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Dangerous Minds | Ghost Mother: Creepy vintage baby portraits with mothers ‘hiding’

2009 15 year-old Alyssa Bustamante lured 9 year-old Elizabeth Olten into woods, where she used a knife to slash the girls throat and wrists, she then strangled her. Alyssa disposed of Elizabeth's body in a pre-dug grave. She told police she wanted to know what it felt like to kill. In her diary she wrote, "It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the 'ohmygawd I can't do this' feeling, it's pretty enjoyable. I gotta go to church now...lol." She was sentenced to life in Feb 2012.

From the time daguerreotypes became available c.1839, Memento Mori photos were a way of honoring & remembering the dead. The practice faded after about 1900 as cameras became common & people were likely to have other photos taken during life.

"It's a fair cop" London Police. There are many suggestions about how the police force got its many nicknames. On the street the police were known as ’bobbies’ and ‘peelers’, which came from the name of their founder. ‘Coppers’ came from the bands of copper on their truncheons and the name ‘Old Bill’ was used because the policemen bore the symbol of the king – William IV.

Robert Peel's Act was passed, to establish a new police force in London and its suburbs, on this day 19th June, 1829. They were known as Peelers and then Bobbies, derived from his surname and Christian name respectively

Gertrude Käsebier (1852–1934) was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century. She was known for her evocative images of motherhood, her powerful portraits of Native Americans and her promotion of photography as a career for women.

1876 Street Life in Victorian London. While this is definitely later than SIS, I like this image because it's how I imagine the other Bobbies Thaddeus works with.

NY Daily Newsfrom NY Daily News

Italian nurse kills as many as 38 'annoying' patients: cops

An Italian nurse killed as many as 38 patients because she thought they — and their visiting families — were annoying, police said.

"IS HE THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERER?" The Illustrated Police News etc (London, England), Saturday, September 22, 1888; Issue 1284

East End slum Street 1912 ~ The Whitechapel district of London at the end of the nineteenth century was generally regarded as being a ‘horrible black labyrinth, reeking from end to end and swarming with human vermin, whose trade is robbery and whose recreation is murder’.

Ignatius Sancho-The first African we know of to vote in a British election, he wrote a large number of letters which were collected and published in 1782, two years after his death. He was thought of in his age as "the extraordinary Negro", and to eighteenth-century opponents of the slave trade he became a symbol of the humanity of Africans.