How well do you think you can read faces? Try and guess which crime each person committed. The crime options are listed below. Click on the mug shots for the answer.








This is an extremely difficult task- can you really what someone is capable of just by looking at them? However, in the 19th century, many thought that someday we would have the technology to tell whether or not someone was guilty just by looking at them. Scientists called phrenologists studied mug shots like these trying to discover the 'criminal look'. Click here to find out more about the 'criminal look' and physiognomy.










Rogues Gallery






Chelsea Nichols, March 2010. Unless otherwise stated, all images and information found on this website are property of the New Zealand Police Museum.