Handwriting sleuths

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Nifty little piece on Slate last week about forensic handwriting apparently, handwriting experts have been asked to help determine the authenticity of a postcard that was supposedly written by Linda Sohus after her 1985 disappearance. According to the article, those experts will examine:

Twenty-one distinguishing characteristics. According to one standard textbook, that’s the number of handwriting elements that may reliably help distinguish a person’s writing. These include the dimensions and proportions of the letters, the spacing both between and within words, and the way in which words and letters are connected. (In the cursive word cat, for example, does the pen line go all the way around the circular part of the a before doubling back to complete the loop?)

Of course it’s not the only intriguing aspect of the case, but I’m still curious to see what they say…

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