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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?

  • Cb46b4bfa58cfbd6_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Couldn't have said it better myself tluttrell. He seems happy which is only added insult to those affected by his selfish act.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Exactly Curegirl. Looks just like him!

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Can you say Uncle Fester?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Bump tluttrell. This guy is getting what he wants...attention! I agree take away all the attention from him and focus it on those who were affected directly by his doing. He should have to wake up every day with a collage of photos of those he hurt and or killed right smack in his face. They ought to let the parents of that poor young girl be the ones to push the button on the control panel for the lethal injection machine if he gets the death penalty.

  • Wolf_001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump tluttrell. I don't think he is insane I think he is evil. There is a difference. He chose this. Let him have the
    cosequences. Death Penalty.

  • Maa_class_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    i agree with tluttrell9. this is a pic of some loser- how about posting the faces of the people that lost their life at the hands of this idiot.

  • Gas_mask_1_max50


    over 3 years ago


    He looks like the definition of pure evil.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I agree with you tluttrell..

    What about the victims? They should be the ones that need to be thought of.. Not the suspect. The media seems to be concerned about the suspects actions. Who cares if Loughner wanted publicity.. He should be in prison and on death row..

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    To me he looks like a young Uncle Fester from the Adams family, if anyone else remembers them.

  • 2008_masonic_coin_max50


    over 3 years ago


    That boy just ain't right. I hate seeing this turning in to a spin for any political agenda. Whether he is legally sane or not is for the courts to decide. Bottom line is he is another nut job who doesn't care about the lives he took and ruined. Evil relishes the harm it causes and despises the happiness and goodness others have. I offer my heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of these innocent victims.

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    over 3 years ago


    I think that the shooter is getting what he wanted, fame. And the media is reacting as he knew they would. Why not, instead of plastering his face all over the media and the world, why don't we plaster the faces of those he injured and killed, so that they are the ones remembered in this tragic situation. IMO...

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