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Literary magazine The Believer asked forensic artist Barbara Anderson to sketch eight literary criminals, working from descriptive details offered by their creators. From the hints left by the novelists, Anderson drew sketches of such characters as Dickens’ Fagin,  Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert, and Judge Holden, from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian .

Although the article is only available in the print edition, Boston Globe blog Braniac posted the sketch of Dostoevsky’s Raskolnikov.


Raskolnikov: “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.”

Does he look like you imagined? What criminal character would you most like to see recreated in a police sketch?

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