Handwriting Evidence

Handwriting Evidence

by Michael Martin
     
 

By the time they are in high school, every person has developed their own pattern of handwriting. Even when people try to disguise their writing, skilled investigators called forensic document examiners can see through the disguise to identify the true writer. Learn how document examiners help solve forgeries, kidnappings, and even murders.

Overview

By the time they are in high school, every person has developed their own pattern of handwriting. Even when people try to disguise their writing, skilled investigators called forensic document examiners can see through the disguise to identify the true writer. Learn how document examiners help solve forgeries, kidnappings, and even murders.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Designed to "help below-level readers access text," the "Forensic Crime Solvers" series offers information about the analysis of various kinds of evidence to solve difficult crimes. Evidently the series editors believe future detectives and aspiring mystery writers among middle readers are avid to discover the methods used by forensic scientists. In this title young crime aficionados are introduced to the work of forensic document examiners who compare letter formation and patterns of handwriting using tools like magnifying glasses, microscopes, and a computer program called CEDAR-FOX. Several cases are described, beginning with a mysterious shooting in Wisconsin where analysis of printed notes left in a mailbox identified the shooter—it is unclear whether the accompanying photos are authentic or staged. More famous (and illustrated with period photographs) are the cases where a paper trail led to villains like Bruno Hauptmann, presumed kidnapper of the Lindbergh baby; the forger of the Hitler diaries; and "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz. Readers will discover that handwriting is very difficult to disguise, especially now that computers are on the job. For example, the Secret Service's program FISH can compare handwriting samples with 100,000 others. The text is simple and clear, photos abound, and a glossary and bibliography are provided. For middle readers who find crime fascinating (and may be considering a career in forensics), this series will add background to favorite police dramas and prove once more that crime does not pay—unless you are a forensic investigator!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736867887
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Forensic Crime Solvers Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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