Joined: 23 Oct 2004 Posts: 430
[FAVORS] Advice for Bad Cop A few people have talked to me asking that I post some advice on the Bad Cop favor, so here it is.
First off, you don't need to do any genealogical research on people in the local cemetery. The point of the favor is to find someone over 50 that you know nothing about, spend some time considering who they could and might have been, and then write up a short police report on them, complete with a police sketch. I included name, weight, height, eye color, and occupation, as well as the police sketch.
The way police sketches work is they have a big book filled with different types of facial attributes. There's generally a slice for the forehead/top of head area, eye area, nose, mouth, and chin. Using all these parts, they're able to put different ones together to come up with what a person generally looks like. I have a hard time drawing realistic people on my own, so I followed a similar idea.
Using Ultimate Flash Face, I printed out several different styles of hair, noses, and mouths, and when I got to the site I picked the ones I felt matched the person I was drawing and redrew it on its own sheet of paper. Eventually, I had my own face from the bits and pieces, which I left along with the report at the grave site.
This is the way I did it; I don't know how others did, but I know I'm not the only one to get this favor approved. Some people have expressed worry about the drawing part, though, and this is a very simple solution.
Hope that helps. If anybody else has done this and has tips, please feel free to share.
Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:26 am
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Joined: 26 Sep 2002 Posts: 3635 Location: Is not Chicago
The spectacles turned out rather nicely!
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Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:43 am
Joined: 24 Sep 2004 Posts: 1139 Location: Chapel Hill, NC
I interpreted things a bit differently - I thought the 50 years requirement means that the grave has to be 50 years old (IE buried 1955 or prior), not the person's age buried there.
I based my detective work on the graves themselves - the fact that the death date was during the depression, family members nearby, last names/maiden names, graves that looked as if they'd been moved to this cemetery, etc.
As for the sketch, mine was decidedly low quality. Jinx, yours is multiple orders of magnitude better than mine was. Kudos! Thankfully, Lucky didn't seem to mind.
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Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:09 am
Joined: 06 Aug 2004 Posts: 108 Location: Mississippi
I also interpreted it as the grave needed to be more than 50 years old as the small favor says "Find me a
grave at least 50 years old." (Emphasis mine)
As to research, it is certainly not necessary to accomplish the task. Learn as much from the tombstone as possible and draw the sketch. So long as the sketch is of the face, any level of quality/similarity to police sketches is probably fine.
On the other hand, I had a lot of fun tracking down info on someone who had died before 1955. I live in a small country town in Mississippi with limited presence online, at least compared to somewhere like San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, etc. So, if you have the time... I recommend the research effort for your personal edification.
Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:08 am
Joined: 23 Oct 2004 Posts: 430
see, if I'd read the thing properly, I probably would've done a 50 year grave instead of a 50 year person. Woops.
But they approved it, so I'm not complaining.
Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:36 am
Joined: 22 Oct 2004 Posts: 130 Location: Wilton, NH
Here is what I submitted (and got approved):
Although the title of this favor was "Bad Detective", I did a little good detective work on this one. I visited the cemetery and found all the graves of important people in my town. People with streets, buildings, hills, and other landmarks named after them. I went back to my computer and researched them, and I found one, Robert Riley, that actually graduated from my school back in 1896.
I called up the school's library and found out that they did have an 1896 yearbook, but it was in off-site storage. However, it turned out that the off-site storage was located in the basement of my residence hall, and because Sunday is a slow day, I was able to convince the reference librarian to meet me down there and open it for me. After searching though dozens of dusty shelves, I finally found what I was looking for.
From the yearbook, I found that Robert Riley was a Mechanical Engineering student, a center on the school's football team, and actually was the editor for the 1896 yearbook. I also found a picture, which I did my best to turn into a police sketch.
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Fri Oct 21, 2005 2:17 am
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Joined: 02 Dec 2002 Posts: 7567 Location: My own alternate reality
Here is my submission:
The Hempstead Family were farmers along the Missouri River in the area that would someday be part of North St. Louis.
William & Lydia were destined to be together in death as in life, as they passed away within 17 hrs of each other.
Both were born in North London, he in 1745, she in 1753. They were in the 70's when they passed.
Simple in life, and simple in death. The family plot resides in the oldest section of Bellefontaine cemetery, on part of the ground they tilled, until death did not part.
My attempt at their sketch, left at their worn tombstone in offering.
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Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:16 pm
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