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    Struggling with English

    IMO, The author of the ransom note was struggling to write in English, because the correctness of the form of each letter is inversely proportional to the degree of difficulty of writing that letter.

    Check the ransom note against this idea, and you will find that the letters with rounded, curved, or diagonal forms are frequently malformed, while the letters with straight and perpendicular lines are rarely malformed.


    Letters with curves or rounded sections difficulty (for a novice): moderate to high



    BCDGJOPQRSU

    abcdefghjmnopqrsu



    Letters with diagonal lines: easy to moderate



    AKMNRVWXYZ

    kvwxyz





    Letters with only straight lines: easy



    EFHILT

    ilt



    Ransom note grossly malformed letters:



    W (We are a group…)

    b (…attache to the bank.)

    d (…group of individuals…)





    In fact, the W, b, and d examples listed above avoid the more difficult curve and diagonal, replacing them with an easier straight and perpendicular form.



    Even in the last sentence, where the author seems most relaxed, and the writing seems to be smooth (and not disguised) , the ‘J’ in “John” is malformed. Squared off, as are many curves and diagonals in the note.



    The squaring off of letters that pervades the ransom note lowers the degree of difficulty for someone who is not adept at writing in English.

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    There are two important things to remember with regards to your analysis...(1) The author was trying to disguise their handwriting, and may deliberately mess up letters or word usage. (2) Many other languages use the same alphabet as English.

    If your assessment is correct, then we must assume the author is either so young that he or she has not learned how to write properly or speaks a language which does not use the English alphabet. Some that come to mind...Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic. Feel free to add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holdontoyourhat
    IMO, The author of the ransom note was struggling to write in English, because the correctness of the form of each letter is inversely proportional to the degree of difficulty of writing that letter.
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    BC, any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason
    ...speaks a language which does not use the English alphabet. Some that come to mind...Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic. Feel free to add.
    Now you're talking.


    IMO, the writing is not disguised at all. It just started out jittery as the author struggled to remember what English characters look like and how to write them, and gradually improved toward the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holdontoyourhat
    Now you're talking.


    IMO, the writing is not disguised at all. It just started out jittery as the author struggled to remember what English characters look like and how to write them, and gradually improved toward the end.
    The author may also be struggling with the fact that he/she just murdered a 6-year old girl...

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    I have the same problem when I use my left hand, too...
    Just my opinion...

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    If you write the note with your non-dominant hand you'll find many similarities in the letter formations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tipper
    If you write the note with your non-dominant hand you'll find many similarities in the letter formations.
    Check the letter 'b' in 'attache to the bank' and the 'd' in 'individuals' and you'll see the lower, rounded part is neatly squared off on all four sides. You're not going to do that by simply writing with your non-dominant hand. IOW, the non-dominant hand theory doesn't explain the anomalies found in the ransom note.

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    WHat about any punctuation marks? Were there the same "problems" with punc? How about past, present & future tense? It didn't seem to me this writer had difficulties with those things------

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    Baloney. The fake ransom note was written by a panicked crime scene stager who was obsessivley focused during this time on answering the question, "HOW DO I EXPLAIN THIS CHILD'S DEATH"?????
    Simple as that.
    It is why one page did not suffice.
    Two pages did not suffice.
    But finally after three exhausting pages of disguised handwriting and deceptive words - the author was satisfied she/he had "convinced" enough to divert attention away from what really happened - at least for a time.

    It was overdone, over the top and while written, as the FBI has stated, by an educated woman or "genteel" man - it was what this educated panicked woman or genteel man THOUGHT a ransom note should sound like.
    Amateur that she/he was.

    Problem is - with SO much written, the author inadvertently gives herself away. Too much of "HER" seeps through. Style, linguistics and purpose.
    No stranger/intruder committed this crime nor wrote that ridiculous note.

