Lois Gibson

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Lois Gibson
Lois Gibson.jpg
Born c. 1950
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Forensic artist
Employer Houston Police Department
Children 2

Lois Gibson (born c. 1950)[citation needed] is an American forensic artist who holds a 2017 Guinness World Record for most identifications by a forensic artist.[1][2] She also drew the first forensic sketch shown on America's Most Wanted, which helped identify the suspect and solve the case.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Gibson was born circa 1950. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors degree from the University of Texas at Austin.[1]


Gibson decided to become a forensic artist after being assaulted and nearly killed when she was 21 and living in Los Angeles.[1] She has taught at Northwestern University's Center for Public Safety since 1998.[1] Gibson has worked as a forensic artist for the Houston Police Department since 1989, and as of 2012, it was reported that her work helped solve 1,266 crimes.[1] Gibson has created fine art oil portraits for public buildings of Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, and San Antonio Mayors Jose Miguel de Arciniega, and Juan Seguin.[citation needed]

Gibson is the author of the true crime book Faces of Evil with writer Deanie Francis Mills, and wrote a textbook titled Forensic Art Essentials.[4]

Gibson's work supported Glenn McDuffie's 2007 claim of being the man seen kissing the woman in Alfred Eisenstaedt's photo V-J Day in Times Square.[5] Gibson's forensic analysis compared the Eisenstaedt photographs with current-day photographs of McDuffie, analyzing key facial features identical on both sets. She measured his ears, facial bones, hairline, wrist, knuckles, and hand, and compared those to enlargements of Eisenstaedt's picture. According to Gibson, "I could tell just in general that yes, it's him. But I wanted to be able to tell other people so I replicated the pose".[6]

In 2014, Gibson's work supported the claims of New Mexico educator Ray John DeAragon that Billy the Kid was the subject of a photo he inherited.[7]

In 2017, Gibson's work supported the claims of Jesse James descendant Sandra Mills that a tintype photograph she owned showed James sitting next to Robert Ford.[8]

Appeared as herself on To Tell The Truth.

In 2018, Gibson worked with adult film star Stephanie Clifford (better known as Stormy Daniels) to create a composite sketch of a suspect that Clifford alleges threatened her in 2011 in a parking lot in Las Vegas to keep quiet about her affair with President Donald Trump.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gibson is married and has two children.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Houston Forensic Artist Seeks Justice After Surviving Rape - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  2. ^ a b Law & Order (2015-07-13). "10 Sketches by Forensic Artist Lois Gibson". Business Insider. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  3. ^ Lois Gibson (27 July 2010). Forensic Art Essentials: A Manual for Law Enforcement Artists. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-08-055929-2.
  4. ^ "Forensic Artist and Author Lois Gibson Interview". Ask a Forensic Artist. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  5. ^ Juan A. Lozano, "Forensic expert: N.C. native is sailor in famous wartime photo", The News and Observer, August 3, 2007; Juan A. Lozano, "Man says he's the sailor in famous photo", Associated Press, August 3, 2007, Yahoo News.
  6. ^ Juan A. Lozano, "Man Says He's the Sailor in Famous Photo"
  7. ^ Gibson, Heather. "New 'Billy the Kid' photo real, says Houston forensic artist". The Chron. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  8. ^ Gaffney, Brian. "Heir Cashes in on Controversial Jesse James Photo". Fox Business. Fox News. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ Phillips, Kristine. "Stormy Daniels's lawyer says 'sizable' reward available to identify man who threatened porn star". Washington Post. Washington Post. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ 07/23/2012 2:59 pm EDT (2012-07-23). "Lois Gibson's Composite Sketches Have Helped Catch Texas Criminals For 30 Years". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-15.

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