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Loughner Mugshot Is "Most Disturbing Thing I've Ever Seen"

Loughner Mugshot Is "Most Disturbing Thing I've Ever Seen"

In this handout provided by the Pima County Sheriff's Forensic Unit, Jared Lee Loughner poses for a photo.

The Daily News

January 11, 2011

Editor Note: The following is an Opinion article meant to foster discussion. The statement is not an endorsement nor reflects the views and opinions of or our parent company Monster Worldwide.

A mugshot just released of Jared Lee Loughner, the 22-year-old man accused of the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the killing of six others in Tucson, has become a focal point for the strong reactions felt across the United States and even global community after the weekend violence.

The mugshot, which shows Loughner staring straight into the camera with an unsettling smirk on his face, has been splashed across the front pages of American and international newspaper websites. As this is being written, it appears as the lead photograph on the and slideshows and on the front page of, BBC News, Yahoo News, The Huffington Post, The Times of London, The Daily Telegraph and other top news sites.

Loughner appeared in a federal courtroom in Phoenix Monday with his lawyer Judy Clarke. The college dropout faces two federal murder charges and three attempted murder charges. Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson called Loughner a “danger to the community” and ordered him held without bond. Rep. Giffords remains hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head.

In the photograph, released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Forensic Unit, light shines off Loughner’s bald head. He has freckles and what looks like the tracings of a black eye. What makes the image striking is not the face itself, but the look the young man conveys. He grabs the viewer with his eyes, looking straight ahead and not backing down or showing any sign of shame or remorse. Viewing the image — and knowing what the subject is accused of doing — leaves many viewers wondering if the man is mentally ill.

On the social networking site Twitter, the mugshot has been discussed at length with people calling it “creepy” and “eery” and others pleading with the media to stop showing the photograph.

One person wrote: “Have yall seen this Jared loughner mugshot??? My god… Keith olbermann, please stop showing that joint. I am all types of creeped out.”

Another wrote, “Jared lee loughner’s mugshot will forever haunt me in my dreams.”

Another called it “one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen.”

What are your thoughts on the image? Why do you think it causes such strong reactions? Should the media limit their use of the image?

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Retleo

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump Riot!

  • Don_27t_20tred_20on_20me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    He knows he's in the spotlight....thinks he's the next Ted Bundy. This guy has some serious mental issues...he's been wanting to go in a blaze of glory for a while now...even been gloating about killing a cop on his facebook page. My worry is why didn't someone say something to someone? If I said I was going to kill a cop, I would hope my own wife would turn me in!

  • Imag0190_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I hate all of the Talk Radio shows saying, "It's the Liberals fault!" "It's the Conservatives fault!" Here's an idea, it's his fault and there is a special place in hell reserved for him.

  • K9-wallpaper_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Evil SOB.

  • Monday_march_3_police_blotter_max50


    over 3 years ago


    "Damn POS!!!!! This one will burn in HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Telecommunicator_rusch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Without a doubt there isn't anyone home in that mind... very very scary...

  • 375956_401447159923274_1109023972_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I saw this mug shot today on Fox News (I am not going to say face). His eyes, the smirk on his face. How could anyone could just walk into a parking lot and spray bullets into a crowd of innocent men, women, and children who didn't know him from the next person. I know his attorney is going to try to use the "insanity defense" the good thing about Arizona if you are found guilty by reason of insanity you will go to a prison mental hospital and you are deemed "cured" you will go back to prison to serve the rest of your sentence. Actually, I hope at his Federal trial he will be sentenced to death. Spending the rest of his life in prison is too good for him and having the people of Arizona or the US pay for it is just a waste of money.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    either a mental case or pretending to be but looks like the real deal. saw the photos of the other murder victims on cnn. really drove it home. not good. good people. a little girl; a high level judge that worked his way up from being a bailiff; retirees; volunteers...the salt of the earth. prayers and tears. a strong recovery for congresswoman Giffords and the other wounded.
    Dear Lord.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 3 years ago


    OK, He look like...He lost his ever loving mind...THOSE EYES

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 3 years ago


    He looks like MANSON.....

  • Mustanggt500kr_top_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Sturgis_07_096_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I hope this dirtbag gets the death penalty!

  • Meangreen01_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Not even close to "one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen." I can see how it would be for a normal, everyday citizen though...

    Either way, I hope the trial is swift and the sentence just.

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago



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