Se7en's John Doe's writing on the wall. AnnaKoren handwriting experts describe the following features as suggestive of "schizoid" conduct, which is commonly connected with serial killers: Handwriting that is alert and tight, with unusually strong pressure. Angles, arcades, separation, narrowness, oddities, and exaggeration are all examples of exaggeration. The writer may have trouble controlling their hands; for example, they might scribble wildly or appear to be shaking when writing.
Serial killers' handwriting is often characterized by its irregularity and inconsistency. Some writers keep getting rid of letters while others add them repeatedly. Some write very slowly, while others write quickly. There is no typical pattern to serial killers' handwriting.
Some serial killers' writings have been found to contain references to their crimes. For example, David Berkowitz, who was known as "the BTK murderer", wrote "BTK" in capital letters at the beginning of each letter he sent to police departments across America while he was on death row. These letters were written from 1978 to 1991. When asked about his motives, he said "I want people to know that I'm not crazy." In 2001, after being convicted of three more murders, Berkowitz died in prison of natural causes.
Other serial killers have left clues in their writings.
Anna Koren, a graphologist, examines serial killers' penmanship and has created handwriting profiles for several of them. Koren claims that the schizoid killer profile fits more than 80% of the cases she has worked with. This suggests that all of the murderers have similar handwriting. However, not all writers with similar handwriting are guilty of a crime. Koren also says that autobiographers and diarists tend to have similarly written letters because of their obsessive-compulsive nature.
The majority of serial killers had average or above-average intelligence prior to their crimes. However, many of them reported having problems reading other people's minds so it is possible that they lacked the ability to write clearly.
According to Koren, serial killers' handwriting changes after they kill their first victim. The change comes about because they want to be able to identify their victims' bodies in order to relive some of the pleasure they got from killing them.
After their handwritings change, most serial killers stop using their original pen names and instead use aliases that contain words associated with their victims' names or locations where the murders took place. For example, one killer may choose an alias such as "The East River Killer" because of the location where some of his victims were found. He might also use an alias like "The Toronto Ripper" since some of his victims were women who lived in Canada.
Figures and abstract Changes in handwriting have also been connected to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and schizophrenia. Despite the fact that the preceding level had not been reached, it is still possible to make some generalizations about the relationship between handwriting and these two disorders.
Serial killers may have a distinct penmanship style. It also appears that writing letters from prison affects how they write.
Psychologists who study serial murder say this evidence is one of the many factors they use to identify suspects. The fact that different writers may leave different fingerprints at crime scenes helps police rule out suspects. But the similarity in handwriting between different killers points toward a possible common factor, which could be an early indication of future violence.
Koren claims she can tell whether a writer is male or female, based on their handwriting. She has published articles about her work with both convicted and suspected serial killers.
In addition to being able to identify gender through handwriting, Koren has said she can also identify age, race, and education level from samples of ink. She has not released any information regarding potential suspects but does offer her services as a witness for court cases.
There are many factors that can affect how someone writes, such as age, gender, and intelligence. So while there may be some unique characteristics associated with certain writers, they will likely not be enough to identify individual victims or suspects.
According to Richard Fraser, a handwriting analysis specialist and forensic handwriting examiner in Westwood, Mass., a person's penmanship is molded by their life experiences, character, and how they were taught to write. "After a stressful occurrence, a person's handwriting may alter," Fraser explained. Shahrivar, Shahrivar 16, 1389 AP 1731, refers to this as "a stress-related change in writing style."
In addition to stressing out people, another reason for changing your handwriting after an incident occurs is if you are trying to cover up something. For example, if you sign your letters with a pseudonym and then use your real name on the envelope, that could be considered a change of handwriting style.
Finally, handwriting can change over time due to health issues or aging. As we get older, our hand muscles lose strength and flexibility. This makes it harder to write smoothly and properly spaced words. There are some medications that can cause changes in handwriting like dots, lines, and circles appearing in areas of the brain that control movement.
Overall, handwriting style is shaped by many factors including but not limited to personal experience, environment, age, and illness.
When you observe irregular handwriting that varies in size, slant, and form, you know you're dealing with a person who is inconsistent and unstable. The person may be nice and compassionate one day and frigid and aggressive the next. This characteristic is also associated with drug addicts, alcoholics, and patients suffering from mental illness.
In today's world, where computers have taken over many tasks that were previously done by hand, good handwriting is becoming a rare skill. As penmanship classes disappear from school curriculums, so does anyone who can't adapt to computer-based writing methods.
People who cannot control themselves or their actions are often inconsistent in their handwriting. They may appear calm and collected one moment and then scream and shout the next. They may seem like loving parents who can't hurt their children but then beat them at night with their hands. Such people do not belong in homes with small children or those who are still developing as adults. They need help controlling their violent tendencies.
If you see inconsistent handwriting, get help immediately. Inconsistent writers often suffer from some kind of psychological problem that can be resolved through counseling.