Police Sketches of Literature’s Worst Criminals


In the 2009 art issue of The Believer, forensic artist Barbara Anderson sketches eight notorious literary criminals, working from the (often scant) details found in such classics as Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (see Raskolnikov above).

Do you think the image matches up with Dostoevsky’s description? “He was, by the way, exceptionally handsome, above the average in height, slim, well-built, with beautiful dark eyes and dark brown hair … his face was pale and distorted.” We prefer the visual of Peter Lorre in the 1935 film version. Much better hair.

[via Brainiac]