The Handwriting FIASCO

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Discussion of this new Zodiac book by author Gary L. Stewart should be posted here

The Handwriting FIASCO

TomVoigt
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June 20th, 2014, 12:38 am #1

(The original discussion thread about this new book had reached more than 1,100 posts, so today (June 19, 2014) I have decided to add several additional threads, including this one.)


Buried throughout the original thread about this new book (a thread now containing more than 1,100 posts) is some great information about the alleged handwriting match between the Zodiac and the subject of the book, "suspect" Earl Van Best jr.

I would ask those who contributed materials to the original thread, please post it here as well. 


Claims of a handwriting match have been used to help sell the book, but all that glitters isn't gold, as this thread will show.


Buyer beware.
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Mary O
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June 20th, 2014, 1:56 am #2

I'm totally with ya, Tom. The "kicker" is his use of the handwriting on the 1990 Christmas card envelope as a comparison. Umm... his father died in the mid 80's. Um, hellooooo!!!
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June 21st, 2014, 5:06 am #3

Below is the Marriage Certificate of Earl Van Best Jr. and Judith Chandler.  


It was said that EVB Jr. filled out this certificate and that this handwriting was (almost positively) that of Zodiac.   Mike99 looked into this further and discovered the handwriting was actually that of the Reverend Edward Fliger.  --See examples below.








Fliger's handwriting in a log book from the church:
















Here is the Marriage License signed by Best.  Thanks to Morf.


"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple". Dr. Suess   
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June 21st, 2014, 5:08 am #4

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June 21st, 2014, 5:09 am #5

Thanks to Tahoe27 for re-posting that info here, as the original discussion thread became too large to locate anything.
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June 21st, 2014, 5:31 am #6

TomVoigt wrote:
lolololol!!!!!
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June 22nd, 2014, 5:53 pm #7

Hi-

The funny thing is that what I did was not rocket science by any means. It was just basic fact checking. How did this stuff get by everyone involved in putting this book together? Maybe Stewart was too busy in with his accountants or was afraid to look behind the curtain in Oz: He may have seen a priest pulling the levers, not EVB Jr.

Mike
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June 22nd, 2014, 6:13 pm #8

It was very good of you to look in to the handwriting further Mike. Seems like something the handwriting analyst would have done prior to making his claim. Could have saved him a lot of embarrassment and possibly his career.


(...and yw Tom)
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June 27th, 2014, 6:12 pm #9

Any updates from Stewart's camp about this mess? Surely they know by now the handwriting they "matched" to the Zodiac belonged to someone other than Van Best jr.?
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June 27th, 2014, 8:35 pm #10

When I asked Stewart to comment on his website, he responded by saying he's leaving it up to the experts. By that, I take it he doesn't mean us.
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