Meet the world's most successful sketch artist
A Houston artist is retiring after 39 years of creating sketches that help police bust criminals.
Well, I can think about getting the baby back, spending even a little time with Lois Gibson. So this girl that gave me this was shot 15 times She lost an eye in 17th can feel like a whirlwind, there is almost no movie that's going to be as exciting as like two hours at my job. The conversation can go in all directions. I mean, if you've almost been killed, I'm hilarious. Her wealth of experience is just hard to contain, but I'm able to make people that are Feeling worse than they've ever felt. I know how to make her feel better. Gibson has been the forensic artist for the Houston Police Department for 39 years. She's drawn thousands of sketches, baby kidnappers, murderers, robbers, rapists for a short period of time. She listens, asks questions and takes on a crime victims pain, I'm meant to handle this. The second victim met with forensic sketch artist to create an image police can give out to the public to generate leads and her inspiration comes from her own painful past. Hi, I'm jim hutchins on that lived down the hall, I see you come and go, I thought we should get acquainted. It was the early 19 seventies, Gibson was 21 an aspiring actor in L. A. When a serial rapist and murderer burst into her apartment and attacked her. First thing he did was nearly snapped my head off my body, you know, So it was, wow right then I was like in shock, he went kicked the door closed and then there was the attack years later, she channeled her anger and hurt to helping other victims and when early in her career she thought she had failed. It was this that kept her going as we would have caught him without you. So he told me, we kept saying in different ways we would have caught him without you. Now there are hundreds on that list. In fact, she holds a world record for the quote, most criminals positively identified due to her work. There's nothing more rewarding than that. Absolutely nothing. The resemblance is she creates are uncanny. This is the sketch of a woman who took a baby from a hospital and this is that woman, these are drawings of the shooters in the Clear Lake murders from 2000 and three and these are the shooters, brian Harris, then a sergeant with the HPD homicide. Now a chief deputy with the precinct five constable's office was the lead investigator. Once we took the billboard pictures and the sketches themselves and now we had the names of the suspect I about fell out of my chair. Exactly. This is it. This is a place. Gibson has written a book drawn sketches from skeletal remains and has done aged progression and by next month she'll be spending more time in this room in her home in spring drawing or painting what she wants after 39 years, she is retiring. Okay, let's turn along this. Gibson has mentored those who are taking her place and has taught others in her field. Her unparalleled skills will be missed. The talent is getting folks to take that imprint that has been in their brain somewhere and be able to articulate it or visualize what it is that they saw. And lois has been able to do that for 39 years, nearly four decades of seeking justice for people she meets at their worst, Gibson says she won't miss it, but she also wouldn't have had it any other way. Oh, it's been such a big, Great Ride, Jessica, Willey, ABC 13, Eyewitness News.