Guess the crime

People arrested are presumed innocent.

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I have this lingering idea of a social experiment that is pretty inflammatory and somewhat inappropriate. The core of the idea: present a picture of a mugshot without identifying information (name or DOB) and have the visitors guess what crime they have been charged with from a list of 5 possibilities. How much do people rely on physical appearance to judge other people? Are those instincts reliable? Would this idea get me dismissed from jury duty?

Anyone interested in being a beta tester and playing my game?

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5 Responses to Guess the crime

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    So much to learn, so little time.

    Quick Dip jail time

    Even if the judge didn’t order jail time, the probation officer can impose it in 2 or 3 day “dips”.

    The description of the new county jail which holds over 1000 people includes two areas set aside for “weekenders”. The dipping charge to the parolee is $40 a day – less than the Motel 6 and free green baloney sandwiches

    We’ve come a long way from the days of Sheriff Andy Taylor, where Otis the town drunk would let himself into the cell to sleep off his stupor, and Aint Bee would stop by in the morning with a hot bowl of chicken soup

  2. JayMar says:

    Physical appearance does in fact assist in determining the crime if you base it on true statistics. However, you will always find the singular instances that do not meet the standard. For example, you will find the black with Rastafarian hair and filthy-looking charged with a misdemeanor, the three-piece suited attorney-like with a felony, or the beautiful teacher with having committed some serious crime against minors. But, I think these cases are out of the norm.

  3. Parrott says:

    Is Larceny something like writing bad checks ?
    I can see the ‘assault dude’ last in bottom row. I knew a guy in high school that looked like that, couldn’t trust him either. I’d say the ‘kidnapping chick’ was probably baby custody battle?
    Suzanne ‘with deadly weapon’, never would have guessed that. Looks normal, but please don’t talk ! As soon as she starts yapping, you just wonder; honey, why didn’t you pay attention in school ? Geesh, you could have been somebody.

    We waste a lot of money on this crowd,

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