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  1. #1
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    Feb 2007
    Chicago burbs

    Exclamation Sculptor Frank Bender, 70, helped bring many to justice

    I know this probably belongs in the up to the minute forum, but since so few outside of the UID forum are likely familiar with Frank Benders work I thought I'd post here. Mods pls move if necessary.

    FRANK BENDER, who helped identify hundreds of victims of violence and bring many of the perpetrators to justice over a long career as a forensic sculptor, was confronted by his greatest challenge that fall of 2000.
    He had to sculpt a face where there was no face.

    Told it was impossible to create something out of nothing, Bender rose to the challenge. He loved a challenge, and often used not only his artistic, but his self-proclaimed psychic powers, to bring off the impossible.

    He died yesterday at age 70 of cancer - the disease that was supposed to have killed him more than a year ago.

    Full article at link (long but well worth the read):


    Thank you for all the work you did for the unidentified Frank, you had a truly amazing gift. You will be missed. Sleep peacefully.

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    Nov 2008
    western PA, USA
    Rest in Peace, Frank. I'd like to think he has now met those he helped identify up in Heaven.
    <-- Watched one too many Hanna-Barbera "teenage detective" cartoons as a kid.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2008
    I've been a great admirer of Mr. Bender's work for quite a while. I often wondered what it would be like to study under him.

    He will certainly be greatly missed, I don't think there was any way to thank him enough for all that he discovered he could do and assisted with. One of the truly great people.

    Unless I have included a link, it is my opinion and only my opinion that I am expressing.

  4. #4
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    Jan 2011
    NYC transplant to rural PA
    He will be missed. I just heard the news on Twitter myself and posted it in the Up To The Minute thread, before I saw this. Such a loss.

  5. #5
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    Mar 2008
    North Carolina
    May he rest in peace....

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    Feb 2009
    He served the missing well.

    There are a number of links here to articles on the cases he worked on:http://frankbender.squarespace.com/links/

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    Jan 2009
    A great loss.

    RIP Frank.
    "Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment."~ Dot Parker

  8. #8
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    Aug 2008
    On Battleship Hill
    RIP Mr Bender. You were instrumental in the capture of John List
    England's dancing days are done...

  9. #9
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    Oct 2010
    Northern Ireland
    R.I.P Mr Bender.

  10. #10
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    Jun 2007
    Farewell to a healing artist.


    Although I can't find a link this was in our Daily News today.

    Services for Frank Bender, internationally known forensic sculptor who died July 28, will be at 1 pm Aug. 9 at the National Cemetery in Washington Crossing. Donations may be made for the benefit of veterans and their families through USA.org.

    God speed Mr. Bender. RIP

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    May 2011
    He was a very gifted man and used his gift to help so many. My you rest in peace.
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ

    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us

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