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The Progression Of Forensic Art And How It Can Be Used

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Forensic Art is a sometimes misunderstood and ignored resource for the law enforcement community. Starting with what Forensic Art is defined as, most commonly, it is perceived as any art that can or is used in law enforcement or legal proceedings. This field has several recognized skill sets most prevalent of which are demonstrative evidence, crime scene/composite sketches, image modification/ identification, and postmortem or facial reconstruction. Having a history stretching back to the 1800s forensic art has grown and improved over the course of the following years. First giving a brief history on where forensic art started and then following with some of the benefits each skill set of forensic art provides to the law enforcement community. I will try to show the progression of forensic art and how it can be used by modern law enforcement.
The precursor to modern forensic art has its start in Alphonse Bertillon’s anthropometry. “Mr. Alphonse Bertillon, (born April 23, 1853, Paris—died Feb. 13, 1914, Münsterlingen, Switz.), chief of criminal identification for the Paris police (from 1880) who developed an identification system known as anthropometry, or the Bertillon system, that came into wide use in France and other countries.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 2013) His system of body measurements, while replaced later, paved the way for what we today call forensic art. Still in the 1800s forensic art was used for wanted posters, postmortem drawings (there is a famous one of Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim Catherine Eddowes) and courtroom sketching, such as one of Lizzie Borden. Forensic art progressed in the 1900s, early 1900s it was the use of an updated drawing from old photos, sadly it was a highly romanticized image that flattered the suspect, that helped lead to the arrest of Dr. Crippen who was found guilty of the murder of his wife. Then in the 1930s, an early use of superimposition aided in the identification of the remains of Mrs. Buck Ruxton (Isabella) who was the victim of an atrocious murder by her common-law husband Dr. Buck Ruxton. Following this, the use of forensic art to help solve crime or identify remains has continued to grow through the years. Some of the most famous (or infamous) cases that have used forensic are include: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the UT Tower shooting by Charles Whitman, the case of “The Hillside Strangler” in California one of the two suspects was identified and captured within 48 hours of a sketch of him being published. The list goes on to include forensic art being used in many other well-known cases. (Taylor, 2001, p 12-42)
Looking first at demonstrative evidence, this is what is seen in the courtroom. As the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” so to does the images seen by the jury affect what they think. While it may not be perceived to be as flashy to the public its worth cannot be underestimated. In fact, demonstrative evidence actually can...

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