We are all fans of crime shows that dramatize crimes that have taken place and give us an in depth view of how the police manage to solve each particular case. Though it’s sad to know that someone had been harmed, it is a relief to know that justice has been served for the perpetrator as well as bringing closure to the grieving family. Composite sketches are graphical representations of an eyewitness’s memory of a face that is recorded by a composite artist. The sketch then helps authorities obtain further clues from locals to catch the criminal. Some composite sketches are also used to reconstruct the victims face in hopes of identifying them.
The process of composite drawing starts from an eyewitness who tries to recall the facial features of the perpetrator. As each individual characteristic of the face is explained, the artist creates a composite that would match the suspect. Though not everyone is good at remembering faces or certain facial characteristics. These 15 sketches are examples of how inaccurate people as well as composite sketches can be. Whether the witness mixed up the suspects face with a cartoon character or not, the results are utterly amusing.
1. Glenn Rundles: Possibly one of the worst sketches in history.
Though the composite sketch above looks like a Sesame Street character, the sketch actually led to the arrest of Glenn Rundles. The 32 year old man from Texas was arrested for the aggravated robbery of two women. Lamar County Sheriff’s Department released the picture in hopes of tracking the suspect but received publicity for all the wrong reasons. The sketch became an internet sensation overnight and has dubbed as one of the worst police sketches in history.
2. A man Sacramento police seek to identify for making lewd comments and gestures to a woman jogger.
Sacramento police released the sketch of man who looks like a cartoon character for making lewd comments and gestures to a woman jogger. The incident occurred on January 5, 2014, in the Pocket area about 7:15 a.m. Either the woman was jogging for too long that she was tired to recall the facial features of the man or she encountered a cartoon character. The sketch appears as if it was made by a fifth grader.
3. Mario and Luigi’s long lost brother.
At a first glance, the composite sketch looks spot on. The composite sketch actually was successful in capturing the real perpetrator but the added unibrow and “A” makes it appear as if it’s Mario and Luigi’s long lost brother.
4. A suspect from Delaware.
The composite sketch has a little too much detail, don’t you think? Either the witness was spot on or the sketch artist just put too much detail into the drawing. Either way, it’s going to be hard to find the suspect since the lower part of their face is not recognizable.
5. A suspect featured as part of the early 90’s BBC’s Crimewatch program.
Composite sketch drawing is a technique that has been used since the 1970’s. Even in the 1990’s neither the technology nor the resources were as advanced. This composite sketch appears to be a combination of Hitler and a professional wrestler. Either way, the picture was widely circulated through media and received a lot of attention – though not the way authorities wanted it to.