Incredible Vintage Photos of Chicago’s Most Infamous Criminals

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Gangsters & Grifters, a book from the Chicago Tribune, is a collection of vintage crime photographs dating from the early 1900s to the 1950s.

The images seen in the slideshow above were taken from the collected works, which include some of Chicago’s most infamous criminals. They are a look at the bygone era of photojournalism, a time when photographers had an all-access pass to the underworld of crime, including murder scenes and courtrooms.

During the early and mid-20th century, photographers working in Chicago were able to capture what life was like in the belly of the beast.

Check out the photos above for some of Chicago’s most infamous criminals.

Mary Wazeniak
“Moonshine Mary” was a mother from Poland accused of selling fatal moonshine.

Al Capone
This undated phote shows Al Capone in a Chicago courtroom.

James Earl Ray
He was shot while trying to elude police. Later, he would go on to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joseph Schuster

Identified as the man responsible for killing on off-duty police officer.

Arthur Bauer

Confessed to killing 18-year-old Rosemary McCarthy with a hatchet.

Frankie Pope
His gambling table in the courtroom.

Joseph Holmes and Jack Wilson
Both admitted to holding up the Drake Hotel.

John Herbert Dillinger
The Depression-era bank robber from Indiana can be seen here in court.

All images: Chicago Tribune