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Portraits of Guilt

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Inside the investigations of the deadly crimes that have shocked our nation -- the Polly Klaas kidnapping, Susan Smith's drownings of her own children, the Oklahoma City bombing -- one woman is the investigative world's secret weapon. You've seen her work: it was her composite drawing that revealed the face of the Unabomber, her hand that put a profile on Oklahoma City's J ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Pocket Star Books (first published June 1st 2000)
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Maybe I just didn't get it, but to me this memoir seemed a little trite, sensationalised and self-congratulatory.

I got this book on the assumption that it would provide behind-the-scenes insight into the procedure of criminal profiling, but instead I got 300 plus pages of Boylan complaining about the system and preaching her own method over and over again. I admit that it was interesting the first time to read about how the traditional methods of coming up with a composite face can contaminate e
Remember the hooded, sunglassed, seemingly generic picture of the Unabomber?

That's the work of forensic artist Jeanne Boylan, author of Portraits of Guilt. This amazing woman, who is also an America's Most Wanted correspondent, has been used to help identify suspects in many high-profile cases, including the drowning of Susan Smith's children, the kidnapping of Ruth Mayer, and the Oklahoma City bombing.

One of the problems with witnesses, Boylan points out in her book, is that police tend not to
Read too long ago to write a review but I remember finding it a fascinating read.
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I write mysteries, so I was an easy sell for this book, by a crime insider - she understands the difficult art of portraiture of suspects, from the often scatterbrained accounts of frightened eyewitnesses. Several cases where her efforts made the difference between catching a criminal or not are given, as are cases where injustice was averted. Not everyone's cup of tea, but for those seriously interested in crime detection, this belongs on your shelf!
A top forensic artist and interviewer gives some of her most lauded cases, including the Polly Klaas case, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Susan Smith case.

Different from Gibson's book, but just as enthralling. There is no explanation for her artistic abilities though. It's also a little disjointed at times.
easy, interesting summer read. though i read it to specifically understand the benefit of deep listening when interviewing, it was also very entertaining and informative about the criminal justice system.
I think it was a little silly of me to think that this book would be insightful regarding mechanisms of memory. It's very schmaltzy in style, even if it is written by someone named Boylan.
This book is about the woman who profiles America's deadliest criminals. I enjoyed it.
Gained a huge appreciation for sketch artist Jeanne Boylan.
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