Forensic Handwriting Identification

Forensic Handwriting Identification

Fundamental Concepts and Principles

2nd Edition - November 10, 2020

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  • Author: Ron Morris
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104204
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124096028

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Forensic Handwriting Identification: Fundamental Concepts and Principles teaches the law enforcement and legal communities the major principles involved in handwriting and hand-printing analysis as applied to many types of investigations, including fraud, homicide, suicide, drug trafficking/clandestine labs, sexual offenses, threats and extortion, blackmail, arson, bombings, and theft. Lawyers and investigators will learn how to interpret an examiner’s report, the significance of various handwriting opinions and the influencing factors which must be considered.

Key Features

  • Reviews basic concepts that affect a person’s writing, demonstrates how to obtain handwriting specimens and evidence, and provides the appropriate ASTM and SWIGDOC standards and procedures
  • Ideally suited for forensic science and legal professionals, investigators working with document examiners, and law enforcement students and professionals
  • Includes model specimen handwriting forms


Forensic and legal professionals, investigators working with document examiners, law enforcement students and professionals

Table of Contents

  • 1. Physiology of Writing
    2. Handwriting Systems
    3. Class Characteristics
    4. Individuality and Individual Characteristics
    5. Characteristics, Qualities, and Features of Writing
    6. Relative Speed of Writing and Writing Skill
    7. Ratios or Relative Relationships
    8. Beginning, Connecting and Ending Strokes
    9. Writing Instruments
    10. General Observations
    11. The Process of Comparison
    12. Abnormal/Disguised Writing
    13. Obtaining Handwriting Samples
    14. Submitting a case to the lab
    15. Examiner’s Final Report

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: November 10, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124104204
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124096028

About the Author

Ron Morris

Ron Morris is President of Morris & Associates, Inc. Certified by the United States Secret Service Forensic Science Division and the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners; he has worked as an examiner of questioned documents for the Metropolitan Police Department, based in Washington D.C., the United States Secret Service and the U.S. Treasury Department.

Affiliations and Expertise

U.S. Secret Service, Springfield, Virginia, USA

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