There is a Pensacola connection to the latest episode of the Stormy Daniels-Donald Trump saga.
Yesterday, porn star Stormy Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, released a sketch of the man Daniels says threatened her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.
The artist who drew the sketch was Lois Gibson, a Houston-based forensic artist who has helped law enforcement identify 751 criminals and secure more than 1,000 convictions. Gibson holds “The World’s Most Successful Forensic Artist” title from The Guinness Book of World Records.
Gibson was involved in a story we did about the authenticity of photograph believed to be of Mississippi Blues legend Robert Johnson sitting in a bar in Pensacola
I interviewed Gibson in December 2015 about her research of the photograph found by local attorney Don Roark in a “Gov. Winthrop” slant top desk that he purchased at Garth’s Antiques. Gibson examined the photograph and believed it was Johnson.
Bruce Conforth later disputed Gibson’s finding. He is a professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, founding curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a member of the executive board of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation.
He told Inweekly, “We could probably sit down with a couple of thousand photographs of African-American men of the age of about anywhere from 21 to 26, and we could probably find a couple of them that resembled Robert Johnson. That doesn’t make them Robert Johnson.”
Roark stood by Gibson’s analysis.