Forensic Handwriting Identification

Forensic Handwriting Identification : Fundamental Concepts and Principles

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Handwriting and hand-printing analysis is applied to many types of investigation: fraud, homicide, suicide, drug trafficking and clandestine labs, sexual offences, threats and extortion, blackmail, arson, bombings, and theft. This text covers the major principles involved in handwriting and hand-printing analysis. Lawyers and investigators will learn about interpreting an examiner's report; the significance of various handwriting opinions; and the influencing factors which must be considered. Naturally, students of document examination can gain much from such a practical, yet rigorously scientific, treatment of the subject. It shows investigators how to obtain handwriting specimens and evidence. It provides model specimen handwriting forms. It covers best practices for properly identifying, collecting, understanding,and examining evidence.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 197.1 x 253.2 x 22.9mm | 766.38g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0125076401
  • 9780125076401

Table of contents

Foreword Acknowledgements About the Author About the Contributing Author Introduction Guide to Use 1. The Physiology of Writing 2. Handwriting Systems 3. Class Characteristics 4. Individuality and Individual Characteristics 5. Features of Writing 6. Qualities of Writing 7. Line Quality 8. Relative Speed of Writing 9. Ratios-Relative Relationships 10. Beginning, Connecting and Ending Strokes 11. Writing Instruments and Their Influence 12. Some General Observations about Handwriting Identification 13. The Process of Comparison 14. Abnormal/Disguised Writing 15. Obtaining Handwriting Samples 16. Who Do I Send this Case To? 17. Submitting a Questioned Document Case to the Laboratory 18. What Does the Examiner's Report Say? Author Index Subject Index
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"The first chapters deal comprehensively with the physiology of handwriting, handwriting systems and the differences between class and individual characteristics. The following chapters then fully explain the definitions of the main features of handwriting including line quality, speed of writing and ratios. The main principles of handwriting and handwriting identification are then clearly and concisely explained followed by the actual process of carrying out a handwriting comparison. The final chapters are aimed more at the investigating officer in that they deal with the collection of handwriting samples... The book succeeds in its aim of providing a review of the main concepts and principles of handwriting identification. It is well illustrated with good clear diagrams and photographs. It also contains up to date references ... a worthwhile addition to any forensic document examiner's library and of particular value to anyone entering the field of handwriting identification." --Louise Floate, SCIENCE & JUSTICE
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