A stunning series of iconic police mugshots involving some of the world’s biggest stars and influential figures have been released in a never-before-seen colorized form.
The collection, including David Bowie‘s 1976 jail photo for marijuana possession and Jane Fonda’s act of defiance against trumped-up drug charges, have been brought to life in painstaking detail.
The images captured some of the world’s most well-known people during their ‘worst moments ever’ – including actress Patty Hearst when she was caught after a year on the run with a group of leftist kidnappers, and legendary talk show host Larry King being charged for grand larceny.
Originally all taken in black and white, the photos form various police departments have been digitally enhanced by adding colour to each pixel of the image and using intensive research to match their skin tones, hair and clothes.
Jason Baker, 40, used original images of high-profile names such as music legend David Bowie, gangster Al Capone and actress Jane Fonda, with each taking up to 10 hours to perfect.
Jason said: ‘I am a huge fan of celebrities, and was fascinated by these images of stars in their worst moments ever.
‘My goal was to make everything as clear as possible and really bring a whole new dimension to the images.
‘I think by adding colour in a way the pictures tell the stories a bit better, and hopefully people will see new things in them.’
Jason’s work has been widely acclaimed on social media, with users commenting that the work gives a whole new dimension and historical significance to the previously seen images.
Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar gives an eery smile in this mugshot from 1977 after police allegedly found 40lbs of cocaine concealed in a spare tyre
Pablo Escobar, 1977
For a renowned drug trafficker and crime boss responsible for hundreds of murders, being behind bars would not be a happy ordeal.
But in this iconic mugshot from 1977, Pablo Escobar is seen smiling for his arresting officers at a regional Colombian National Police station in Medellín.
The circumstances of the picture, believed to be Escobar’s only ever mugshot, are unclear but it is assumed his display of happiness comes from know he won’t be in prison for long.
It has been reported that Escobar and several of his men were arrested after police allegedly found 40lbs of cocaine concealed in a spare tyre.
But when it came to handling the case, it was pushed between several different judges but none of them would touch it for fear of reprisals. Eventually it was dropped and Escobar walked out.
With dozens of guards and officers receiving payments from his cartel to turn a blind eye or other nefarious activities, Colombian government struggled to ever pin down the drug lord.
Escobar, who was eventually shot and killed in December 1993, was at one stage responsible for supplying 80 percent of the world’s cocaine and had ambitions of running his home country.
In 1991, he struck a deal with Colombia’s then-president Cesar Gaviria to prevent him from being extradited to the US.
David Bowie, dressed much like his Thin White Duke character, gives a faint smile while receiving a booking for marijuana possession in Rochester, New York during his 1976 Station To Station tour
David Bowie, 1976
Late rockstar David Bowie’s Station To Station tour had a very memorable moment when he was pictured looking every inch the icon while receiving a booking for marijuana possession.
Bowie had played a Saturday night show on March 20, 1976 at the Community War Memorial Arena in Rochester, New York before returning to his hotel.
Later that night however, Bowie and a few friends – including one James Osterberg Jr (Iggy Pop) – were arrested in his three-room suite on marijuana charges.
A police report at the time said they confiscated ‘about half a pound of marijuana’ from the group.
His mugshot from Rochester Police Department shows the Ziggy Stardust singer wearing a three-piece pinstripe suit and unbuttoned white shirt with his hair slicked by like his Thin White Duke character.
But with a show in Springfield, Massachusetts later on that day, Bowie, then 28, paid the group’s bonds to make it back on the road in time for the gig.
He returned a few days later to plead innocent in Rochester City Court
In a short interview afterwards, Bowie complimented the city’s police officers: ‘They were very courteous and very gentle,’ Bowie said. ‘They’ve been just super.’
After completing shows at Madison Square Garden, Bowie returned to Europe at the end of March 1976.
In May 1976, the charges were effectively dismissed after a grand jury declined to indict the legendary artist. He never returned to Rochester.
Patty Hearst’s mugshot was taken at the end of one of the strangest cases in FBI history. She had been kidnapped by and later joined leftist group the Symbionese Liberation Army. When arrested in 1975 she was charged with armed robbery
Patty Hearst, 1975
Author and actress Patty Hearst’s mugshot was taken at the end of one of the strangest cases in FBI history.
In 1974 Hearst, the granddaughter of billionaire publisher William Randolph Hearst, had been kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two men and a woman who tied her up and threw her into the trunk of a car.
