Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: The Henry Paynter Story
Mon May 27, 2019 13:01

I went looking for information about Edward Oehler. I didn't find anything. I may have to see if something was published in a pulp True Detective magazine where the word "true" is dubious.

I did come across an article in The Pittsburg Press, January 14, 1935 about a handwriting expert named Maurice A. Nernberg. He was an examiner for the government but the article didn't explain if he worked for the city, county, state, or federal government.

Here are a few things Nernberg had to say in the article.

"It is my unqualified opinion that Hauptmann is the author of the ransom notes."

"Richard Hauptmann has taken up a pen and a basketful of "I's" and "T's" and sewn his own winding sheet."

"Pointing to a 1,000-page manual on a shelf, written by Mr. Osborn, Mr. Nernberg said: "No handwriting expert could qualify as such without studying first Mr. Osborn's book."

You can usually find Albert S. Osborn's book "Questioned Documents" in local law libraries so lawyers can reference it. A person does not have to read the whole book. Chapter 22, Anonymous Letters, pages 389-420, have just about all a person needs to know in order to intelligently understand the Lindbergh ransom notes and Hauptmann's known genuine handwriting.

  • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael 5260, Mon May 27 08:09
    Not sure, but I think you're referring to Edward Oehler. The latest reference to his comparison is in Dark Corners, Volume 2. You can find the relevant pages if you Google "Edward Oehler Lindbergh."... more
    • Re: The Henry Paynter Story — Michael 5260 for Joe, Mon May 27 13:01
      • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael 5260, Tue May 28 07:49
        Michael, is there enough sample writing on the closet trim to determine whether or not Hauptmann was the author?
        • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael 5260 for Joe, Tue May 28 10:37
          We can see that if Henry Paynter wanted to write the 3-7154 telephone number as an imitation of Hauptmann's numerals, a convincing imitation, he did not have enough numbers to use as models from... more
          • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael 5260, Tue May 28 14:18
            I would agree with your findings Michael, as I've previously compared these individual numbers from my copies of Hauptmann's memorandum books and California trip log. And it's really quite... more
            • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael For Joe, Wed May 29 08:46
              Joe: Could you ask Script to post/upload a copy of the high-resolution picture(s) he must have taken of the actual molding which he then used to draw his conclusions? Also ask under what... more
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