Joe for Michael 5260
Re: Seeing
Wed Jun 5, 2019 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 found within Hauptmann's use of that form of "x."

Incidentally, Lloyd Gardner was quick to point out that a couple of other people (I think Uhlig was one of them) wrote their "x" in the same way. I'd be interested to know if that was the case on a more common basis within the German or European community. The fact that at least one of these people was within Hauptmann's immediate sphere of influence, tells me it was possibly a trait peculiar to that group, possibly having been "copied around."

Bottom line though.. the "x" in the ransom notes is all Hauptmann.

What's up with the "p" and "b" mixup on Hauptmann's part?

  • 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: Seeing — Joe for Michael 5260, Wed Jun 5 14:21
      • 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
                  • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Mon Jun 10 11:39
                    The first thing we have to determine about the "pox soap" entry is whether Hauptmann was writing in German, English, or a combination of both. We can see the second word is obviously "s-o-a-p" so... more
                    • Re: SeeingMichael For Joe, Tue Jun 11 09:45
                      You're right Joe. The word is "Pott Soap." That's a double "t" not an "x." Just look for yourself and ask why an "Expert" can't see what you are seeing. Also notice "Camp Milk" which is also in line... more
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