In the Victorian era, children used to receive the same harsh punishment as adults for their crimes. Even if the crime was petty theft or something as innocent as stealing bread.
Times were tough, children as young as 12 would get hanged for crimes that were simply not that serious. So, before you start being thankful for the timing of your birth, let’s look at the last batch of the mugshots uncovered from the Oxford Castle Prison.
14. John Williams. The brother in crime.
Remember we talked about a boy who was arrested for looting a house with his brother? Well, meet the brother! John Williams spent six months in prison for his crime.
15. John Brooks. The young fraud.
John Brooks was arrested for something other, more influential people often get away with - money embezzlement. The amount was as small as 14 shillings and sixpence yet he was sentenced to 52 days of imprisonment.
16. Robert Hall, the leather thief.
Robert Hall spent 14 days behind bars for trying to steal a leather strap. Looking at his torn outfit, he clearly wasn’t trying to order a leather suit for himself.
17. Rosa Halliday. An actress misunderstood.
This little wonder named Rosa Halliday was sentenced for something the Victorian era authorities considered false pretences. Unfortunately, we don’t have the details of the story, but we’re sure it’s as epic as her mugshot.
18. James Freeman. A bread thief.
Even his last name didn’t grant him more luck! James Freeman spent 21 days behind bars for trying to steal bread.
19. John Davis. Trousers were in demand.
19-year-old John Davis was caught stealing trousers, which were apparently in demand since he’s not the only one in this collection with the same crime tag. He spent one month in prison.
Although it may seem like these mugshots are haunting and not very real, give it a second thought. These photos prove that although the essence of crimes has changed a little, the accountability and punishment have stayed the same, regardless of your age. Stay out of trouble today!