Three days later, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a small US leftist group, announced they had taken Hearst as a ‘prisoner of war’, demanding the heiress’ family gave away money to feed the poor.
But as negotiations were made in an attempt to free her in 1975, Hearst dramatically declared she had joined the group of her own free will.
She later took part in a San Francisco bank robbery for the group, and was captured on a surveillance camera yelling at customers during the raid.
After crisscrossing the country with the group for more than a year, on September 18, 1975, Heart was finally captured and arrested for armed robbery.
In court she claimed she had been brainwashed by the SLA, but was convicted and spent seven years in jail before being released. She was eventually given a Presidential pardon by Bill Clinton.
Steve McQueen is pictured giving a cheeky peace-sign hand gesture during his mugshot in Anchorage, Alaska for drunk driving in 1972
Steve McQueen, 1972
Film legend Steve McQueen is pictured giving a cheeky peace-sign hand gesture during his mugshot in Alaska.
Known for his high-speed driving performances in Bullitt and LeMans, McQueen was busted in the southern city of Anchorage for drunk driving in 1972.
According to witnesses, the movie star raced through town in a rented Oldsmobile Toronado. When Police finally managed to pull him over and perform a sobriety test, he failed by somersaulting down the white line, on which he was ordered to walk.
Posing for his mugshot McQueen, wearing a while polka dot shirt, smiled and raised two fingers for the camera.
The Anchorage Daily News wrote at the time of the photo: ‘Historical photographs tell many of the stories. They start the minute you walk in the door with the mug shot and arrest record of actor Steve McQueen, who got busted for doing “brodies” in an Oldsmobile Toronado in downtown Anchorage in 1972.
‘McQueen, with a ding on his nose, is looking mighty ragged after his night on the town here, a raggedness exceeded only by his seismographic signature.’
McQueen posted bail and left town, but not before signing autographs while still in handcuffs.
He was later convicted in absentia for reckless driving.
Larry King was hauled in front of the camera at a Dade County, Florida police station after being charged with grand larceny over $5,000 which he allegedly stole in 1971
Larry King, 1971
Well before taking on hosting duties of his legendary CNN show, Larry King was being hauled in front of the camera for a more embarrassing purpose – his mugshot for grand larceny.
King, then 38, was charged with the crime because he was unable to pay back money to a financier Louis E. Wolfson who had apparently given him $5,000 to give to Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District Attorney who was investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Wolfson had suffered a dramatic fall from grace when he was convicted of 19 counts of conspiracy and illegal stock sales in 1967.
On his release he filed a complaint against King, then a Miami radio host, accusing him of stealing the $5,000 from a $25,000 payment.
It is claimed late TV personality used the money to pay his own back taxes but the grand larceny charge was dismissed anyway because the statute of limitations has expired.
He did plead no contest to one count of passing bad checks and the ensuing scandal cost him some broadcasting and newspaper gigs in Miami.
He spent the next few years reviving his career and by the late 1970’s, and went on to years of being a popular host of the Mutual Broadcasting System.
King then moved to CNN, where form 1985 he hosted a nightly show for over two decades.
Striking a pose of rebellion, actress Jane Fonda is pictured in custody after being arrested for trumped-up drug charges in Cleveland, Ohio in 1970
Jane Fonda, 1970
Striking a pose of rebellion, actress Jane Fonda is pictured in custody after being arrested for trumped-up drug charges in Cleveland, Ohio.
It was reported that the then 32-year-old had just finished working on Klute – hence her distinctive haircut – when she was arrested at an airport in Cleveland on November 3, 1970.
The customs officers wrongly accused Fonda of drug smuggling after finding vitamins labelled b, l and d (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in her bag.
Known for her prominent anti-Vietnam war activism, her arrest over something so innocent as vitamins was a sign of the paranoia of the time.
At the time, the actress was on her way back from speaking at an anti-Vietnam war fundraiser in Canada.
Later, an officer told her that orders for her arrest came straight from the Nixon White House. Displeased by her anti-Vietnam War activism, the FBI and CIA had been surveilling her for months.
Writing about her false arrest on her blog earlier this year, she said: ‘They confiscated (my vitamins) as well as my address book (which was photocopied) and arrested me for drug smuggling.
‘I told them what they were but they said they were getting orders from the White House – that would be the Nixon White House.
