During the writing of the book Insane Killers Inc., we had access to handwriting samples of some suspects, which we submitted for analysis to an international authority on handwriting. The samples were forensically compared to the papers found in the Soignes Forest. There was no match. Because of looming deadlines with the editor, we didn’t pursue the matter further.
However, during a first face-to-face encounter with this handwriting specialist, she immediately reacted when shown the papers. ‘You say these crimes happened in Europe?” After we confirmed they occurred in Belgium and Northern France, she went on: « This person learned to write in North America. This is not a European writing style. »
The expert in question has been involved in over a thousand legal cases in numerous legal jurisdictions and has been called as an expert witness in front of courts several times a year for the past decades. She has presented conferences on forensic handwriting in Europe and in America.
She went on with the comments on the bits of paper from Soignes Forest. “This cursive writing certainly does not derive from a French or Belgian cursive method.” When asked about are the odds that the writer of the notes learned his script in a school in Europe, she claimed « Impossible! Unless you have a case where the person grew up on a US Army base in Europe and/or had an American teacher. » She then described in details the striking differences between the North American and European writing methods. The author of the notes from Soignes Forest learned cursive during his childhood by a model influenced by the Palmer or the Zaner-Bloser methods of writing. She went on to describe the way the author wrote his « e » ‘s in a distinctive way.
Indeed, none of the suspects whose handwriting was submitted for analysis with this expert were American in origin or had a life story matching an early academic exposure to an American teacher. However, this information may be a most useful circumstantial evidence for one or several other suspects, whose handwriting have not yet been submitted for analysis… To be continued…