From the Slammer to Stardom: The World’s Most Epic Mugshots
Mugshots are usually known for capturing a moment of shame for those who find themselves behind bars. However, for a select group of individuals, their police pictures have gone in the records for being uncommonly amazing. While being on the wrong side of the law is generally not condoned, the masses agree that those found on this list have that certain “wow factor” that has occasionally turned them into household names, and in certain cases, even led to professional photo shoots and careers. Check out these epic booking shots that make being bad feel so amusing!
1. Call Me Maybe…From Jail: Rachael Kathryn Lemler
This Carly Rae Jepsen look-alike is just too cute! However, her looks didn’t seem to help when it came to an arrest for driving under the influence. No matter, the beauty-in-bangs made sure to flash her pearly-whites for the police. California cops may have cuffed Lemler, but despite the circumstances, it seems she kept her spirits high. Only 19 years old at the time, fresh-faced Lemler’s photo has since gone on to join the digital canon of the world’s best-looking culprits.
2. Arrest is a Pain in the Neck: Micah Musser
Love bites; that’s for sure. Micah Musser may not kiss and tell, but no words are needed to understand that the Kentucky teen was involved in quite a bit of smooching before police snapped his mugshot. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the amount of hickeys seen in this one practically leaves us speechless. The 18-year-old was charged with trespassing and unlawful transaction with a minor, but he gained viral fame for getting caught with the incredible pattern of discolored marks left by voracious necking – literally. Talk about a “sucky” day! The next mugshot will surely have your hair standing on end!
3. Putting the ‘H’ in Mugshot: Shannon Csapilla
She may put the ‘h’ in hottie, but incidentally, this Connecticut woman left that letter out when she scratched “wore” instead of “whore” into the vehicle of a friend, whom she suspected was fooling around with her boyfriend. Shannon Csapilla, 20, from Stamford, Connecticut was arrested on allegations of vandalism. The tale of her graffiti gaffe spread like wildfire and infamously made the blonde belle a social media sensation. Csapilla later took to Instagram to acknowledge her wrongdoing, quipping: “Don’t worry, I’m not an English major.” Can you say hilarious with a capital “H”?
4. Hunk in Handcuffs: Jacob Miller
This California golden boy has the chiseled jawline and smoking stare worthy of the catwalk. Yet, Jacob Miller was walked away in chains when he was arrested in 2011 for reported charges including narcotics and weapons violations. Miller, who according to central California’s KSBW News is the son of a county sheriff, was living in an apartment attached to his father’s home when he was served a search warrant by narcotics deputies who worked for his dad – YIKES! Still, who could blame anyone for wanting to be in hot pursuit of this hunk?
5. ‘Adorable Drug Kingpin’: Sarah Furay
Angel-faced Sarah Furay’s sweet countenance wasn’t the only surprising thing about her 2015 bust related to the trafficking of drugs, including cocaine, Ecstasy, meth, and LSD. Her megawatt mugshot quickly shot her to viral fame, but the story doesn’t end there. As it turns out, the Texan, labeled the “adorable drug kingping”, happens to be the daughter of a DEA agent. Her family ties had the Internet speculating whether her relatives were the reason behind the smiling shot. Nonetheless, it seems the apple has fallen very far from the tree here.
6. The Original ‘Hot Felon’: Jeremy Meeks
Perhaps regarded as the world’s most recognizable former inmate, his sultry mugshot propelled him to worldwide fame. Jeremy Meeks has piqued public interest since his visage went viral in 2014. Dubbed the “Hot Felon,” the 33-year-old is also regarded as “The Blue Eyed Bandit” and “Jail Bae.” Following his arrest in a 2014 gang sweep, the sexy ex-con was sentenced in federal court. Meeks became a prison success story when he signed a modeling contract in 2016 during another stint in jail. From the slammer to the catwalk, he has since made it big in the international fashion scene. It has to be said, serving time has never appeared to serve someone so well.
7. Drop Dead Gorgeous DUI: Meagan McCullough
Her orange jumpsuit didn’t stop her from gaining a fan base of oodles of oglers. Quite the opposite, in fact. Meagan McCullough (now Simmons) is one of those lucky people whose features are simply arresting — even when they are, in fact, being arrested. With crystal blue eyes, a button nose and a perfect pout it’s no wonder this Florida hottie hailed as “Attractive Convict” sparked a social media firestorm with her DUI mugshot. Despite crying throughout the process, McCullough’s beauty basically brought a slew of online admirers to tears. The mugshot muse prompted both marriage proposals and memes with captions like: “Guilty … of taking my breath away.” Amen!
