Faces of Evil: Kidnappers, Murderers, Rapists and the Forensic Artist Who Puts Them Behind Bars Hardcover – Jan 1 2006
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By Pennington Proser - Published on Amazon.com
Welcome true crime lovers to an inside treatment of a forensic artists' skill and tenacity in bringing down the bad guys. It is refreshing to see that some very special people are out there fighting crime, one stroke at a time. Together with the Houston Police department, this forensic artist is taking her brush against crime. The story is well written and insightful. Don't miss this exciting inside account of what is good about our law enforcement professionals!
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By Ann C. Morland - Published on Amazon.com
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As a practicing forensic facial reconstruction specialist (what is now called forensic art) and instructor in the field, I am always looking for the published works of true crime forensic artists. Lois Gibson's new book, Faces of Evil, is a true `from the heart' story of both her life and her passion for her work. Without embellishment, I read the book with tears and laughter, with sadness and hope. Lois' account of her work is a true crime story that validates the reasons forensic artists choose to practice in this field. While the stories of her cases are exciting and most interesting, I found a kindred spirit in Lois when I read Chapter 14. I think if more law enforcement individuals read this chapter alone, forensic art would be more to the forefront of fighting crime and the public would be better served. Lois gives every forensic artist a gift in the last chapter as she tackles the difficult art of the composite interview. I highly recommend this book to every forensic artist, law enforcement person, and anyone in the general public.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sunbonnet - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't put this book down. True compassion for victims and survivors of crime and fascinating cases. I just picked this book up for a quick look and ending up sitting for hours. Lois Gibson is an artist in so many ways: technically gifted with insight and kindness for the survivors that she helps. Highly recommended.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Simon Sayz - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book within 2 weeks, mostly during my break hours and riding the subway in NYC. Amazing book, from the beginning to the end is exciting. I just had to find out what happens next. I'm a college student and I'm just interested in something like CSI. I recommend this book to anyone, even if you aren't a forensic artist. This is truely amazing book of her life and the crimes she helped solved.
By Tim Kramer - Published on Amazon.com
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Contrary to what the title connotes, Lois Gibson says, faces of evil are "always ordinary" when not in the act of violence (except for their shark eyes). Lois implores the reader to advocate for the use of sketch artists by law enforcement agencies and she has evidence. One in three of her sketches helps bring in a criminal. She emphasizes that 90% of creating a reliable sketch depends on the artist's ability to conduct empathetic interviews. Only 10% has to do with drawing. Her stories are fascinating and I would highly recommend "Faces of Evil" to those interested in law enforcement and art alike.