The mug shot released today of Jared Lee Loughner, the 22 year-old assailant of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is without question the most…what’s the adjective? Piercing, vivid…One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest-y? Call it the most expressive photographic portrait of an apparently deranged mind since the infamous shot of Charles Manson that appeared on a 12.18.69 LIFE magazine cover after Manson’s arrest for the Tate-LaBianca murders.

(l.) mug shot of Jared Lee Loughner, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ attacker, released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office; (r.) infamous 1969 LIFE magazine cover pic of Charles Manson.

I also got a little bit of a James Arness-in-The Thing echo from the mug shot.