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Why Age-Enhanced Sketches Looked Nothing Like The Real ‘Whitey’

James "Whitey" Bulger's booking photo obtained by WBUR, left, with an age enhanced image from an FBI wanted poster (Composite Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)

James "Whitey" Bulger's booking photo obtained by WBUR, left, with an age enhanced image from an FBI wanted poster (Composite Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)

When the FBI finally brought in alleged Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger last week, a lot of us saw his mug shot and thought: “That’s ‘Whitey?”

The bald, bearded man bore little resemblance to the mustachioed, bespectacled guy on the FBI’s “most wanted” poster.

Forensic artist Patty Cornell says Whitey managed to outwit the FBI’s age-advancing sketch composite technology with little more than a beard.

Guest:

  • Patty Cornell, forensic artist with the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, formerly a forensics detective on the Providence, R.I., police force

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