CRIME

What Crime Used To Look Like (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

03/26/2015 02:43 pm ET | Updated Mar 30, 2015

The Big Apple's criminal past is under the interrogation lights.

Some 30,000 New York City crime photos taken by the NYPD will be digitized, thanks to a $125,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities announced this week, according to the New York Times.

The photos were taken between 1914 and 1975 by NYPD photo unit officers.

The pictures were stored in boxes after cases were closed, Petapixel reports.

Take a look at a sampling below. Some of the photos may be disturbing.

  • NYC Municipal Archives
    A streetcar jumped the tracks and crashed into a store on the intersection of Nostrand and Putnam Avenues in July of 1931.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    A crowd gathers around the body of Vincenzo Argo who was killed in front of 35 Thompson Street in Manhattan on Oct. 12, 1925.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    An officer with homemade liquor in a Brooklyn apartment in July of 1927.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    A weapon that included brass knuckles, gun and shank from 1939.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    A locker from a pipe bomb explosion at Pennsylvania Station in 1955, that was eventually connected to "Mad Bomber" George S. Metesky.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    Police destroy books that were thought to be indecent in the furnace room of police headquarters in Manhattan in 1935.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    Photo of murder victim Dominick Didato on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan in 1936.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    James W. Ford speaking at a Communist Party meeting at Madison Square Garden May 26, 1938.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    An apartment on East 137th St in the Bronx where Virginia Bender was found dead from apparent strangulation and a stab wound in June of 1939.
  • NYC Municipal Archives
    Protest at Columbia University in April of 1968.
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