Victorian women criminals' records show harsh justice of 19th century
Records of more than 67,000 Victorian criminals, detailing crimes ranging from petty theft and drunkenness to arson and murder, are published online for the first time today.
This circa 1903 photo portrays one of the few times Climax Jim posed without his hat. At that time, he was still unable to resist temptation to rustle. During a period of six years, grand juries in Apache and Graham Counties granted five felony indictments against him; he managed to talk his way out of all of them and he escaped jail three times.
Petty thief Ruby Furlong was involved in an altercation with a drunk musician at Newtown. She pulled out a razor and slashed his face, leaving an ugly scar. Furlong was a feared criminal who had a string of convictions in the early 1920s. Ruby, aged 34, was serving time for malicious wounding when this photograph was taken.