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Jeanne Boylan

Real Name: Jeanne Boylan
Occupation: Facial Identification Specialist
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
Date Of Birth: Unrevealed
Location: Various


Background: Jeanne Boylan is a famous facial identification specialist who started her career after graduating with degrees in Psychology. In the mid-1970s, she worked at the Sheriff's Department in Multnomah County, Oregon. She noticed how poorly suspect sketches were commonly made; often, investigators would not allow the witnesses to answer when they asked questions. This would make the sketches inaccurate. She set out to study how they were so notoriously inaccurate.
In 1980, she got her chance when a supervisor gave her a difficult unsolved rape case. Instead of acting coldly towards the victim and demanding information, she tried to act compassionately and talked about things that were unrelated to the rape. This led to the victim remembering certain details that she had forgotten beforehand. Based on the description, she made a new sketch that led to the case being solved. Jeanne gradually graduated to higher profile cases nationwide.
More cases followed, and her reputation grew. Through high demand, she worked for Federal and State agencies throughout the US, taught in Russia, multiple times in the war in El Salvador for the U.S. State Department and throughout China and Japan. She authored a book about her varied 28 year career entitled, Portraits of Guilt, published internationally in hardcover in 2000.
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Notes: The case primarily about Jeanne first aired on the October 2, 1994 episode. She was also featured on the September 4, 2002 episode in the Molly Bish case and in many additional episodes.
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