8. Mugshot or Headshot?: Sarah Seawright
It should be a crime to look this good! With perfectly kempt locks, a glowing complexion and Mona Lisa smile, social media seemed ready to overlook Sarah Seawright’s legal wrongdoings and focus instead on her mugshot that could have just as easily passed for a modeling headshot. The 24-year-old Arkansas woman, fawned over as “#prisonbae”, has garnered a mass following of admirers, such as one Twitter user who proclaimed: “Put her on house-arrest with me #jailhousebae.” The brunette beauty’s striking booking photo was taken following her arrest for failure to appear for a court date related to previous charges. One thing is for sure, she’s definitely guilty of turning heads.
9. ‘Cute Mug Shot Girl’: Alysa Bathrick
This brazen North Carolina beauty is a self-described mugshot cutie, and the Internet agrees. Alysa Bathricks’s doe-eyed gaze and perfect bone structure quickly had the Net going gaga over 2014’s so-called “Cute Mug Shot Girl”, suspected of illegally distributing Xanax. The then-18-year-old stunner wasn’t shy in admitting her troubles with law all the while flaunting her enviable features. “Surrendered myself at 7 a.m., got released at 11:30 a.m. F*** what your heard. And my mugshot’s cute,” she posted on Twitter. Modesty may not be her forte, but seriously, if you look like that you’re entitled to some bragging rights.
10. Southern Belle Behind Bars – Kathryn Dennis
Before all the theatrics of the Bravo docu-series “Southern Charm” aired, one cast member had some definitely unscripted drama of her own. One of the series’ members, redheaded beauty Kathryn Dennis, was hauled in for underage drinking in 2012 when she was 20-years-old. Before the reality show’s cameras started rolling, the model-celebutante was captured on police cameras looking as gorgeous as ever and somewhat like a young Twiggy. Dennis’ run-in with the law didn’t deter her from later joining the soapy series alongside her fallen South Carolina politician boyfriend Thomas Ravenel.
11. Gem of a Mug: Mary Catherine Hunt
This blonde beauty’s mugshot truly is a diamond in the rough, and it is particularly fitting given the accusations against her. Mary Catherine Hunt’s former fiancé, Florida millionaire Scott Mitchell, claimed that his attractive ex had stolen $2.1 million worth of gold, gems and jewelry following their break up. In 2016, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit prosecutors dropped the year-old grand theft charge against Hunt. However, her former beau kept trying to sue Hunt and her family in a pending civil lawsuit. The dazzling bombshell denies all allegations. Keep scrolling for more bodacious babes who ended up behind bars!
12. The ‘Female Jeremy Meeks’: Angela Coates
“America’s new hot mugshot,” “world’s hottest mugshot,” and “new mugshot sensation” – these are among the descriptions garnered by drop-dead gorgeous glamor model Angela Coates as her 2014 mugshot prompted a social media frenzy of fervid online followers. Following her booking for disorderly conduct in Georgia, the 22-year-old Florida native told Inside Edition that she realized she was the “female Jeremy Meeks.” Though she was released the same day, she said she takes her career seriously and didn’t want it to revolve around “any type of crime or mugshot.” Nonetheless, she took the situation in stride, taking to social media to say this “is straight comedy.” There’s one good-humored hottie.
13. Possession of Good Looks: Gabrielle Hill
Gabrielle Hill’s smoldering slate eyes and sultry glower captivated the gaze of the cyber community following her 2009 arrest for illegal drug possession. The Internet didn’t seem to care too much about handcuffs when it came to the hypnotizing 19-year-old’s flawless features. According to reports, Hill was hauled in by police over charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis (less than 20 grams). Set aside those alleged charges, and it can’t be denied that Hill is in possession of some extremely glorious genetics.
14. Drunk Tank in Love: Jennifer Jensen
Florida is famously known as the “the Sunshine State” — it also happens to be where police snapped a mugshot of drunk driving suspect Jennifer Jensen, whose sunny countenance seemed to brighten the day for many online admirers. Police arrested the blonde babe from Osceola in 2011. Her phenomenal portrait then went down in mugshot history, landing on more than one list of sexy lawbreakers. While we definitely hope there were no serious injuries due to the DUI, it has to be said that Jensen is surely a sight for sore eyes.
15. Arresting Looks: Toni Lee Hopkins
With a face like this, it would seem that Toni Lee Hopkins was more suited for primetime television than the pole. Welcomed or not, the pretty brunette got her 15 minutes of fame, or perhaps infamy, as her mugshot was admired as far and wide as her perfect cheekbones. The breathtaking brunette was booked after police picked her up in Houston for being a stripper. The men’s-club entertainer was hauled in on charges of violating statutes governing sexually-oriented businesses in the Texas city. No matter what, though, she won’t be stripped of her right to be beautiful.
