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Many devoted Frank Sinatra fans are well aware of the infamous “mug shot” of 1938. This scandalous photo was first made public on December 9, 1998, when the FBI released most of Frank Sinatra’s personal file in a stunning 1300-page document. Not only was the mugshot released to the public, there were also a few shocking reports included as well. The first was a document containing reported rumors of connections to organized crime and the second included intelligence regarding his clever dodge from the military draft during World War II - a medical report that released him from military duty due to a perforated eardrum and apparent mental instability. Twenty-three-year-old Frank Sinatra was arrested on November 26, 1938, in Hackensack, New Jersey, and charged with Sub Title: adultery and seduction, having been caught carrying on with a married woman. As the story goes, an old girlfriend accused Sinatra of breaking his promise to marry her, which in turn tainted her good reputation. This former girlfriend ended up in a fight with Nancy Barbato, his fiance and eventually his first wife. The circumstances surround this “catfight” finally led to her accusations of seduction and adultery
and Sinatra’s ultimate arrests. Who would have known that he’d soon make a career out of seducing the world with his voice? In Young’s first series, ‘Pig Portraits’ (2002), the scaled-up infamous mugshots (real and staged) of celebrities awash in fame and monochrome but also restrained as a result of their actions portray the ultimate public shame; the subject detained and awaiting the worst jury of them all. The public.