Arthur Fellig, nicknamed “Weegee” after the Ouji board because of his eery ability to arrive at crime scenes minutes after the crime occurred (let’s hope that was a coincidence), was the nation’s first crime scene photographer.
Throughout the 1930s and ’40s Weegee made his living photographing crime scenes for NYC newspapers. He took his job so seriously that he constructed a dark room in the back of his car to hasten the amount of time it took to get the photos to the newspapers. In 1938 he was the only private citizen with a permit for a portable police radio, which allowed him to more easily find crime scenes to photograph. Check out some of the gruesome photos below.