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Michael 5260 for Michael
Hauptmann v. Kloppenburg
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:56
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In order to gain an understanding of similarities and differences that will be found in all handwritings H&K are very good subjects to study. H&K have some shared commonalities:

Both were male.
Both were German immigrants.
Both first learned to read and write in Germany and then learned to read and write in English.
Both were carpenters.
They were close in age.
Both shared the same social life.
They were both under suspicion by the police.
Both had to submit handwriting specimens to the police.
They both wrote under the same writing conditions. In a police station while the writing was dictated to them.
They both wrote the same dictated "test paragraph" that was used to screen potential suspects.

The test paragraph begins with, "We were not near Smith Hall where the robbery took place between 6 and 12 by our time."

You can examine and compare H&K's specimens quite easily. One example(photocopy) of Hauptmann's and one example(photocopy) of Kloppenburg's will be sufficient. If you want to use more specimens that's even better.

Here is the material you will need:

A first generation photocopy of H&K's handwritten test paragraphs. One pass on the flat-bed photocopier is recommended. You can always enlarge the writings later if you want to.

A couple of sheets of heavyweight typing paper. A 24lb. weight paper is a good choice.

Scissors and a tube of Scotch Glue Stick or some other similar adhesive.

Draw and line from top to bottom on a sheet of the typing paper. Label "Hauptmann" on one side and "Kloppenburg" on the other side.

Now you can do a "cut and paste." Cut the words out of Hauptmann's specimen and cut the same words out of Kloppenburg's specimen. Glue all the words you cut from each specimen side-by-side on the typing paper. It's important to place the words in close juxtaposition to one another.

After you are done study your handwriting chart or charts carefully. You will find handwriting similarities between H&K. No surprise. You will also find handwriting differences between H&K. No surprise either.


There is another discovery to be made when you examine H&K's specimens. I don't want to influence you about it. I think you will find it on your own.


    • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael, Thu Aug 23 08:14
      But all things are not equal here. You see, you've laid out some "givens" below by which we are to proceed that I do not agree with. Hauptmann was definitely coached during his exemplars. Perhaps not ... more
      • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael 5260, Thu Aug 23 10:22
        What are the "givens" that you do not agree with? I do not know positively whether or not Hauptmann was coached when he was writing his exemplars. It is not wise to begin a handwriting examination... more
        • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael, Thu Aug 23 17:00
          The "givens" I disagree with: They were both under suspicion by the police. They both wrote under the same writing conditions. In a police station while the writing was dictated to them. Kloppenburg... more
          • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael 5260, Thu Aug 23 20:04
            Hauptmann and Kloppenburg were both in the same police station and both had the same test paragraph dictated to them. This isn't the same writing conditions? How so? If Kloppenburg wasn't under... more
            • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael, Fri Aug 24 08:31
              Once Kloppenburg got tired of writing did the Police whack him with a nightstick? No. But Hauptmann was. He was falling asleep and he'd get a knock on the ribs and told to write. It that a good... more
              • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael 5260, Fri Aug 24 11:44
                Hauptmann was told how to spell certain words. Where does this come from? Out of Hauptmann's own mouth. This is like believing Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander in self-defense. We are supposed to... more
                • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael, Fri Aug 24 12:36
                  I've been researching it for 18 years now. No one on the planet has logged more time at the Archives than I have with the exception of Mark Falzini. My files on the handwriting are enormous and I am... more
                  • Re: Hauptmann v. KloppenburgMichael 5260, Fri Aug 24 15:32
                    If you have enormous files on the handwriting you should have reached a solid conclusion about Hauptmann's handwriting. You have been looking at this junk for 18 years and you still do not have a... more
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