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Art on Trial: Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases

David Gussak


This book details how forensic art therapy was used in a capital murder case in which a man was tried for kidnapping his two children, murdering one, and attempting to kill the other. In this case, the prosecution sought the death penalty, while the defense employed an unusual strategy to avoid the sentence. The defendant's attorneys turned to more than one hundred examples of his artwork, which he had created over many years, to determine whether he was mentally ill at the time he committed the crimes. The book's author, an art therapist who was contracted by the defense to analyze the images ... More

Keywords: forensic art therapy, capital murder case, criminal proceedings, clinical assessment, art therapist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162517
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Gussak, author
Florida State University

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