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The Inspector's Model
[Professional Criminals of America (1886)]
Offenders did not always want to cooperate with police. In The Inspectors Model (1884), four men struggle to hold a prisoner so that his picture can be taken as Byrnes, the inspector, looks on. Byrnes described the importance of photographing criminals: "Deception is their business [and] there are many who carry no suggestion of their calling about them . . . men who lead double lives." Yet Byrnes also comments: "Is physiognomy any guide? A very poor one. Judge for yourself. Look through the Rogue's Gallery and see how many rascals you find there who resemble the best people in the country."
Thomas Byrnes, Professional Criminals of America (New York: Cassell and Company, 1886), 54, 55