Amateur Sleuth: On Matching Up Mugshots . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 29 April 2018; updated on 22 August 2020 and 24 August 2020; revised
The images of criminals shown below are, as I understand it, all right to put online because they are intended to help in crime prevention.

  • MY ‘CRIMINOLOGY’ BACKGROUND: CO-AUTHOR OF A CRIME AVOIDANCE ‘HOW TO’ BOOK SOME YEARS AGO
  • THOUGHTS FROM AN AMATEUR SLEUTH
  • MUGSHOTS: MATCHING HEAD SIZE AND THEN ANALYZING EACH FACIAL FEATURE
  • MUGSHOTS: TAKING AGE DIFFERENCES INTO CONSIDERATION
  • MUGSHOTS: DIFFERENCES CAUSED BY HEAD TILT
  • MUGSHOTS: WIDTH OR FULLNESS OF THE FACE DUE TO WEIGHT GAIN, STEROIDS, BOTOX, OR ADDICTIONS
  • ON CROOKS WHO IMPERSONATE THE SECRET SERVICE
  • ‘CRIME CLUSTERS’ ON BACKGROUND ALERT: CRIMINAL OBFUSCATION OR CYBERCRIME?
  • MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

MY ‘CRIMINOLOGY’ BACKGROUND: CO-AUTHOR OF A CRIME AVOIDANCE ‘HOW TO’ BOOK SOME YEARS AGO

As you may know, some long years ago, using the pen name Cricket Clagett, I co-authored a book, now out of print, entitled “1001 Ways to Avoid Getting Mugged, Murdered, Robbed, Raped, and Ripped Off” …

Citation: “1001 Ways to Avoid Getting Mugged, Murdered, Robbed, Raped, or Ripped Off,” by Vivo Bennett and Alice Clagett, published by Mason / Charter, New York 1977

It looks like there is a reprint being ‘ripped off’ now … go figure! ..

THOUGHTS FROM AN AMATEUR SLEUTH

Since then, I have had a casual, ‘amateur sleuth’ interest in criminology. Lately, I have been interested in ‘crime makeovers’. (You can search that phrase on my blog for what I have come up with.)

From time to time, I will see two mugshots (facial photos), and ask my family and friends: Do you think these are the same person? I have noticed they say: No! They’re two different people.

I find this interesting, and I wonder why they arrive at these conclusions. For myself, when I analyze two mugshots, I notice that I also make snap judgments, such as …

Gosh, do these two people look different!

Then I think: Well, but they somehow feel like the same person. This is the intuitive in me speaking I guess. I get what they call, in the detective novels, a ‘hunch’ (as opposed to a ‘lead’ … which I figure must be more substantial).

I know there are all kinds of ways to alter facial features and body statistics so as to avoid detection by camera at a crime scene, and also to avoid criminal database matchups. I have put a little about this in another blog,…

Link: “Crime Makeovers 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 5 April 2017; revised on 17 April 2017 and 15 April 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-76J ..

MUGSHOTS: MATCHING HEAD SIZE AND THEN ANALYZING EACH FACIAL FEATURE

So then, I came up with the notion of sizing the bottom of the chin and the top of the head (as opposed to the top of the hair) on each mugshot the same … and then going facial feature by facial feature. For instance, I might first observe the nose, then the eyes, then the eyebrows, then the pattern of the facial hair, then the ears, and so on. And then I might make a tally of likely matched features. And then I would decide the likelihood of a match (even though date of birth, weight, social security number, and even height might vary).

Using this method, I considered these people likely to be the same person …

Image: “Jeffards Roy Byington 1,” in Homefacts … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=XX15017761 … COMMENTS: Offenses: Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault; Out of State Iowa: Lascivious Acts with a Child; Out of State Oregon: 1st Degree Burglary; Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault. Address: 322 Hummingbird, Pagosa Springs, [Colorado] 81147; Date Reported: 5 November 2013.

