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April 26th, 2012

Old Crime Scene Photographs

Once again I was talking about something on my other blog that I thought I should mention here. The Municipal Archives recently put 870,000 photographs online, including 1,326 crime scene photographs.

Many of the photographs come from a collection of glass plate negatives that are sitting in the basement of One Police Plaza. They sit in piles in a small caged room, cracking anytime someone steps too hard. They’re in bad shape and continually getting worse and eventually there will be nothing left if something isn’t done about them. (And maybe something has been done since the last time I was down there.)

This is one of the photographs from the collection. The caption reads: “Body Bessie Weils alias Dumont found in kitchen #5 Monroe Street 4-2-17” “File #159.

Bessie Weils alias Dumont Crime Scene April 2, 1917

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