Between his shiny bald pate, the fervid glint in his eye and his douchy smirk, Jared Loughner’s mugshot—sort of a cross between Uncle Fester, Dr. Evil and an infected big toe—ranks among the creepiest ever released. Whatever the outcome of his trial, this indelible image will forever frame our view of the man and his crime.
Still, appearances can be deceiving. As chilling as Loughner’s picture is, mugshots are rarely attractive. There’s something about the possibility of a prison sentence that brings out the worst in us.
There are exceptions, however. So if you ever have the misfortune to be booked, remember: presentation is key. Following, a breakdown of Mugshot Do’s and Don’ts. >>