Mug shot: A photograph of someone’s face especially one made for police records. The word “mug shots” comes from the British slang word “mug” meaning “face.”
“Slick Willie” Sutton was a prolific bank robber. In a span of 40 years it is believed that he stole $2 million. In the above photo, “Slick Willie” is still covered in mud after being photographed shortly after he escaped by tunnel from Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1945. He was captured only two blocks from the Penitentiary, at 24th and Fairmount Avenues, by Patrolman John Hamm and George Hummell. Sutton was not surprised by his quick capture. In his official statement after the escape he said, “When I got out on the street all wet and muddy, I left a very plain trail and knew that I would be caught.” This 1945 escape was not his only escape – he did so one two other occasions.