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Jul 9, 2024

Today we welcome Lisa Bailey, a former FBI forensic artist, to discuss her captivating new book, "Clay and Bones." With a unique blend of artistry and investigative skills, Bailey shares her experiences from an extraordinary career in law enforcement.

Book Spotlight: "Clay and Bones"

"Clay and Bones" is a gripping memoir that takes readers behind the scenes of the FBI's forensic art department. Bailey's story weaves together her fascinating casework, the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field, and her personal journey of resilience and self-discovery.

Discussed in this Episode:

  • The intricate process of facial reconstruction and how it helps solve complex cases
  • Bailey's unexpected path from graphic design to becoming a sought-after forensic artist
  • High-profile cases that showcased Bailey's unique skills, including the hunt for notorious fugitive Whitey Bulger
  • The intense pressure and working conditions of FBI deployments, from Bogota to Quantico
  • Navigating bureaucracy, discrimination, and a toxic work environment within the FBI
  • The emotional toll of working on harrowing crimes and how Bailey coped with the darkness
  • Life after the FBI: Bailey's new chapter in Portugal and her plans for the future



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