Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: See (Double Addendum)
Sun Jun 16, 2019 13:49
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There are nineteen examples of double "t's" used in words found in the ransom notes.

letters
settle
better
latter
letter
letter
letter
letter
letter
latter
get
letter
latter
letter
letter
gett
let
get
letter

Not one pair of the double "t's" have crossbars on them. Neither American or German style.

In the request writing specimens S-72, S-73, S-74, S-75, S-76, S-77, S-78, S-79, S-97, and S-98 there are twenty-two examples of double "t's" used in words.

latter
letters
letters
letters
latter
letters
letters
letters
letter
letter
letter
letter
letter
latter
letter
letters
letters
letters
Gahatt
Gahatt
Gehatt
Geehatt

Out of the twenty-two examples of handwritten double "t's" in the request writings there is only one example of a crossed "t" in specimen S-73 appearing in the word "letters." When it is compared to the word "pox" in Hauptmann's notebook it is found only one "t" (the second one) has a crossbar on it and the writing structure is dissimilar to what is found in the notebook.

So, in aggregate there are forty double "t" letter combinations written by Hauptmann and only one combination has one of the "t's" with a crossbar on it. This shows us that crossing "t's" or double "t's" was not a fixed writing habit with Hauptmann. The examiners knew this about the writer of the ransom notes in 1932.

The entry in Hauptmann's notebook is in English, unless the goal post to this questioned entry has been moved without me knowing it. Therefore the definitive answer to the problem is to find an example of Hauptmann writing the word "pott",( Old English or Old German spelling) within a similar writing context. Then I will genuflect to the idea that the word is "pott" not "pox."

I think I will be waiting for this to happen like I have been waiting on Robert Bryan to answer the letter I wrote to him years ago.


  • Re: See (Double Addendum)Joe for the Michaels, Sun Jun 16 09:39
    Reflecting back to my original point about the cost of this entry, "Po-- Soap" in Hauptmann's memo book, and considering his exemplified letter "t" and "x" formations, I think I would have to agree... more
    • Re: See (Double Addendum) — Michael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jun 16 13:49
      • Re: See (Double Addendum)Michael For Script, Tue Jun 18 09:33
        No smoke & mirrors necessary. I believe I've got you "figured out" Script. What you are doing is called Analysis Paralysis . Instead of reviewing each and every letter on its own, you instead try to... more
      • Re: See (Double Addendum)Joe for Michael 5260, Mon Jun 17 15:19
        That word in his memo book looks to me as though it's spelled with the German style double crossed "t." I believe the formal version of that crossing is a bit lower on the "t" stems, but it's what... more
        • Re: See (Double Addendum)Michael 5260 for Joe, Tue Jun 18 14:25
          Joe, notice how the words "Essen" and "Boad" are not supported by any other words with them to tell a person exactly what Hauptmann was writing about. As you mentioned, "Essen" means to eat or dine.... more
          • Case ClosedJoe for Michael 5260, Wed Jun 19 09:50
            Michael, please examine this example of what is clearly a crossed double "t" in Hauptmann's memo book to compare with the last two letters in "Po--". https://ibb.co/0BZL99C The entry "Eintritt" which ... more
            • Re: Case ClosedMichael 5260 for Joe, Wed Jun 19 15:18
              An excellent finding Joe. I agree that the two final "t's" in the word Eintritt have the classical German style t-bars. The same word, Eintritt, on the same page without the t-bars does also show... more
              • Re: Case ClosedJoe for Michael 5260, Fri Jun 21 09:15
                Sure Michael, I'll take a look at the word "Boad" but you may be preaching to the long-converted here. Why don't you start a new thread and address it to the Board?
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