Handwriting is forensically unique and just a few details from handwriting samples can be compelling evidence in a courtroom or business setting.  Find out how to regain peace of mind when you or your client has been made a victim or when you need help with a situation involving questionable handwriting or altered documents.

My Forensic Specialties:

Analyze Documents, including:

  • altered documents, counterfeited or falsified documents
  • copy machine images
  • erasures or obliterated writing
  • ink analysis to determine when an entry was made
  • indented images made from an impression on a previous page
  • pages that have been inserted or replaced into a file
  • falsified entries

Analyze Handwriting, such as:

  • cursive or printed writing
  • disguised handwriting
  • handwritten numbers

Analyze Anonymous Notes

Examine Memorabilia, including:

  • sports items
  • historical artifacts
  • works of art

Examine Defamatory Graffiti on any surface

My Professional Services:

Expert and rebuttal witness
Written reports
Illustrations and demonstration of evidence to show proof
Evidence evaluation
(to determine the merit of a claim or case)

Case Stories:

Did the Unabomber ever live in Portland?

Anne Hughes remembers his perpetual smile “A little mischievous,” is how she describes it.  Beth Simer, an Anne Hughes Coffee Room regular, also recalls the smile.  At first glance it was friendly, but on second, it was more knowing or mocking, she says, “Like he was savoring a private joke.”

Maybe he was savoring a private joke on all of us.  Read the whole story here.

Baseball Trading Card:  the Buy of a Lifetime?

A gentleman purchased a dusty shoe box of old postcards at a local garage sale. To his surprise, he discovered what he believed could be the Holy Grail of baseball card collecting: a genuine T-206 Honus Wagner (aka the Pittsburg Pirates’ The Flying Dutchman) from 1909.

He researched the item on the Internet and discovered that another genuine T-206 Wagner sold to a collector for $2.8 million. It is estimated that only between 50 and 200 were ever distributed to the public at the time.

Could he possibly have found one?  Read and find out…

Signature Forgery: An Uncommon Amalgamated Methodology Fails

I was chosen as a presenter in the Poster Session at the second annual World Congress of Forensics (WCF) conference in Chongqing, China. The WCF conference, “Science, Justice, and Peace,” was held Oct. 15-18, 2011, and provided insight into the current status of forensic science and future applications in forensic investigation and analysis. Dr. Henry C. Lee, founder of the Henry Lee Institute of Forensic Science in New Haven, Connecticut, was the chairman and a keynote speaker at the conference. See the forgery here.

Titanic Memorabilia:  Genuine or Fake?

The Oregon Historical Society asked me to help with an inquiry from a man who is a longtime personal collector of ocean liner memorabilia.

His collector’s item was a medium-sized travel agent’s wall calendar advertising the White Star Line, the parent company of the Titanic.  He purchased the item in an online auction believing it to be a one-of-a-kind treasure.   Read more…

Need a Speaker?

If you need a speaker for your event, including lunch or dinner meetings, I can provide a custom presentation during which I will illustrate how handwriting can be used to identify a person involved in legal disputes, how people try to forge and alter written documents for their own purposes, as well as how to protect one’s self from becoming a victim of forgery.

If you have an idea of your own for a topic, let’s talk about it. Otherwise, please choose from one of the following:

  • Protect your Signature to Prevent Identity Theft: Learn practical tips while examining your own signature
  • How Your Handwriting Identifies You: What features a forensic document examiner looks for
  • Discover “Who Done It” by Finding Out “Who Wrote It”
  • Actual stories from my case file
    • False confession note revealing a crime
    • Horses stolen with a falsified title
    • Grandpa’s estate stolen with a forged will signature
    • Swindling a widow: a case of elder abuse
    • Identifying the mistress in a nasty divorce
    • Tonya Harding and the Dumpster note
    • The Unabomber’s handwriting

My fees are negotiable depending on the location of the event, size of the audience, etc.  Please call me (503-227-3411) to discuss your budget and to make arrangements.

Although the topic of crime is very serious, these presentations are intended to be entertaining and an informative introduction to what many find to be the fascinating profession of forensic document examination.

If You Need Content for your Newsletter:

I am happy to provide an article for your organization’s newsletter covering one of my speaker topics, including illustrations and examples.  Call (503-227-3411) or email me (info@jjhandwriting.com) to discuss the details.