In the Rogues’ Gallery
Chief Desmond Has Placed Leon Czolgosz’s Official
Chief of Detectives
Desmond yesterday received from Buffalo, N. Y., the Bertillon photograph
and description of Leon F. Czolgosz, alias Fred Nieman, the anarchist
who attempted to assassinate President McKinley. The picture was
placed in the “foreign gallery,” as the collection of outside pictures
The description is as follows: Age,
28; height, 5 feet 7/8
inches; weight, 138 pounds; build, medium; hair, brown; eyes, blue;
complexion, medium; born Detroit, Mich.; occupation, wireworker;
date of arrest, September 6, 1901; Officers Geary, Solomon and Foster;
remarks, cut and scar on left cheek.
Doctor F. D. Johns, Superintendent
of the St. Louis Bertillon Bureau, analyzed the photograph and the
head measurements carefully.
“Czolgosz’s features show that he
was a degenerate,” said Doctor Johns. “His head is short and broad,
his forehead is narrow and of medium height. The jaw is not prominent,
the nose is large and slightly upturned and the left side of his
face is much brighter than the right. The medium line of the face
is not in the center, but rather to the right, leaving the features
on that side rather pinched. The general features show degeneracy.
While many a man of those features might go through life and be
accepted as having ordinary intelligence, still it is the character
of face from which paranoiacs develop. A man with such features
could not be depended upon. There is a weakness clearly indicated.
“Czolgosz has a sad countenance. I
should say he was moody and self-absorbed, even bordering on the
fanatic. I would take him to be a very vain man, who would want
to attract notoriety. I should say he shot McKinley more to attract
attention than through the commission of some plot.”