Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: The sound of crickets.
Mon Dec 31, 2018 13:20
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I do not know how Kennedy obtained Gus' opinion. I do know that Gus had been examining questioned documents for years for the government and in 1981 he went into private practice. Kennedy's book came out in 1995.

We have a couple of questions to consider:

Did Kennedy approach Robert Bryan about the handwriting?

Did Kennedy approach Gus Lesnevich about the handwriting?

According to Gus the documents that he examined were turned back over to Robert Bryan. That is what he told me and Gus suggested that I write to Robert Bryan about the matter, which I did.

Let's back up a bit Joe. It was Robert Bryan that submitted the documents to Gus in the first place. We need to know from where Bryan obtained the standards of comparison and what they are. They should be letters written in English, close in date to the ransom notes as possible, and provable that they are the known genuine handwritings of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. If they are not provable there is no sense in examining them.

I do have my suspicions about where the standards of comparison came from. They might have come from Anna Hauptmann. If so, they are not reliable. If she handed standards over to Bryan claiming they were "In Richard's handwriting", Bryan would have accepted them in good faith that they were Richard's handwriting. Why? Because Anna said so. After all, a client would never lie to their own attorney. Right? Wrong.

Then Bryan handed the standards over to Gus Lesnevich claiming they were "In Richard's handwriting" and Gus would have accepted them in good faith that they were Richard's handwriting. Why? Because Bryan said so based on what Anna Hauptmann told him.

When you are doing questioned document work in the legal arena you had better be wearing a flak jacket at all times. I'm not kidding.

I think Gus examined malignant standards of comparison. If my theory is correct the standards were not written by Hauptmann and it would therefore result in Gus concluding that Hauptmann was not the writer of the ransom notes. Gus didn't make a mistake. If the standards of comparison were written by someone other than Hauptmann the examination and comparison would naturally eliminate Hauptmann as the writer of the Lindbergh ransom notes.


  • Re: The sound of crickets.Joe for Michael 5260, Mon Dec 31 10:52
    In the absence of anything further, I'm left wondering a couple of things here. Firstly, how Kennedy could have claimed what he did in his book, ie. Gus Lesnevich determining that Hauptmann did not... more
    • Re: The sound of crickets. — Michael 5260 for Joe, Mon Dec 31 13:20
      • Re: The sound of crickets.Joe for Michael 5260, Mon Dec 31 17:49
        I understand the logic here Michael, but I also have to believe that unless he lived in a cave, Gus Lesnevich would have understood categorically that Hauptmann was the writer of the Lindbergh... more
        • Re: The sound of crickets.Michael 5260 for Joe, Wed Jan 2 12:11
          We only have Gus Lesnevich's professional opinion in the back of Kennedy's book. His detailed examination "findings" were not explained. Robert Bryan has the complete written report and the standards ... more
          • Re: The sound of crickets.Joe for Michael 5260, Fri Jan 4 13:18
            It's still an unusual situation the way I see it Michael, because I can't imagine any QDE who hasn't been living under a rock to not understand that it was Hauptmann who wrote each and every ransom... more
            • Re: The sound of crickets.Michael 5260 for Joe, Wed Jan 9 12:37
              I'm just as perplexed about it as you are Joe. This may be an itch we will never get to scratch. Kennedy also included Gunter Haas' contrary handwriting opinion in his book. Haas was a graphologist.... more
      • Re: The sound of crickets.Michael, Mon Dec 31 14:31
        I would expect two experts would be considered "equals." However, if one examined "less" material then I think that would start to upset that balance and question the equality between the two. So who ... more
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