Thursday, May 29, 2014

DAILY BEAST FEATURES Celebrities in Court: 50 Years of Courtroom Illustrations

Article by Justin Jones of the Daily Beast

From Charles Manson to O.J, Michael Jackson to the Son of Sam, the drawings of courtroom artists capture the most dramatic, and sometimes the most moving and fleeting, images of the biggest trials of modern times.
In 1970, Charles Manson was tried in a Los Angeles courtroom for the murder of actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant, and six other women. With no photographers allowed, the public relied on the words of reporters, describing the gruesome details and decisions held within the sanctified walls. For the really theatrical moments, however, the action was conveyed in illustrations by a group of courtroom artists capturing the drama the world may have never seen.


Charles Manson, 1970
Charles Manson holding up the LA Times that almost caused a mistrial by Bill Robles 1970

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