Art on Trial

Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases

Ranked #77 in Art Therapy

A man kidnaps his two children, murders one, and attempts to kill the other. At his trial, the prosecution seeks the death penalty, while the defense exhausts all available resources to avoid the sentence. They ultimately turn to more than one hundred examples of the defendant's artwork, created over his lifetime, to determine whether the man was mentally ill at the time of his crimes. Describing an outstanding example of the use of forensic art therapy in a criminal case, David Gussak, contracted by the defense to analyze the evidence in this instance, recounts his findings and presentation... more

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