Catching criminals with forensic artistry goes high tech

June 25, 2013

Local sketch artist draws uncanny resemblances

“I’ve seen a lot of scary things,” forensic artist Greg Bean admitted. “But, that first life drawing class still scared the crap out of me.”

The police detective was picked from obscurity 13 years ago by his commanding officer to attend an art class. The veteran investigator knew how to pursue serious crimes, confront aggressive criminals and interrogate suspects, but he was still nervous.

Contributed Greg Bean’s sketch (left) looks very much like Seattle attorney Danford Grant (middle), the actual suspect in rapes of area massage therapists. At right is Greg Bean’s sketched self-portrait.

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Greg Bean’s sketch (left) looks very much like Seattle attorney Danford Grant (middle), the actual suspect in rapes of area massage therapists. At right is Greg Bean’s sketched self-portrait.

“I was an art imbecile, completely out of my element,” he said.

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