16. Tough Love: Unnamed Knockout
Marriage inevitably comes with some domestic duties. It is widely assumed that it is the thought, more than the impeccable execution of these responsibilities, that counts. And while a little appreciation is known to go a long way, this Florida beauty wasn’t having any of it. Cops snapped this head-turning mugshot after the unnamed woman was cuffed on accusations that are equally likely to catch your attention. Police reportedly pulled her over in Sarasota on charges that she beat her husband with a toaster, because well she thought he just didn’t cook her breakfast correctly. Umm… love hurts?
17. No Clowning Around: Rachel Glenna Fisher
There was no funny business when police arrested Rachel Glenna Fisher for kicking a DJ dressed as – GASP – an “evil clown.” While a charge of “simple battery” is no laughing matter, the Georgia woman “Rocketted” to Internet fame, not only for the circumstances of the event but for also her smashing good looks. Police reported that the incident occurred at a Halloween party at a bar in 2016. The injured karaoke DJ told officers that he had interacted with Fisher earlier in the night, and noticed that she was “highly intoxicated.” The DJ further explained that he’d received a “karate type kick” in the face. Ouchies all around!
18. Model Behavior?: Ralitsa Ivanova
This former Maxim cover girl probably won’t be adding this mugshot to her portfolio. Buxom blonde swimsuit model Ralitsa Ivanova was busted on DUI charges in 2015 after she was caught driving in the wrong lane on a busy Florida thoroughfare and performed “very poorly” on a sobriety test. Once billed as “the sexiest Bulgarian alive,” the then-29-year-old knockout told police that she’d been trying to drive home from Tampa to St. Petersburg, but kept getting lost while texting. However, police caught the eye-catching blonde driving her BMW in the wrong direction. Used to posing for the likes of Esquire and Sports Illustrated, Ivanova was then required to look at the lens for her mugshot.
19. Naughty Nurse: Kristen Johnson
This New York nurse had to surrender her license after she was arrested and convicted for snapping lewd photos of unconscious male patients’ private parts. The phallic pictures and another invasive image of a gastrointestinal patient found on her phone initially led her to face a felony charge. The 27-year-old blonde’s charges were later reduced in 2016 as part of a plea deal in which she agreed to spend three years on probation. While her professional ethics were undoubtedly questioned, her looks were not. Johnson has since managed to make multiple lists of attractive criminals.
20. Looks to Kill: Tara Lambert
This former model with an apparent “Fargo” complex may have been used to being in front of the camera during her career. But, the bombshell blonde’s image was in the media everywhere in recent years due to the legal proceedings surrounding her headline-grabbing murder-for-hire case when she tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband’s ex-wife. Tara Lambert’s regular seductive sartorial choices in the courtroom eventually translated to a mugshot that could have served the casting producers of “Orange Is the New Black.” Oh, and did we mention her conspiracy to commit murder allegedly involved a wood chipper? She insisted the remark was a joke, but the jury wasn’t having it. In 2016, a judge overturned the Ohio native’s conviction.
21. Sin City Stunner: Katie Rees
Having such perfectly sculpted cheekbones should be illegal. However, that’s not what this foxy former beauty queen was locked up for. Katie Rees, who was stripped of her Miss Nevada USA crown in 2006, has faced her fair share of scandals – including legal ones. Her fall from grace has been well documented, starting when risqué photos of Rees exposing her breasts and kissing women while at a nightclub surfaced, leading to her dethronement in 2006. With a record including at least two arrests in recent years, Rees’s mugshots are bound to appear in any search of one-time pageant princess.
22. Orange is the New Beautiful: Veronica Rodriguez
With a thick mane of jet-black hair and full, luscious lips, Veronica Rodriguez had social media salivating over her alluring appearance from her 2010 mugshot after being arrested for drunk driving in Florida. The photo of the then-19-year-old apparently had a lot of hearts racing. With several blogs claiming that Rodriguez is none other than a popular adult entertainment actress by the same name, it is not clear whether this luscious looker eventually made it from an orange suit to the blue screen. Read on for more photogenic prisoners!
23. Scintillating Scammer: Jessie Alexander
She may have Hollywood good looks, but Jessie Alexander of Miami doesn’t seem to have any viable connection to the news-media industry, although she tricked people into thinking she did. The 41-year-old showbiz poser allegedly scammed businesses out of thousands of dollars, claiming she was a local TV producer. Boasting friendships with A-listers like Mel Gibson and Ben Affleck, Alexander claimed she was working for Fox 29 in a scheme that reportedly raked in $23,750 from a handful of beguiled business owners. The stunning swindler purportedly used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle. She was finally arrested in 2013 on fraud charges.
