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    http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/...107/107310396/



    Forensic artist Frank Bender explains how he makes his forensic models at his studio on South Street in Philadelphia, in March, 2001. Bender, whose work led to several victim identifications and arrests, died Thursday. He was 70.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/us/31bender.html

    Published: July 30, 2011


    Frank Bender, a forensic sculptor whose work haunting, three-dimensional faces in clay helped identify the forgotten dead and apprehend the fugitive living, died on Thursday at his home in Philadelphia. He was 70.


    The cause was pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer that attacks the outer lining of the lungs, his daughter Vanessa said. An elfin man whose bald head, fierce gaze and Vandyke made him look like a pocket Mephistopheles, Mr. Bender was among the best known of the countrys handful of forensic sculptors an unusual craft that stands at the nexus of art, crime, science and intuition.
    Mr. Bender was almost entirely self-taught, for he never anticipated a career in forensic sculpture. Who, after all, envisions a life in which skulls, sent by hopeful law enforcement agencies, arrive periodically in the mail? (Usually the skulls had been denuded and cleaned, though not always, and luncheon visitors to Mr. Benders home-cum-studio occasionally arrived to find one bubbling away in a pot on the stove.).........

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