Ruth Myers ABFHE WADE CGA is a Forensic Handwriting Analyst and is an renowned expert in her field. Among her many clients are Banks, Financial Institutions and the Crown Prosecution Service. Ruth has given expert testimony in Northern Ireland and England. A number of years ago I sent seven documents to Ms Myers and requested a comprehensive forensic handwriting analysis.
I suspected that all of the documents were written by the same person even though a number of different writers were identified. Four of the documents were handwritten originals and three were copies received following a FOI request. All of the documents were endorsed as genuine by senior civil servants. The following is from the resulting Forensic Handwriting Analysis Report.
'I initially examined the known documents 5-7 with one another. The handwriting on document 5 indicated a high degree of fluency having been executed with a fairly swift hand which I consider to be a characteristic of the writer. The handwriting on the documents 6-7 and construction of the characters was determined as far as was possible from the copies.
I compared the known handwriting on documents 5-7 with those in question on documents 1-4. When making my comparisons I studied the fine detail of the characters on question document 1, with known document 5, both originals, using low-power microscopy. I took into account the size, shape and internal proportions of each character, spacing, the number and order of strokes used to from the characters line direction and crossings. I further examined the relative proportions of different characters. Circle and loop formations diacritical markings such as i-dots and punctuation, initial and final strokes.
The handwriting on the questioned documents 1-3 indicate a slowly executed deliberate hand with a vertical slant, and it was most probable than an attempt was made to alter the construction of the characters. This alteration presents several obvious areas of dissimilarity, but certain individualistic habits indicate some similarities related principally to:
- 'A' - sharp formation at apex and position of crossing
- 'K' - similarity in buckle outline
- 'b' - lead in stroke and loop structure and continued straight connected stroke
- 'p' - downstroke of the p-stem starts at point higher than the buckle
- 't and d' height of both letters match
- 'o' has a final loop on the right side of oval
- 'I' touching loops on double 'I's
I found that there were some similarities on examination of the questioned documents when compared with the handwriting of the comparison documents, although the handwriting of the questioned documents appears to have been written in a somewhat laborious manner, in a probable attempt to alter the execution of the characters and reflected dissimilarities in letter construction, there were some innate writing habits that were adequately reflected.Based on the evidence before me and taking into consideration the time factor differences of the documents and the number of copy documents for comparison purposes in the opinion of this examiner I have concluded that it is highly probable that all the documents have been authored by the same hand'.
When I received the Forensic Report, I immediately brought it to the attention of the relevant authorities. The next part of this blog exposes another Forensic Report and the refusal of the authorities to investigate.