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- Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (Feb. 12 2007)
- Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000RRDBBG
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Sex, Lies, and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting Kindle Edition
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“Dig out all those old birthday and holiday cards and love notes you’ve been hoarding over the years. You may just learn something new—and shocking—about the person who penned them.”
—Charleston Post and Courier --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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At division headquarters, Commander Freeman had a stack of old case files involving handwriting piled on his desk. For hours, he showed me suicide notes, confessions, threatening letters, and other writing, and asked me questions like: "Is this person male or female? How old? Is the writer violent? Suicidal? Honest or dishonest? Straight or gay? Sane or insane? Smart or stupid? Healthy or sick? Go-getter or lazy bum?" After every answer, he smiled. Although he never said so, this was a test.
I must have passed, because a few days later, I got my first assignment: To profile an UNSUB (police lingo for unidentified subject) from a bank robbery note.
"This is a stick up," the note said. "Put $50's, $20's, $10's in bag."
After scanning the note for a few minutes, I turned to the detective in charge of the case. "You're not gonna find this guy's prints in your files, because he probably never committed a crime before. He's not a hardcore criminal. Under normal circumstances, he'd never rob a bank. But he's feeling really desperate." The detective nodded his head politely, but I could tell that he was skeptical.
A few days later, the bank robber was in police custody. As I had predicted, he was not a hardened criminal. In fact, he had no previous arrest record. He was a 52-year-old bus driver who tearfully confessed that he needed money to pay for his son's liver transplant. "Without the operation my son will die," he said.
One day, a woman walking her dog on Aylesboro Avenue in Pittsburgh found a mysterious note on the sidewalk. Printed in purple crayon were the words: Ples rascu me. Thinking it could be a desperate plea for help, the woman brought the note to a police station.
The detectives wondered if the note was a hoax. It appeared to be the writing of a child, but was it? And did the writer really need to be rescued?
"It's not the writing of an adult pretending to be a child," I told the lead detective. "It was written by a girl between the ages of five and seven. And I see absolutely no signs of stress or danger in the handwriting, so the writer is definitely not a kidnap victim." Then I added, "It's signed Kealsey."
But who was Kealsey? And why did Kealsey write the note? We turned to the news media, hoping that someone might recognize the handwriting, or something in the note, that could help us unravel the mystery.
That night when I turned on the six o'clock news, a reporter was interviewing another handwriting analyst who proclaimed that he could tell from the handwriting that the note's author was in "grave danger."
"What if I'm wrong?" I thought.
The next morning, a man and his daughter walked into the police station. They had seen a photograph of the note in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 6-year-old daughter, Kealsey, timidly stated that she had written the message to her teddy bear. Her father explained that Kealsey often played detective with her teddy. Somehow the note must have blown out the window and landed on the sidewalk.
Copyright © 2006 by Michelle Dresbold and James Kwalwasser --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Top international reviews
She goes on to analyse the handwriting of 'Jack the Ripper' and puts forward her own theory of his identity based on the handwriting.
I was right. It strikes just the right note to make it both very readable and very informative.
I ventured into understanding handwriting via this book and I think in retrospect I seem to have made a right decision. Description of famous personalities based on their writing is easy to understand given they are "Famous" and we know about them.
However, anyone reading the book should keep in mind the book has been written from the perspective of criminals and thus goes to extreme so when you choose to implement whatever your read should be done with a pinch of salt as people you are reading about are grave criminals and people you are judging are normal people so don't brand anyone a criminal too soon.