‘I think they hoped this “scandal” would cause the college speeches to be cancelled and ruin my respectability. I was handcuffed and put in the Cleveland Jail, which is when the mugshot was taken.
‘I was released on bond and months later, after every pill had been tested in a lab (with taxpayers money!) the charges were dismissed and there were a few paragraphs hidden in the back of papers that they were vitamins, not drugs.’
Rock ‘n’ roll icon Elvis Presley was at a Denver, Colorado police station to accept an honorary police badge in 1970 when he was offered the chance to have his own mugshot
Elvis Presley, 1970
This mugshot of Elvis Presley may at first look like a disappointing fall from grace for The King – but all is not as it seems.
Still wearing his iconic sunglasses and huge pompadour hairdo, Elvis appears to goof around in what is a staged photo.
The rock ‘n’ roll icon was in the Denver, Colorado police station to accept an honorary police badge in 1970 when he was offered the chance to have his own mugshot.
As a born entertainer, Elvis was only too happy to agree. He also took another photo with the daughters of the Denver Police Chief.
He had flown in from his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee specifically for the honour, and had had an incredible interaction with fellow passengers on the plane ride over.
One passenger, writing in the Little Rock Ski Club newsletter at the time said: Perhaps the most exciting early trip was to Vail in 70. We flew on a direct Braniff flight from Little Rock to Denver.
‘The flight originated in Memphis and on board waiting for us was none other than the King himself – Elvis! The first thing he did was to get on the intercom and sing Love Me Tender to the passengers.
‘Then he made a trip through the cabin making a brief stop, talking to everyone, most of whom were ski club members. It was truly memorable and I have always admired him for his down to earth way of treating us on that day’.
Jimi Hendrix is here pictured in glorious technicolour following his arrest at Toronto International Airport for drugs offences in 1969. The guitar hero was acquitted after a three-day trial
Jimi Hendrix, 1969
Jimi Hendrix is here pictured in glorious technicolour following his arrest at Toronto International Airport for drugs offences, the guitar hero was acquitted after a three-day trial.
Near the end of his US and Canada tour, the guitarist was scheduled to give an evening performance at Maple Leaf Gardens on Saturday, May 3, 1969. That morning, the band members flew into Toronto.
But mere moments after Hendrix stepped off the plane, a bottle containing three packets of heroin and a tube with hashish residue was found in his flight bag.
Police detained Hendrix for four hours, while a police lab confirmed the suspicious substances were illegal drugs before he was then charged.
His photograph shows a solitary Hendrix staring down the lens and wearing his classic unbuttoned purple shirt and gold necklace.
Hendrix was arrested, charged, photographed and released on $10,000 bail and then given a police escort to Maple Leaf Gardens, where 10,000 fans were waiting for the 8pm concert to begin.
Shortly before Christmas, Hendrix was able to declare Canada had given him ‘the best Christmas present’ when a Toronto jury acquitted him of drug possession charges.
Sadly for local Hendrix fans, it would be his last visit to this country and indeed, his last Christmas. The Purple Haze songwriter died 10 months later in London.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger grimaces in a mugshot after being arrested in the infamous Redlands drug bust in 1967
Mick Jagger, 1967
The Rolling Stones frontman had a few brushes with the law earlier on his career, and the Redlands drug bust in 1967 is by far the most infamous.
Following a tip-off from the News of the World paper on Sunday February 12, a detective led a squad of 18 officers on a raid of guitarist Keith Richards’ West Sussex home.
Reports at the time say police arrived to find Jagger, Richards and singer Marianne Faithful apparently coming down from an all-day acid trip.
In his biography, Life, Richards remembers: ‘There’s a knock on the door, I look out the window, and there’s this whole lot of dwarves outside … I’d never been busted before, and I’m still on acid’
There were few signs of any illegal activity at the property, with press reports later focusing an rather famous incident involving a Mars Bar.
Jagger was accused of possessing four amphetamine tablets and sentenced to a £200 fine and to three months’ imprisonment.
In a photo believed to have been taken at Brixton prison, where he was being kept, Jagger gave a expressionless face while dressed in a grey suit and black tie.
However on appeal the court gave Jagger a conditional discharge.
On October 5th, 1965, singer Johnny Cash was released after being caught with over one thousand pills at the El Paso border on the way back into the United States
Johnny Cash, 1965
Although never sentenced to any prison time, the late Johnny Cash had more than a few experiences in a jail cell.
