Michael 5260 for Joe
Wed May 29, 2019 13:28

Joe, I thought I would begin a new post about the 3-7154 telephone number.

In order to accurately interpret the telephone number there are a few things a person needs to know.

There is such a thing as the "tremor of fraud." It is caused by the realization of the fact that forgery is a criminal act, the fear of discovery, and the painful anxiety to do the work well, all combine to bring about a mental and muscular condition in the writer that make it very difficult, if not impossible, to do the work in a skillful manner. I do not believe for a moment that Henry Paynter was an exception to the rule. Unless he was a robot.

There are other causes of tremor:

Feebleness of aging.
Medication, drugs, alcohol.
Fear, stress, and emotional trauma.
The illiterate and unskilled writer.

There is no reason to think that Henry Paynter was laboring under any of these handicaps. Also, he was a news reporter not a professional forger. Professional forgers, the few that are reasonably good at it, target banks and financial institutions because that's where the money is. They are interested in money. They are not interested in writing telephone numbers on closet trim boards.

Another factor to consider are the writing conditions:

Body Position- there is usually a difference when writing standing up, or leaning against a wall, compared to a normal writing position such as sitting at a desk. Writing while lying in bed, such as signing a will when one is in poor health (this happens more often than you would think) is significantly different from writing in a normal position.

Writing Surface- the writing surface on which the writing material rests affects the appearance and the outcome of the writing. Writing on rough surfaces such as cement or cloth results in an unnatural appearance compared to the same writing on a smooth surface. This could lead to an erroneous conclusion in the examination of a questioned document. Rough-surfaced writing, for example, may erroneously appear to have a ribbon effect, tremor, pen-lifts, or hesitation and unsteadiness.

This brings us to the trim board and 3-7154.

The placement of the writing on the trim board indicates that Hauptmann was not in a normal writing position. You can measure the length of the trim board and note where the writing appears and it proves that Hauptmann was either standing up or in a semi-crouched position during the writing process.

The surface underneath the 3-7154 telephone number is a corrugated surface. This was caused by the paint brush bristles when the trim board was painted. The alternate ridges and grooves are readily seen with a stereoscopic microscope and you can feel the ridges and grooves with your fingernail when you scratch the surface.

The erroneous claim that the "7", "4", and that the whole 3-7154 telephone number were written with an unsteady hand and that it is absolute proof of forgery is garbage. The pencil point was hitting, skipping, dropping into, the ridges and grooves of the corrugated surface, you can see it, and it therefore had an effect on the appearance of the numbers.

Did Edward Oehler think about or observe any of these things? No.

    • Re: TremorJoe for Michael and Michael 5260, Sat Jun 1 10:05
      Okay guys, why don't we all take a look at the contemporaneous high resolution photo that Michael is talking about? That way everyone can see what is being claimed. No mysteries, no second guessing.. ... more
      • Re: TremorMichael 5260 for Joe, Sat Jun 1 13:10
        I examined the trim board writing with a stereoscopic microscope under florescent light, incandescent light, and LED side lighting. The writing was photographed with a 35mm camera using slow speed... more
        • Re: TremorMichael for Script, Sat Jun 1 14:36
          What was the point of xeroxing the trim if you have all of these photographs? Concerning the photographs - what magnification was used if any? Did you find the "S" "e" and "k" in "Sedgwick" to match... more
      • Re: TremorMichael For Joe, Sat Jun 1 11:57
        He may not have one Joe. It just seemed to me that by the specifics in his posts that he's examining something. I know from research that preliminary findings can be made without them but rock solid... more
        • Re: TremorJoe for Michael, Sat Jun 1 12:29
          Do you have one Michael, and if so can you post it? I do agree with you that more information is better, until that information can further be substantiated or refuted. I may be wrong but I believe... more
          • Re: TremorMichael For Joe, Sat Jun 1 12:53
            I don't have one. After I looked at it I remember commenting to Mark that the earlier pictures were better. I think this piece more than anything else was the most handled over the years and its led... more
            • Re: TremorJoe for Two Michaels, Sat Jun 1 15:16
              Okay, here's the best one I've got. I believe it's an FBI composite photo and shows the closet that the trim came out of. I've always felt the "k" in "Sedgewick" comes about as close to the the way... more
              • Re: TremorMichael, Sat Jun 1 16:31
                That's the NJSP evidence photo. The earliest was made in NY but this is still better than what currently exists as written on the actual trim now. I remember how I could hardly see "Decatur" except... more
                • Re: TremorJoe for Michael, Sun Jun 2 10:08
                  What I find most interesting is the timing of that "k" in the closet in relation to the period involving the writing of the ransom notes. It's a trademark of the ransom notes, and perhaps in the mind ... more
                  • Re: TremorMichael For Joe, Sun Jun 2 12:36
                    I cannot say about the hesitation in "Sedgwick" other than to agree (!!!) I don't see it in either that strange "S" or the "k." I do see it in the Phone Numbers but NOT in the address. I guess we... more
    • Re: TremorMichael For Michael 5260 (a.k.a. Script), Thu May 30 08:59
      A lot of what you wrote above about causes of "tremor" is informative. What you left out is that hesitation can be caused by someone trying to imitate but unsure of his ability to do so (this is much ... more
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