Joe for Michael 5260
Re: Seeing
Tue Jun 4, 2019 11:14

Okay, the "x" is a bit of a rougher variation of the one seen in the ransom notes and duplicated by Hauptmann on his license application. I think it's actually more like a script large "S" and a small "e." And yes, the "p" substituted for "b." What's next?

  • SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Mon Jun 3 09:53
    Joe, if you are game I have a small handwriting exercise I think you will enjoy. We begin. On the enclosure that was sent to Colonel Breckinridge (March 7), line 2 and 3, we find written: "We sent... more
    • Re: Seeing — Joe for Michael 5260, Tue Jun 4 11:14
      • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Tue Jun 4 14:03
        Okay. In the Lindbergh ransom notes there are other examples of the distinctive small "x" that is found in the word "pox." expected exspectet explan extra exspenses You may have to make some... more
        • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Wed Jun 5 14:21
          Michael, I've been through the examination of the "x" via the various handwriting comparisons. I have no issues identifying those found in the ransom notes to be a match to the degree of variation... more
          • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Thu Jun 6 11:01
            I'm glad you took the time to study the unique "x's" Joe. If you can draw this peculiar "x" from memory, anywhere and anytime, you definitely have a handle on this unusual letter form. Hauptmann's... more
            • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Fri Jun 7 08:04
              Good point that "robbery" and "perhaps" don't appear in the series of ransom notes, and yet get butchered in the request writings. Police would have had no reason to tell Hauptmann to misspell these... more
              • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Fri Jun 7 15:43
                Joe, keep Hauptmann's "p"/"b" handwriting conflict in mind. It's an identifying characteristic that will come into play later on. Here is another handwriting feature that is significant. Hauptmann... more
                • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jun 9 09:05
                  All duly noted Michael. I've always found it interesting how Hauptmann really turned on those crossed "t's", not missing one in his mercy letters to Governor Hoffman, right on the heels of all those... more
                  • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jun 9 17:33
                    Hauptmann certainly did crank out the t-bars after his trial. You can see him double-crossing his t's using the American method and the German method at the same time! It proves he was paying... more
                    • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jun 9 21:26
                      From his California trip memo book entry for July 13, 1931, that is an excellent find, Michael. I've seen that strange looking word before and although I wasn't sure, I thought perhaps he was writing ... more
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