Document / Handwriting Stories:
The following stories give the investigator an idea of what is possible if the right set of Document Examination conditions exist. Good, writing
samples are essential to properly investigate a questioned document case.
Anonymous wall writings had been found in a boys dormitory. "Die Niger die" was printed in bold print with a magic marker on a hallway wall opposite the door where two African American students resided. The college had handwriting samples of students who resided in the dorm or who had access to it. Mr. Jalbert was able to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, who printed the inflammatory message and was willing to testify to that opinion in court. Case closed.
The college bookstore claimed that a student had charged a considerable sum on her credit card for books. The student claimed that her card was stolen. Mr. Jalbert investigated and determined that the student was telling the truth, again, beyond a reasonable doubt. Case closed.
The Research Institute Vice President was concerned over who wrote an anonymous letter to her but had no exemplars for comparison. Was it possible to do a psychological profile from the writings? Mr. Jalbert was able to describe the writer so well from a psychological profile indicating her mannerisms, speech, and dress behavior that the Vice President knew who it was. Case Closed.
The University Vice President was concerned that a number of girls in the girl's dorm were getting sexually lewd printed messages slipped under their doors. Some of them appeared to be very threatening. Could Mr. Jalbert determine if this was a prank or if the writings were from a potentially dangerous person who would carry out the threats ? Could he also determine who the writer was if given a number of original writings from suspects? An examination of anonymous threatening notes indicated a very disturbed person wrote the notes. He was also a very real danger to others. Fortunately, there were a significant number of notebooks available for study and one notebook contained enough indicators to reach a "beyond a reasonable doubt" opinion. Case closed.
Office of Special Investigations (OSI):
A series of anonymous printed letters arrived in the Commander's Office. There were about 150 suspects but the personnel files did not reveal the identity of the writer, according to the OSI, who had their man look at them. Could Mr. Jalbert do a profile from the writing ? He did and concluded , with 70% certainty, that the writer was a short male who was into weight lifting and came from the South --- most likely Georgia. Ten years latter, while helping out at a local church to pack thanksgiving baskets for the poor, Mr. Jalbert ran into that same OSI agent who contacted him years ago. The agent said, "Hi Joe !" Joe did not recall the man. The man was retired now and was also helping out at the church. He related the story of the profile I had given and it matched exactly one person who they grilled. The person confessed and he was a young man from Georgia who was into weight lifting. Case closed.
Corporate 500 Company:
Anonymous letters were being sent to the new Director. Personnel called Mr. Jalbert. "Could you determine who the writer is ? This must all be confidential. No one must know that your are looking into this." They did not know where to start so Mr. Jalbert asked them to fax one of the derogatory anonymous letters to his laboratory to see if he could profile the writer. The faxed letter indicated that the person was very talented, most likely someone in the mechanical engineering, drafting or graphic artist field. That description was sufficient to visit personnel to review the files of about 200 people that met the profile. There were no matching identifiers in the files. The letters were very short. Most of the writing was pasted cut out letters from a magazine and some very limited printing. More anonymous messages, i.e. post cards, were sent every week for the next two months and with each message a new clue. A 100X microscopic examination of the glue used to paste the letters to a sheet revealed a red fiber, not visible to a 10X magnification. Mohair, twisted, India red dye, pointed to the possibility of it being a female. I asked that the next letter not be opened but placed in a sealed plastic envelop and be given to me. Handling the letter with gloves and opening it with a razor and extracting the letter with tweezers allowed me to dust the letter for prints. There was not one print on the letter. A sniffer test of the envelop indicated no trace of cologne or perfume. Mr. Jalbert was not allowed to question a list of suspects who fit the profile because this was confidential. The new Director was nervous and wanted to go to the State Police. My hands were tied if I could not proceed so I recommend they go to the State Police but cautioned them that confidentiality would be broken. The State Police took all the original documents I had and made an announcement to the employees. The guilty party will be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. One last letter was received stating that it was not the intent to lose one's job over this and that this would be the last letter. Things were getting too hot. That was the last letter. Case open, situation defused. Congratulations to the State Police who prevented the situation from escalating.
Corporate Headquarters Newspaper Conglomerate:
The corporate headquarters was thinking of promoting one of the editors of one of their subsidiary newspapers to a Vice President position in
corporate headquarters. Could Mr. Jalbert predict how that person would react in the new environment ? Mr. Jalbert was given a number of handwriting samples of candidates and the requirements of the new V.P.
position. All of the editors were very well qualified, but one had a brusque manner that would put off some of their clients. If they decided to promote that man they should also hire an assistant to take the edge
off in certain functions of the office. They should also use their Performance Base Interview process and psychological exams along with past records and handwriting analysis to reach a conclusion. Several years
later, it was found that handwriting analysis accurately revealed their successful candidate was performing as expected. They were satisfied with their decision.
Corporate Headquarters Insurance Company:
Several Insurance executives asked the handwriting analyst (hwa) ,"Here are 15 samples of handwriting. Can you determine who the best insurance
sales men will be?" We spend about $20,000 to train candidates and support them through the first year so it is important to pick the best ones." The hwa asked them to leave the samples for a few days and
he would get back to them. Several days later he called to ask the executive to drop by his office for a review of his findings. The hwa arranged the writing samples in three piles. The five in pile one were not
recommended. The five in pile two would do well with training. The file in pile three would be their best performers.
The executives were shocked to see that the hwa was 100% correct. You see, none of the writings were from candidates. They knew the outcomes. The five
selected to be dropped where in their program several years ago and had to be let go. They could not perform. The five selected to be retained in their training program were in a program now and were the top five in
the group. The remaining predicted top five performers had worked for the company for 15 years and were indeed their top five performers.
Some areas where handwriting analysis is applied:
Jury Selection, Dispute Resolution, Personnel Selection, Vocational Analysis Compatibility Analysis, Character / Personality Analysis,
Graphotherapeutics, Document Examination, Psychological Profile