Throughout his life, Johnny was arrested 7 times, most for drunken misdemeanours , including his first for trespassing in a local resident’s garden after a show to pick some flowers.
But on October 5th, 1965, the Man In Black was released after being caught with over one thousand pills at the El Paso border on the way back into the United States.
It is claimed he had traveled down to the city of Juarez for the discounted pricing, but customs found the stash in his guitar case.
His mugshot shows the Man in Black wearing a dark suit jacket and trousers with a white shirt.
He received a suspended sentence, perhaps inspiring him to perform for inmates at Folsom Prison just three years later.
Al Pacino gives a star turn in this glaring photo taken at a Rhode Island police station in 1961 after being arrested for possession of a concealed weapon. The charges were eventually dropped
Al Pacino, 1961
Not many people manage to look their best when posing for a police mugshot.
But a 20-year-old Al Pacino has every inch of movie star quality in this glaring photo taken at a Rhode Island police station in 1961.
Just a young actor at the time, he and two friends were apparently on the way to an acting job when he was detained by several police officers.
The cops had allegedly become suspicious of the group circle the block in their car, and it is claimed the stopped the vehicle and found them wearing black masks and gloves. They also found what was claimed to be a loaded .38 caliber pistol.
All three were charged with possession of a concealed weapon and eventually taken to jail.
Unable to afford the $2,000 bail, the trio spent three days in jail.
Pacino was described as ‘very helpful’ during questioning by the officer and is believed to have explained that the group were actors and the gun was a prop.
Criminal charges against them were eventually dropped.
Cher was only 13 or 14 years old when she was arrested for allegedly driving off in her friend’s car to the drive-in theater in Los Angeles, California
No all stars are adults by the time they come to the attention of the law, as was the case with Cher.
The Believe singer was only 13 or 14 years old when she was arrested – after she took a friend’s car to the drive-in theater in Los Angeles, California.
It is reported that this friend had asked her to watch their vehicle while he ran inside to do something, but Cher got tired of moving the car out of the way and waiting.
The police tracked her down and arrested her, leading to this incredible youthful mugshot by the now 75-year-old.
While the singer claims she does not remember getting arrested as a teen, her singer mother Georgia Holt was happy to share the story – and the mugshot – during an episode of The Tonight Show in 2013.
According to Holt, Cher had got bored of looking after the car for her friend and so went for a spin then ended up at the local theater.
‘And then the police came,’ added Cher.
Holt continued: ‘And they called me at 3.30 in the morning and said we have your daughter down here at the police station.’
Cher is believed to be mortified by the picture.
This photo shows defiant civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr shortly after he is charged for his part in the Alabama bus boycott in 1956
Martin Luther King Jr, 1956
This photo shows a defiant Martin Luther King Jr shortly after he is charged for his part in a bus boycott in 1956.
The civil rights leader was convicted of organising an illegal boycott by black passengers of buses in the US state of Alabama.
Mr King, 27, was fined $500 (£178) and ordered to pay an equal amount in costs.
However, his lawyers immediately gave notice of their intention to appeal and the fine was converted into a prison sentence of 386 days, suspended until the appeal hearing.
Responding to the verdict, King said: ‘I was optimistic enough to hope for the best but realistic enough to prepare for the worst.
‘This will not mar or diminish in any way my interest in the protest. We will continue to protest in the same spirit of nonviolence and passive resistance, using the weapon of love.’
Outside the courthouse, King was greeted by a crowd of 300 cheering supporters.
Rosa Parks is arrested in 1955 after refusing to give up her bus seat for a white man in Montgomery, Alabama under the ‘vacant seat’ provision
Rosa Parks, 1955
It is now over 66 years ago that Rosa Parks took her fateful bus ride in Montgomery, Alabama.
And this mugshot shows the seamstress and civil rights icon at the city’s police station after she defiantly refused to give up her seat for a white man.
As reports of the incident go, Park had been tired from a long day of work at a downtown department store.
Her feet ached, so when the driver ordered her to give up her seat to a white man who had just gotten on the bus, Parks refused, setting into motion a series of events that led to the modern Civil Rights Movement.
But besides being a seamstress, Parks was also a political organizer and activist, a member of the Montgomery Voters League and secretary of the local chapter of the NAACP.
