Source: St. Louis Republic
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “In the Rogues’ Gallery”
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 13 September 1901
Volume number: 94
Issue number: 76
|“In the Rogues’ Gallery.” St. Louis Republic 13 Sept. 1901 v94n76: p. 3.|
|police department (St. Louis, MO); Leon Czolgosz; Frederick D. Johns (public statements); Leon Czolgosz (physiognomical examination); Leon Czolgosz (mental health).|
|Leon Czolgosz; William Desmond; George F. Foster; John J. Geary; Frederick D. Johns; William McKinley; Albert Solomon.|
In the Rogues’ Gallery
Chief Desmond Has Placed Leon Czolgosz’s Official Photograph.
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 is known.
The description is as follows: Age, 28; height, 5 feet 75/8 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.”