Steve Johnson is a certified Statement Analysis and Hand Writing Analysis.
His work is so precise that in cases we have worked together, he has matched the psychological profile with the psycho-linguistic profile which matched the diagnosis.
Steve's work is principle driven and is subordinated to the wording, yet so strong, that it never experiences incongruence.
After many years of seeing poor, predominantly guess work, Steve's work has brought me new confidence in hand writing analysis; something I've not had.
Steve is now a full time instructor having recently retired from almost 3 decades of law enforcement.
Roy Moore Yearbook
by Steve Johnson, Veritas
There has been a lot of talk and speculation lately regarding the validity of Roy Moore’s year book signature. This is a great example of Handwriting Analysis and Statement Analysis working hand in hand. One science should confirm the other and in this case, they do.
The exemplar we have in the year book raises three questions:
- Is the signature that of Roy Moore himself?
- Is the writing after the signature also that of Roy Moore?
- If the writing after the signature is not Moore’s, does it mean the signature was forged?
Those that say the signature is a fake, have cited the differences in handwriting that appears after the signature, compared to the writing before it. I agree with them, there are two styles of handwriting. The author of the inscription and signature, is different than the author of 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House. The yearbook has obviously been tampered with. However, that does not mean Roy Moore didn’t sign the year book in 1977.
Let’s examine the year book signature in comparison to Roy Moore’s signature when he was Chief Justice.
When examining the signatures, keep in mind that signatures typically have minor changes depending on what is occurring in our lives at the time. In this case, there are a couple minor inconsistencies, but they pale in comparison to the major consistent traits in both signatures.
- We first note the slant and letter size are consistent.
- The entrance stroke of the capital R begins with an upstroke, followed by a down and up stroke. This appears as a muddy or pasty area in the known signature on the right.
- The R loop is consistent, followed by the exit stroke that ends slightly higher than the afore mentioned down/ up stroke to it’s left.
- Also note the slight exit to the right in both signatures.
- The R in both signatgures is disconnected from the “oy” in both signatures.
- The y cup is at the top end of the o to it’s left.
- The capital M begins with a “clubbed” or pasty entrance stroke, creating a third hump in the M.
- The Humps and strokes within the M are identical to each other, with a point in the final hump.
- The M is disconnected from the rest of the letters in Moore.
- The o’s in Moore are different size, with the right o higher than the left.
- The r in both signatures is consitent.
- The e exit stroke is identical in both.
- We do not see hesitation points in the yearbook signature. It was written in one flowing motion, greatly increasing the validity of the signature.
The many consistent traits in both signatures leave no doubt they were written by the same person. Roy Moore has not denied signing the year book. He has however, spent much time highlighting the differences in the writing after the signature, which he can truthfully do. During my 28 years in Law Enforcement, I often witnessed criminals do this same thing. They spoke with confidence and at length about that which was truthful and led focus away from their crimninal actions. However, they spent very little time or avoided all together the incident in question. It is a common tactic among liars.
Regarding the year book signature, Roy Moore came very close to an embedded admission when he said, the signature has been “tampered” with. We have to believe him. If it wasn’t his signature, how would he know it had been tampered with? Furthermore, what would it matter? If he did not sign the year book, he could stand with confidence in front of the wall of truth and reliably deny signing the book. He knows the signature is his, and he cannot deny it. I believe him.