Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Police sketches only a mother could love

When a suspect commits a crime and runs off, police sketch artists can use a witness’s description to develop a likeness of the offender. Sometimes, it doesn’t quite turn out right.

Police release composite of flashing serial urinator

Police in Gainesville, Florida, have release a sketch of a suspect, that admittedly looks more like a hand puppet than a person, wanted for allegedly urinating on at least seven women in February and March of this year.

Cathleen Crowell Webb, Gary Dotson and the Rape That Never Was

A teen girl, fearing pregnancy after having sex with her boyfriend, fabricates a rape. She describes her fictional assailant to a police sketch artist, and when police show her the photo of someone who looks similar, she sends him to prison for a decade. DNA evidence would finally free Gary Dotson, but his life would never be the same.

Police Release Sketch of Suspect in Shooting of Young Texas Couple

Portland, Tex., police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in the June 23 shooting of Mollie Olgin, 19, and Mary Chapa, 18.

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