Image: “Jeffards Roy Byington 1,” in Homefacts … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=XX15017761 … COMMENTS: Offenses: Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault; Out of State Iowa: Lascivious Acts with a Child; Out of State Oregon: 1st Degree Burglary; Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault. Address: 322 Hummingbird, Pagosa Springs, [Colorado] 81147; Date Reported: 5 November 2013.

Image: “Michael Doane Keslar,” in Colorado Bureau of Investigation … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=X002451280 … COMMENTS: Multiple Offender. 18-3-403: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault; 18-6-301: Incest. Address: 1642 Pinyon Ct, Loveland, [Colorado] 80538.

Image: “Michael Doane Keslar,” in Colorado Bureau of Investigation … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=X002451280 … COMMENTS: Multiple Offender. 18-3-403: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault; 18-6-301: Incest. Address: 1642 Pinyon Ct, Loveland, [Colorado] 80538.

Image: “David Stuart James,” in Colorado Bureau of Investigation … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=X002451290&ext=t … COMMENTS: Multiple Offender. Out of State Pennsylvania: Murder. 18-6-403 (Pornography Involving a Child): Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Address: 000 Unknown, Glendale, [Colorado] 80246.

Image: “David Stuart James,” in Colorado Bureau of Investigation … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=X002451290&ext=t … COMMENTS: Multiple Offender. Out of State Pennsylvania: Murder. 18-6-403 (Pornography Involving a Child): Sexual Exploitation of a Child. Address: 000 Unknown, Glendale, [Colorado] 80246.

I note in the last mugshot, the higher hairline made matchup more challenging. The determining factor, for me, with these mugshots, was the disparity in the shape of the two eyes.

MUGSHOTS: TAKING AGE DIFFERENCES INTO CONSIDERATION

Age can also make it challenging to match mugshots. For instance, here are a young and an older mugshot of Jeffards Roy Byington. The age disparity does make these mugshots look different, but, I feel, not too different …

Image: “Jeffards Roy Byington 1,” in Homefacts … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=XX15017761 … COMMENTS: Offenses: Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault; Out of State Iowa: Lascivious Acts with a Child; Out of State Oregon: 1st Degree Burglary; Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault. Address: 322 Hummingbird, Pagosa Springs, [Colorado] 81147; Date Reported: 5 November 2013.

Image: “Jeffards Roy Byington 1,” in Homefacts … https://apps.colorado.gov/apps/dps/sor/search/search-detail.jsf?id=XX15017761 … COMMENTS: Offenses: Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault; Out of State Iowa: Lascivious Acts with a Child; Out of State Oregon: 1st Degree Burglary; Out of State Nebraska: 2nd Degree Sexual Assault. Address: 322 Hummingbird, Pagosa Springs, [Colorado] 81147; Date Reported: 5 November 2013.

Image: “Jeffards Roy Byington 2,” in Homefacts … https://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/IDSX32735/Jeffards-Roy-Byington.html … COMMENTS: Offenses: Lascivious Acts with a Child Correlation Pending; Sexual Assault Charge Correlation Pending; Lascivious Acts with a Child Charge Correlation Pending; Sexual Assault Charge Correlation Pending. Last Known Address: 4100 N. Maple Grove Rd, Boise, Idaho 83704.

Image: “Jeffards Roy Byington 2,” in Homefacts … https://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/IDSX32735/Jeffards-Roy-Byington.html … COMMENTS: Offenses: Lascivious Acts with a Child Correlation Pending; Sexual Assault Charge Correlation Pending; Lascivious Acts with a Child Charge Correlation Pending; Sexual Assault Charge Correlation Pending. Last Known Address: 4100 N. Maple Grove Rd, Boise, Idaho 83704.