24. Gorgeous Gangster: Mirella Ponce
Facing felony charges or not, one thing is for sure – Mirella Ponce is fierce. A mugshot of the ravishing raven-haired arrestee with intricate neck tattoos has gained traction and left the mesmerizing gang member mulling a possible future as a real model. Ponce, 20, became an Internet sensation after Fresno police posted her mugshot taken following her October arrest while driving in a vehicle with other gangsters, a loaded weapon and an infant. Despite pleading guilty to two felony charges, her photo got more than 2 million views and spurred smitten onlookers who offered to pay her bail. She’s apparently now considering taking a shot at modeling.
25. Shackled Santa: Fidel Gonzalez Gutierrez
This 58-year-old Florida man, who undoubtedly bears an uncanny semblance to Santa Clause, was incidentally busted for matters dealing with a certain type of “white substance” – but not the kind ubiquitously found in the North Pole. Incidentally, Fidel Gonzalez Gutierrez was taken into custody on charges related to selling cocaine – aka “snow”. Though not looking so jolly, the Saint Nick lookalike happened to don a red shirt, bushy white beard and long frosty locks in his mugshot that made the rounds just about a fast as Santa does on Christmas. Wonder if he’ll be home in time for the holidays?
26. Puckering Up for Police: Angela Green
Far from snapping a downtrodden shot, Cleveland resident Angela Green, in essence, appears to be telling the cops to kiss her tush in her detainment picture. Sporting a defiant demeanor, the 34-year-old found herself the subject of ephemeral fame. Green’s mugshot made a buzz following her arrest for refusing to leave an Ohio hotel. The “duckfaced” arrestee was charged with obstructing official business, including providing the hotel with “quack” information. She was later released on a $354 cash bond.
27. Forget Orange, it’s all About Black: Morgan Joyce Varn
A fair share of mugshot subjects are known to sport fanciful body art. Yet, few are seen with the scope of ink work as that of Morgan Joyce Varn, 24. While the South Carolina mother’s face and neck tattoos are noticeable, it’s her totally-blackened eyes that turned heads. Her police mugshot went viral and spurred headlines such as this by a Fox affiliate in Las Vegas: “Here’s a Mugshot to Haunt Your Nightmares.” Varn was cuffed and charged with armed robbery, attempted kidnapping and property damage. She has since had the Internet questioning whether she tattooed her sclera and irises, or whether she was wearing contacts.
28. Jeremy Meeks 2.0?: Sean Kory
This handsome man’s mugshot is known for giving the ‘world’s hottest felon,’ Jeremy Meeks, a run for his money. Sean Kory had outlaw-loving ladies swooning, and bore the title “Hot Mugshot Guy” following his arrest for assault on Halloween in 2014. The hunky green-eyed Californian was booked for attacking a man dressed as a Fox News reporter at that year’s Santa Cruz Halloween Parade. Despite bearing fabulous features similar to those of Meeks’, Kory didn’t seem to go on to land a modeling contract. His mugshot may have been a hit, but still, there’s no excuse for hitting someone.
29. Lucky Lawbreaker: Mekhi Alante Lucky
Mekhi Alante Lucky’s mugshot depicting his breathtaking bone structure and uniquely distinguished eyes quickly made him an online sensation and earned him the moniker “Prison Bae.” The North Carolina man’s image drove him to stardom in the wake of his April 2016 arrest for speeding and driving a stolen vehicle. Lucky truly lived up to his name in part due to a condition call heterochromia that causes one of his exquisite eyes to be blue, while the other is brown. Despite four subsequent arrests in 2016, the 20-year-old with astonishing irises happened to catch the gaze of St Claire’s Modeling, and the Atlanta-based agency signed him as a client in August 2017. The next suspect on the list is bound to steal your heart!
30. Bride Behind Bars: Tammy Lee Hinton
This newlywed was shackled by more than just love when Michigan authorities arrested her on suspicion of felony identity theft. Tammy Lee Hinton’s nuptial bliss was apparently interrupted when she was arrested shortly after saying “I do.” The situation likely served as “something blue” for this bride all dressed in white. Despite the circumstances, Hinton opted not to change out of her wedding attire for her mugshot. She then went from walking down the aisle to being locked into a cell – well, for less than a half hour before her dutiful new husband picked her up. Now that’s love.