The Washington Times - December 8, 2008, 02:55PM

People are fascinated by mug shots — and not just those of celebrities — and print and Web publishers are rushing to feed the fascination, CNN is reporting.

There is something fascinating about mug shots. They capture a moment when the person in the photo is probably at his or her very worst.

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And they are all strangely similar: the harsh lighting, the plain backdrop, the simple pose — any mug shot could be a photo for a driver’s license at the DMV.