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August 20, 2013 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

Guilty of selling opium and fake cocaine

 

Prostitution

 

When ‘Harry Leon Crawford’, hotel cleaner of Stanmore was arrested and charged with wife murder he was revealed to be in fact Eugeni Falleni, a woman and mother, who had been passing as a man since 1899. In 1914, as ‘Harry Crawford’, Falleni had married the widow Annie Birkett. Three years later, shortly after she announced to a relative that she had found out ‘something amazing about Harry’, Birkett disappeared.

Guilty of breaking into an army warehouse and stealing boots and overcoats to the value of 29 pounds 3 shillings

Theft

An entry in the Supplement to the NSW Police Gazette Sydney for Skukerman, (alias Kukarman, alias Cecil Landan) is captioned ‘obtains goods from warehousemen by falsely representing that he is in business’.

A safebreaker

Kong Lee makes numerous appearances in the NSW Police Gazette as a ‘safe blower’ and ‘thief’, and is noted in the issue of February 1929 as having recently been seen riding trains ‘in the company of card sharpers and spielers’.

A con man who sells suburban building blocks at grossly inflated prices, by falsely leading the buyers to believe the lots may be promptly resold for a huge profit.

Convicted in October 1924 of making counterfeit coins, and of having a coining instrument (ie a mould) in his possession, for which he was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour.

Theft

Con man

Illegal gambling

Robbery under arms

Sneak thief

Stealing goods in custody, indecent langauge, stealing, receiving and throwing a missile.

Bigamy and theft

Bootlegging

Theft of a fur coat

Theft

Convicted of murder. Mrs Dorothy Mort was having an affair with dashing young doctor Claude Tozer. On 21 December 1920 Tozer visited her home with the intention of breaking off the relationship. Mort shot him dead before attempting to commit suicide.

Backyard abortionist who also dabbled in theft and fencing stolen goods

Prostitution

Emily Hemsworth killed her three-week-old son but could not remember any details of the murder. She was found not guilty due to insanity.

GBH

Prostitution

Theft of an umbrella

Illegal abortion

Brothel madam

Bigamy

Cocaine possession

She had multiple convictions for drunkenness, vagrancy and petty theft. Her head was probably shaved upon her entry to prison to eradicate head lice

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  • zelezny

    1920s, nobody had money or food. The risk of jail time was absolutely worth it to most of these people.

  • GreyMatter

    I had to laugh about the con man with the scribbled out name…pic 15…he conned them again!

  • @DonnyDoesDenver

    Man, I wanna go back in time and get arrested so I can have one of these awesome pictures taken. Puts Sears Portrait Studio to shame.