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Paula Jones isn't the first person who got a makeover to help her court case, but hers was the most drastic. Until now.

Mouths hung open across Central Florida as Rod Ferrell, alleged vampire and confirmed killer, recently walked into a Lake County courtroom looking more like Emily Dickinson than a model for GQ (Gothic Quarterly).

Indeed Rod's new look was as much of a shock as his guilty plea in the 1996 deaths of a Eustis couple. The kid is just full of surprises, but not so full that we can't dissect his legal team's strategic shape-shifting.

HAIR

HAIR

Before: Free-flowing black strands recalled Cher and was not likely to sit well with provincial Lake County jurors. Could call to mind her bad Brooklyn-Italian accent in "Moonstruck" and make them angry.

After: Even in extensive prison black market, Clairol "Castings" temporary hair dye is just impossible to find in black. The savvy Nosferatu opts instead for tasteful auburn shorty bob.

CLOTHING

CLOTHING

Before: Jail jumpsuit the color of OJ (as in juice) makes people want to convict something.

After: "Cosby"-like sweaters project a much more soothing image. Makes you think "pudding," not "double homicide."

TONGUE

TONGUE

Before: On TV, he could be seen flapping it every which way. But be honest: isn't this the last guy you want tongue from?

After: Kept in, tasteful, like the Queen of England.

GLASSES

GLASSES

Before: Servant of the Dark cares not for Lenscrafters.

After: Ultimate harmless nerd accessory curries favor. You wouldn't hit a man with glasses, would you?


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