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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

Consider the Following

Women’s Criminal Work: 1930s-40s Mug Shots from Los Angeles


A Badger Game is a centuries old two-man con which involves targeting a wealthy mark who appears to be visiting from out of town. The female member of the team attempts to lure him into a compromising position that can be barged in on by her partner posing as an irate brother or father or otherwise recorded for the purpose of blackmail.

The rest of these ladies appear to have been accused of just as impressive crimes (well, except for those who were accused of things that, thank goodness, are no longer illegal in the US).


Though it’s terrible to think that less than a century ago the law felt no compunction over arresting and trying men and women for practicing their sexual orientation, I do kind of love the “screw you” expression on this woman’s face.

(via How To Be A Retronaut.)

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  • http://twitter.com/antiavenger Mike Perry

    I actually think the most interesting one is the “mental case.” Wondering what the heck she did (or acted like) to get herself locked up…

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    If being a “mental case” is illegal, I assume everyone would spend at least a few weeks in jail per year.

  • Life Lessons

    OMG!! Mental case and lesbian? Oh for a better world.

  • http://twitter.com/literatewench literatewench

    “Embezzlement” has absolutely gorgeous bone structure. 

  • Anonymous

    That adw gun case girl profile is very creepy because it’s so flat.

  • http://taste-is-sweet.livejournal.com/ Taste_is_Sweet

    You wrote “two-man team” to discuss a team made up of a man and a woman? Couldn’t you say “two-person team”? I thought the Mary Sue was interested in furthering gender equality. Shouldn’t that include language?