Linda Spencer, MS, CGA
All About Handwriting
|Posted on April 16, 2015 at 10:17 AM||comments (27)|
Have you seen the handwriting samples of Robert Durst that are being used in his upcoming court case?
Not only are the murder cases for which he is charged controversial but the use of handwriting as evidence is also controversial. You can be sure the defense will do their best to discredit the use of the handwriting samples. I have attached a link at the bottom of this blog to a LA Times article in which the samples of the suspect handwritings are shown. You can exam them for yourself to decide how they may fit in as evidence in this case.
Below are additional handwritings showing the questioned envelop sample and the known handwriting of Robert Durst. You can see many similarities in these handwritings.
There are many times throughout history where handwriting played an important part in an investigation and trial. Did you know that handwriting helped in the conviction of Al Capone? His bookkeeper kept all the receipts from a front business owned by Mr. Capone, a cafe in Chicago. The Federal Government found a receipt that a handwriting expert testified was signed by Al Capone and he was charged and convicted of fraud.
There are times when a handwritten piece of paper is the only evidence left behind in a crime. For example, was this suicide note written by the deceased?
Who wrote the long rambling note left behind in the Ramsey case?
There are countless other handwritten ransom and threat notes used in criminal as well as civil cases throughout history.
I welcome your comments and questions.