MUGSHOTS: DIFFERENCES CAUSED BY HEAD TILT

I have also found that when a person looks slightly down or up, when a photo is taken, then the photos look very different, and a matchup becomes more challenging because of that. The middle vertical row of faces in these artistic sketches clearly illustrate the differences that head tilt causes …

Image: “Head Tilt and Dominance (IMAGE),” Association for Psychological Science … https://media.eurekalert.org/multimedia_prod/pub/web/203601_web.jpg ..

Some of the most notable of these are the length of the forehead, the nose, and the chin. The eyebrows, eyes, mouth, and ears also look very different, do you not think?

MUGSHOTS: WIDTH OR FULLNESS OF THE FACE DUE TO WEIGHT GAIN, STEROIDS, BOTOX, OR ADDICTIONS

I have also noticed that a change in width or fullness of the face can make it look very different.

ON CROOKS WHO IMPERSONATE THE SECRET SERVICE

This section opens up a can of worms, I feel, to do with criminals putting fake criminal information online so as to ‘diss’ or ‘take down’ each other.

You know, criminals are always on the lookout to make themselves appear to be imminently respectable; they are very into ‘false authority’. It would be very like a criminal gang to pretend to be the FBI, and to issue a false FBI or CIA badge, which for all I know may even be purchasable online, to their most rogue operators.

For instance, compare this real FBI badge …

Image: “The badge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” in English Wikipedia, 1 May 2013 … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbols_of_the_Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation#/media/File:Badge_of_a_Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation_special_agent.png … public domain

Image: “The badge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” in English Wikipedia, 1 May 2013 …
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbols_of_the_Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation#/media/File:Badge_of_a_Federal_Bureau_of_Investigation_special_agent.png … public domain

… with this fake badge available online for about $50 …

Image: “US FBI Special Agent Badge Solid Copper Replica Movie Props,” at Coin Souvenir … https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0011/9527/8380/products/20190904_162727_140_1024x1024@2x.jpg?v=1581056062 ..

To me the movie prop looks quite like the real McCoy; what do you think about it?

I feel that law enforcement everywhere must be on the lookout for these sorts of hijinks and shenanigans by crime gang members. WikiHow has valuable information on how to know if someone purporting to be a secret service agent really is one. The long and the short of it is, one never knows these days about credentials.

I recall several years ago two men came to my street and broke into the Chatsworth Nature Preserve next door. When I accosted them, the driver of the vehicle said he was a law enforcement ‘detective’, and that he had gotten the ‘go ahead’ from the man in charge of my local LAPD station.

I knew that it was a woman who was in charge of my local LAPD station, so I knew he was lying. And in addition, when he showed me his badge, I could see it was a fake badge, not the LAPD police badge or any variant thereof.

As I recall, when I looked into it, I found that these fake law enforcement badges were a dime a dozen. People are apparently always coming up with these fake IDs.

It is a hard one, though: When I saw the badge the one burglar had, I figured the man might have a gun too, just as true-to-life detectives do. So I figured it was best to just let them make their escape … which they did. They just drove away, and got off scot-free.

That goes to show the power of false authority; the power that criminals know and love, and use with great aplomb against unsuspecting law-abiding people such as those of you reading my blog.

‘CRIME CLUSTERS’ ON BACKGROUND ALERT: CRIMINAL OBFUSCATION OR CYBERCRIME?

As a casual user of internet background search services, I sometimes run across what might be termed ‘crime clusters’ by first and last name (with variant middle names) This makes me wonder if the middle names and other police report statistics might have been misrepresented in some way, possibly by the suspects, or maybe through cybercrime?

CONCLUSION

Well, dear reader, it is up to you to figure out these sorts of puzzles. And puzzles they are! For there is nothing that an outlaw likes to do more, than to elude a posse! I wish you the best of luck in your own amateur sleuth endeavors!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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MORE INFORMATION

Link: “Alice’s Perilous Tales: Murder in the Wild West,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 8 August 2020; removed from online, then republished on 7 July 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-nRK ..

Video: “Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson – Pancho and Lefty (Video),” by Merle Haggard, 64 January 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoKvUYbGu7A ..

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