World's Worst Photo-Fit Helps Police Capture Murderer
An image compared to a "a child's rendition of the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz" has been used by Bolivian police to catch a killer, reports The Guardian.
The image may be childish, but police were able to use the image to help track down two people involved in the murder of Rafael Vargas, a taxi driver from the city of Santa Cruz, who was stabbed 11 times and set on fire in March.
Judging by news accounts, the terrible photo-fit may be overshadowing the story of the terrible crime itself. The Guardian writes:
The head is shaped like a rugby ball, the lips slide to one side, the nose is phallic, the ears are missing and the hair is having a very bad day.
Whilst The Telegraph reports:
The picture, more reminiscent of a child's school drawing than a piece of forensic evidence, consists of a pair of eyes, lopsided lips, a broomstick-shaped nose, and straight eyebrows topped with hair resembling a thatched roof.
The image now appears to have taken on a life of its own - The Daily Mail reports that the photo-fit is now being used by media sites to block out the face of the suspect, who cannot be identified by law.