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Michael 5260 for Jack
Re: K
Thu May 3, 2018 09:44
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The "k" that has the right side of the letter appearing as a numeral "3" does not appear in Hauptmann's request writing. The "x" that looks like two small "e's" written back to back is not present in his request writings either.

We find the unique "x" in Hauptmann's license and registration documents. The "x" is also found in his address notebook. These writings took place before Hauptmann was arrested. There is no possible police chicanery involved with these writings.

The small "x" is unique because it isn't an American, German, or Latin Script letter form. This is what gives it individuality. Hauptmann either learned to write the "x" incorrectly when he was learning to write in Germany, and was not corrected by his teacher, or it evolved over time once Hauptmann left school and began to use his handwriting for everyday purposes. It does have strong evidential value.

Back to the "k's." It would not be prudent to eliminate Hauptmann as the writer of the Lindbergh ransom notes based on one different letter form, the small "k's." Not when you have fifty other letter forms, capitals and small letters, in initial, medial, and terminal positions found in different words. Basing an identification or elimination on one letter form would be like throwing the baby out with the bath water.

There are many particulars to observe and study when it comes to a handwriting identification. Here are some of them.

Form
System
Movement
Muscular habits
Skill
Instrument
Pen position
Line quality
Shading
Retrace
Straight lines
Curves
Angles
Proportion
Averages and deviations
Connections
Spacing
Terminals
Slant
Alignment
Punctuation
Embellishment
Trademarks

Naturally, not all of these details would apply to every handwriting case. It does show that handwriting identification is much more than just staring at the handwriting and then stating an offhand conclusion like some crime writers favor.


  • KJack, Wed May 2 19:24
    I disagree. That capital "K" is very distinctive and would stand out like a sore thumb in anyone's normal writings - and was not in BRH's.
    • Re: K — Michael 5260 for Jack, Thu May 3 09:44
      • Re: KJoe, Thu May 3 19:40
        I wouldn't want to even hazard a guess as to the odds of Hauptmann not having written the ransom notes. He clearly demonstrated his "double e" "x's" were specific to that period and it would not... more
        • AgreeJack, Sat May 5 04:53
          I agree w/Joe. While Richard was thinking about it, i.e. had time to write the notes, he was probably devising some form of trickery for his writing. Why wouldn't he? But the basic writing, in spite... more
          • Re: AgreeJoe for Jack, Sat May 5 11:49
            I might have missed it Jack, but what was your proof? I have a lot of my own thoughts that tell me the same thing.
            • CAL innocentJack, Sun May 6 22:04
              Well, Joe - I've gone by what Ronelle commented when I posted mine, "why didn't anyone think of this before?" I know you said that if Charles would have known what was in the note he would never have ... more
              • Re: CAL innocentAnonymous, Mon May 7 03:48
                Oops, if CAL would have known what was in the note, I believe you said he would have opened it and then not called the police. Sorry, my FP. If Charles would have known Charlie was dead he could have ... more
                • Re: CAL innocentJoe for Jack, Tue May 8 14:18
                  Yes, my point was that if Lindbergh had set this up as a fake kidnapping, and of course known the envelope on the windowsill was part of the staging, he would have opened it right away and not... more
                • Re: CAL innocentAnonymous, Mon May 7 03:49
                  Above was from Jack. Maybe I'll be Jack Anonymous.
              • TLCJack, Sun May 6 22:28
                In reality though, all side talk aside, I solved The Lindbergh Crime because I knocked out the biggest obstacle to Hauptmann's doing it alone, and there's nobody else to blame.
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