While unaware that the moment would be remembered in history, Parks later wrote that she knew what she was doing.
‘People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true,’ she said in her autobiography.
‘I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.’
Legendary crooner Frank Sinatra is given a mugshot at the age of just 23 after he was arrested for the archaic charge of ‘seduction’ in 1938
Frank Sinatra, 1938
This image hows the moment that police snapped legendary crooner Frank Sinatra when he was arrested for ‘seduction’ in 1938.
This seemingly archaic charge was generally applied when a man convinced an unmarried woman of good repute to engage in an inappropriate encounter with him.
It could also include a promise of marriage that would never appear, which in the 1930s could ruin a woman’s reputation.
Sinatra, who was only 23 at the time but with twinkling blue eyes, found himself in just that situation.
The charge was eventually dropped when it was discovered that the supposedly single woman was in fact married.
Later that year, armed with this new information, the original charge was revised slightly, and Sinatra was again arrested, this time for Adultery.
A bond was set for Sinatra, which he promptly paid, and he was released. The Adultery charge was later dropped and in total, he spent only a few hours in jail as a result of the situation.
Taken in the last year of his life, this mugshot shows notorious gangster John Dillinger on one of the many occasions when the law was able to catch up with him
John Dillinger, 1934
Taken in the last year of his life, this mugshot shows notorious gangster John Dillinger on one of the many occasions when the law was able to catch up with him.
Dillinger, whose name once dominated the headlines in the US Depression era, led a violent group known as the Dillinger Gang that committed crimes across Illinois and Indiana.
From September 1933 until July 1934, he and his violent gang terrorized the Midwest, killing 10 men, wounding 7 others, robbing banks and police arsenals, and staging 3 jail breaks—killing a sheriff during one and wounding 2 guards in another.
Dillinger was imprisoned several times but escaped twice.
It is not clear what he may have been charged with in this 1934 colorized mugshot, but it was taken around the time that he was alleged to have murdered an East Chicago, Indiana, police officer.
After going into hiding several times, federal law enforcement closed in on the Biograph Theater in Chicago, Illinois on July 22, 1934.
As he exited the theater and spotted the officers, Dillinger attempted to flee without drawing a gun.
He was shot multiple times in the back and was killed; this was later ruled as justifiable homicide.
Al Capone is pictured at Miami police station after being charged with vagrancy
Al Capone, 1930
Of all the charges that could be brought against Al Capone, also known as Scarface and the Public Enemy No1, vagrancy would not be the first to come to mind.
But in April 1930 he was arrested for the offence while Miami beach in Florida, as the state governor had ordered sheriffs to run him out of town.
By this time Capone and his bodyguard had already been arrested in Philadelphia for carrying concealed deadly weapons, and it is claimed his mob were responsible for the St Valentine’s Day Massacre violence.
But shortly after Capone, wearing a light beige suit and polka dot tie, has his mugshot taken he pleaded that the city’s police had refused him food and water and threatened to arrest his family.
He was charged with perjury for making these statements, but was acquitted after a three-day trial in July.
The next year, he was tried on a contempt of court charge and was later sentenced to six months in jail, but he remained free while on appeal of the contempt conviction.
Meanwhile, the US Treasury had been developing evidence on tax evasion charges, which Al Capone pled guilty to while boasting of being offered a 2-and-a-half year sentence.
However the judge in the case instead sentenced him to 11 years, of which he served seven, including some time at Alcatraz.
Prison conditions meant his health seriously deteriorated, and upon release he moved to Palm Island in Florida until his death due to a stroke and pneumonia in 1947.
In December 1895, Lenin was arrested for attempting to enlist workers to the Marxist cause. He was jailed for a year and then exiled to Siberia for a term of three years
Vladimir Lenin, 1895
The earliest example in this series of colorized photos dates back to 1895 when the communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was arrested and exiled.
Years before he would take control of the Russian empire, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin’s real name) helped organize Marxist groups in St Petersburg into the ‘Union for the Struggle for the Liberation of the Working Class.’
In December 1895, Lenin and the other leaders of the Union were arrested for attempting to enlist workers to the Marxist cause. Lenin was jailed for a year and then exiled to Siberia for a term of three years.
After his exile ended in 1900, he travelled to Western Europe to continue his revolutionary activity.
It would not be until 1917, with Russia’s defeat to the German’s in the First World War that Lenin would lead strikers in a communist takeover of the country.