Criminal

An illustration of a sketch artist working during a trial.

Pen & Paper

Episode #35

2016-01-22 01:29:44

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As a young woman in the ’60s, Andy Austin talked her way into a job as a courtroom sketch artist in Chicago. She spent 43 years sketching everyone from disgraced governors to John Wayne Gacy, and says she only made someone look bad on purpose once.

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Courtroom sketch of John Wayne Gacy by Andy Austin

Courtroom sketch of John Wayne Gacy by Andy Austin

Courtroom sketch of John Wanye Gacy's mother

Andy Austin’s sketch of John Wayne Gacy’s mother

Courtroom sketch of the insanity defense placard

Andy Austin’s courtroom sketch of the insanity defense placard

Andy's sketch of Phoebe

Andy’s sketch of Phoebe

 

See more of Andy Austin’s work in her book, Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom.