwood, California. June 17, 1994.Online USA, Inc./Getty Images

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John Wayne Gacy

Arrested in his hometown of Norwood Park, Illinois where he killed at least 33 people between 1972 and 1978. December 22, 1978.

He was ultimately executed on May 10, 1994.

Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images

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Sid Vicious

Arrested in New York for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. December 8, 1978.

The Sex Pistols bassist died of a drug overdose (some say intentionally) before he could stand trial and the police subsequently dropped the case.

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Larry King

Arrested in Miami, Florida on charges of grand larceny after stealing $5,000 from a business partner. December 20, 1971.Wikimedia Commons

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Vladimir Lenin

Arrested in St. Petersburg for revolutionary Marxist activities. December 21, 1895.Wikimedia Commons

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Steve McQueen

Arrested for arrest for drunk driving and speeding on in Anchorage, Alaska. June 22, 1972.Wikimedia Commons

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Jimi Hendrix

Arrested for narcotics possession at Toronto International Airport. May 3, 1969.Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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John Dillinger

March 9, 1934.

The Depression-era gangster served time for assault, robbery, and murder before dying in a shootout with police in Chicago on July 22, 1934.

NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

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Benito Mussolini

Arrested on suspicion of being an anarchist at age 20 in Bern, Switzerland. June 19, 1903.Wikimedia Commons

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Malcolm X

Arrested in Boston, Massachusetts at age 18 on charges of larceny. November 1944.Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images

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John Gotti

Arrested in New York on a slate of charges (including murder, loansharking, and tax evasion) that would soon land the mafia boss in prison for the rest of his life. December 11, 1990.Wikimedia Commons

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David Berkowitz (a.k.a. "Son of Sam")

Arrested in Yonkers, New York in connection with the serial killings of six people. August 11, 1977.

He was ultimately convicted of murder and remains in prison to this day.

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Jane Fonda

Arrested for drug smuggling and kicking a policeman during the scuffle at an airport in Cleveland, Ohio. November 3, 1970.

However, the actress/antiwar activist was only carrying vitamins, not illegal drugs, and insists that she was targeted by the Nixon White House because of her anti-establishment political convictions.

Public Domain

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Jeffrey Dahmer

Arrested in Milwaukee in connection with a string of brutal rapes, killings, and dismemberments that ultimately left 17 dead. July 23, 1991.

Dahmer was soon convicted and sent to prison, where a fellow inmate killed him on November 28, 1994.

Curt Borgwardt/Sygma via Getty Images

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Charles "Lucky" Luciano

The notorious gangster, known for being the father of the mafia in America, poses after being arrested for assault in New York. February 2, 1931.Wikimedia Commons

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Ted Bundy

Held in Florida in connection with a string of brutal serial killings that would ultimately tally at least 30 throughout the 1970s. February 13, 1980.

Bundy was convicted several times over and eventually executed at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, on January 24, 1989.

Wikimedia Commons

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Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel

The infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel poses while being held in New York. February 12, 1928.Wikimedia Commons

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Mick Jagger

Arrested along with Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards for attacking a paparazzo and obstructing a police officer who intervened in Warwick, Rhode Island. July 18, 1972.Public Domain

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Hugh Grant

Arrested after receiving oral sex from a prostitute in his car in Los Angeles. June 27, 1995.Public Domain

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Al Capone

Arrested as he was trying to enter Miami, Florida by city police who were trying to keep the notorious gangster out. May 8, 1930. Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images

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