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Michael 5260 for Bob
Re: faulkner letter to gov. hoffman
Wed May 23, 2018 11:00
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Here is the information I was able to glean from the Faulkner letter.

The writer of the Faulkner letter is definitely not the writer of the Lindbergh ransom notes. When similar words, letter forms, connecting strokes, spacing between words, spacing between lines, left and right margins, punctuations, writing style, etc. are compared to the ransom notes it is apparent there are two different writers.

The J J Faulkner signature at the end of the letter is a forgery. There are many differences between this signature and the signature on the back deposit slip.

The bank deposit slip signature was published in the newspapers. This gave a writer a "model" signature which they could use to attempt their simulation. If the Faulkner signature had not been published Governor Hoffman would have received the letter without the J J Faulkner signature at the bottom because the public would not have known what the signature looked like.

The fundamental and usual defect in a forgery is the poor quality of line that is exemplified in the letter signature. There is too much attention being given to unimportant details and there is a slow, hesitating, and unnatural appearance that is shown in the signature. This becomes obvious when it is compared to the bank deposit signature. The signature on the deposit slip was written freely, spontaneously without undue attention to the writing process. This is why when the deposit slip is enlarged it remains smooth while the letter signature becomes jagged and decrepit in its appearance. When you find hesitation, corrugated writing lines, patching, reinforcing of letter forms, and any indications of a slow, careful drawing movement you can bet your boots you are observing a forged writing.

A principle of handwriting identification is that no one can assume the unconscious handwriting habits of another to successfully duplicate the intricate and inconspicuous features when attempting to simulate by freehand the writing of another person. This is why you will find writing elements included in a signature that should not be present in a genuine signature and elements excluded that should be present in a genuine signature.

Another principle is that an imitation or simulation of a writing intentionally will resemble in some manner the writing that is imitated. The letter signature resembles the "general appearance" of the bank deposit signature and that is about all it resembles. The writer gave attention to the conspicuous features of form only, and many other elements entering into the task received no attention whatsoever.

To successfully duplicate another person's signature a forger must be able to see the significant characteristics of another person and then must have the muscular skill necessary to reproduce them and at the same time eliminate all the characteristics of their own writing. Since this undertaking is extremely difficult the usual outcome is a slow and deliberate "drawing" not a natural writing. Developed, natural writing is an almost automatic act and follows the fixed grooves of habit, but as soon as too much attention is given to it, it becomes strained and unnatural.

There are no reliable handwriting characteristics that provide a way to determine age, gender, or handedness from a handwriting, but sometimes you can develop an idea of the sex of the writer by reading a communication "aloud". Some indications of gender are the purpose of the communication, the language, idioms, interjections, adjectives, and ejaculations used in the message. Men and women generally express themselves in a different manner.

I've read the Faulkner letter aloud quite a few times. It gives me the impression the writer was a female with some kind of a legal background.

  • faulkner letter to gov. hoffmanbob mills for michael and forum, Tue May 22 13:06
    Michael, please tell us more about the Faulkner letter to Gov. Hoffman. Thanks.
    • Re: faulkner letter to gov. hoffman — Michael 5260 for Bob, Wed May 23 11:00
      • questions about the faulkner letterbob mills for michael and forum, Thu May 24 10:52
        Thanks, Michael. I assumed it was a fake, because I don't believe that any person named "J.J. Faulkner" existed, at least not in connection with the LKC. Do you have an opinion as to what would have... more
        • new LKC show on TV next week!Richard Sloan, Fri May 25 11:42
          On May 31 at 9 pm, The Travel Channel's long-running program, "The Mysteries of the Museum," will present a one-hour episode on the Lindbergh kidnapping case. Harry Kazman, Mark Falzini, and I will... more
          • TV exposurebob mills for richard sloan, Fri May 25 18:53
            I'm sure you'll be a star, Richard. I remember doing a show on C-SPAN after appearing at Ford's Theater for a Lincoln assassination symposium back in 1998. Gives one a chance to reach out to the... more
        • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael 5260 for Bob, Thu May 24 14:21
          This Faulkner letter is one of the many letters sent to Governor Hoffman in order to persuade him to do something. The only inside dope the letter provided was that the writer was a dope. I first... more
          • was j.j. faulkner a real person?bob mills for michael and forum, Thu May 24 18:52
            Michael, excuse me. I never talked about an "assortment of cranks and psychotic people." I did say I thought the Faulkner letter to Hoffman was phony, because no such known existed (in connection... more
            • Re: was j.j. faulkner a real person?Michael 5260 for Bob, Thu May 24 20:03
              This is true. They never did find a J J Faulkner. We will never know who the person was that signed the bank deposit slip.
          • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael, Thu May 24 16:56
            Written like someone who hasn't read through most of the collection. So paint everything as originating from "Nut Cases" in order to justify not doing so, and to dissuade others as if they would be... more
            • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael 5260 for Michael, Thu May 24 19:57
              There were many investigative agencies that were involved in the LKC case. Should a person spend their time reviewing every single report that was written at the time? Looking for what? This doesn't... more
              • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael, Fri May 25 05:37
                Of course doing research is productive. Not doing it is evidence of what exactly? I mean, here you are saying you didn't know that Hartkorn made that conclusion. Why not? It's in the very collection... more
                • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael 5260 for Michael, Fri May 25 10:42
                  Is this some kind of a contest? The more times a person goes to the archives, the more times they stare at the various collections, the more valid their conclusions become? I know I've burned my fair ... more
                  • Re: questions about the faulkner letterMichael, Fri May 25 17:43
                    Certainly not a contest but if it were one you'd lose badly. And yet you dissuade research by throwing out labels like "garbage" and "nonsense" concerning Hoffman's Collection? It's unconscionable.... more
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