In the photograph, released by the Pima County Sheriff's Forensic Unit, light shines off Loughner's bald head. He has freckles and what looks like the tracings of a black eye. What makes the image striking is not the face itself, but the look the young man conveys. He grabs the viewer with his eyes, looking straight ahead and not backing down or showing any sign of shame or remorse. Viewing the image — and knowing what the subject is accused of doing — leaves many viewers wondering if the man is mentally ill.
On the social networking site Twitter, the mugshot has been discussed at length with people calling it "creepy" and "eery" and others pleading with the media to stop showing the photograph.
One person wrote: "Have yall seen this Jared loughner mugshot??? My god... Keith olbermann, please stop showing that joint. I am all types of creeped out."
Another wrote, "Jared lee loughner's mugshot will forever haunt me in my dreams."
Another called it "one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen."-Jared Lee Loughner mugshot disturbs viewers
Yeah, okay, pretty creepy.