World's greatest crime fighter?
Sketch artist earns Guinness world record
- Duration 4:14
- Date Aug 4, 2012
Sketch artist earns Guinness world record
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Well she doesn't have a -- children dying but she's fighting crime for more than thirty years.
After surviving a brutal assault Lois Gibson turned a horrible ordeal into a positive.
Teaming up with the Houston Police Department as a forensic sketch artist she now.
Holds the Guinness world record for being the world's most successful sketch artists helping police solve nearly thirteen hundred crimes -- There is such is joining us now her stories forensic sketch artist Lois Gibson most nice to see this morning.
Clayton it's so good to be here and congratulations on your record it's amazing we mentioned there in the intro course that this was -- personally important to you after surviving a brutal attack years ago why did you decide.
To help others and solve crime.
Wall because I was killed and I watch myself die -- I didn't quite died.
I reacted really hardly to it.
And I can always -- since I was tiny and I always -- portraits and when I moved to Houston is like a bloodbath they had over 700 murders that year.
And I just went down and force myself on the Houston police officers.
And it was very difficult -- -- a freelance for seven and a quarter years bringing all my gear into the building.
Setting up in a room of breaking it down to putting in a chart of my -- -- this gets.
Every third sketch I would do would solve the crime and finally they gave me a job after seven and a quarter years.
But what the people United States do not understand is there's only about two dozen forensic artist in the entire country.
Almost every state and city does not have a full time forensic artist.
I just got did the artist in Chicago started they don't have a full time artist in Chicago but I got one started that took my class.
And he's solving -- kind of crimes -- -- sketch artist -- 30% of the time when they sketch.
And fingerprints only -- 10% of the time -- everybody has fingerprints available that's right really it's actually less than 10% lower than actually.
Most artists have more than 30% success rate and yet all departments.
Have for -- fingerprints they don't have -- cigars it's a new field.
And on a pioneer and I'm trying to develop as many forensic artist is like him for -- -- away from the earth.
We lost we're looking at some -- your -- working at -- -- anyhow how.
Much they look alike when they finally catch these criminals what's in one case that comes to mind that sticks out for you in particular.
Oh I have.
Solved over a 1002 -- 66 but you might have the picture I did from a mommy.
Who saw a woman in -- rim or hospital room and that woman kidnapped her tin.
Our old baby eight tiny newborn ten hours old yeah and I got without mommies she was hysterical.
And as soon as a sketch came out.
The friend of the kidnap -- -- the kidnapper brought this little newborn baby over to show our friends yet seen in years.
When the friends saw the sketch on TV.
And they got the baby back that night because she called it then that's how sketches work.
Sketches are wonderful.
All the witnesses say they can't remember but.
That could draw faces can learn how to do this I I got a class and October.
I mean Ainsley if you could draw you should sign up it's October in Houston Texas it's five days long.
And if you can draw I can give you this career I can teach you how to do this career.
People come from all the world I just had a group from Abu Dhabi.
Come here to take my class a few weeks ago and I've taught artist from Israel Romania Portugal.
-- England and I can teach people if they can draw and they can get my book forensic artist central's.
If you could draw faces and you have the temperament if you could stand to be with people that -- -- through the worst thing in their life and make them feel better.
You can help and -- -- primus -- you are solving crimes for these families that need closure you're really helping out including criminals behind bars so that they don't do crimes other people thank you so I'm not -- Gibson thanks so much for joining us this morning.
And and -- clearly hasn't seen your drawings because it figures -- -- in the -- -- -- you I'd be more than five days.
Away coming up on the show.