    For me, the question isn't whether or not Patsy wrote it - I believe she did.
    The question is whether or not John HELPED her.
    Patsy once wrote that in the past she had typed while John DICTATED to her.
    Might have been in their book.
    This post is my opinion.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tipper
    If you write the note with your non-dominant hand you'll find many similarities in the letter formations.
    If you study the last few sentences of the note, you will realize it was not written by the non-dominant hand, nor was the author disguising their handwriting.

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    Baloney. The fake ransom note was written by a panicked crime scene stager who was obsessivley focused during this time on answering the question, "HOW DO I EXPLAIN THIS CHILD'S DEATH"?????
    Simple as that.
    It is why one page did not suffice.
    Two pages did not suffice.
    But finally after three exhausting pages of disguised handwriting and deceptive words - the author was satisfied she/he had "convinced" enough to divert attention away from what really happened - at least for a time.
    well expressed.

    that's a very, very important point. You've got me thinking again.. The reason for the note's length IS inexperience on the part of the writer, but like you say, it arises from a need to somehow EXPLAIN what happened to the child.

    one thing is glaringly obvious:

    it's not the work of a small foreign faction

    If you couldn't speak english well, why write for 2 1/2 pages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K777angel
    Baloney. The fake ransom note was written by a panicked crime scene stager who was obsessivley focused during this time on answering the question, "HOW DO I EXPLAIN THIS CHILD'S DEATH"?????
    Simple as that.
    It is why one page did not suffice.
    Two pages did not suffice.
    But finally after three exhausting pages of disguised handwriting and deceptive words - the author was satisfied she/he had "convinced" enough to divert attention away from what really happened - at least for a time.

    It was overdone, over the top and while written, as the FBI has stated, by an educated woman or "genteel" man - it was what this educated panicked woman or genteel man THOUGHT a ransom note should sound like.
    Amateur that she/he was.

    Problem is - with SO much written, the author inadvertently gives herself away. Too much of "HER" seeps through. Style, linguistics and purpose.
    No stranger/intruder committed this crime nor wrote that ridiculous note.

    For me, the question isn't whether or not Patsy wrote it - I believe she did.
    The question is whether or not John HELPED her.
    Patsy once wrote that in the past she had typed while John DICTATED to her.
    Might have been in their book.
    K777angel

    My answer to your question about whether John helped Patsy write the note is a most definite NO.

    I think you are absolutely correct YES YES YES in your belief that Patsy wrote the note and I find your reasoning very credible (since it agrees with mine of course).

    However I do not agree with you when you say that no stranger/intruder committed this crime. I believe there were anything up to five stranger/intruders involved in this crime, although at least one of them was known to the Ramseys and was actually a friend-neighbour/invitee (invited by Patsy that is, after John was sound asleep).

    I think that Patsy probably had help from someone in writing the note and if so, it was most likely this person.

    This is all just my opinion.

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    Patsy wrote the "note".

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    Quote Originally Posted by K777angel
    Baloney. The fake ransom note was written by a panicked crime scene stager who was obsessivley focused during this time on answering the question, "HOW DO I EXPLAIN THIS CHILD'S DEATH"?????
    Your post is a riot. First of all, the ransom note never explained, as you claim it did, this child's death. Instead, the ransom note delivered a barrage of advisories, commands, and threats squarely at Mr. Ramsey. Almost every statement concerned itself with how John was going to spend his morning upon finding the note. That means the author was concerned about how John was going to spend the morning. Its that simple.

    Quote Originally Posted by K777angel
    But finally after three exhausting pages of disguised handwriting and deceptive words - the author was satisfied she/he had "convinced" enough to divert attention away from what really happened - at least for a time.
    The last sentence of the ransom note reads "Its up to you now, John". Anyone who bothers to look at this sentence for more that a few seconds will know it's not disguised in any way. Neither are the rest of the sentences.


    Quote Originally Posted by K777angel
    It was overdone, over the top and while written, as the FBI has stated, by an educated woman or "genteel" man - it was what this educated panicked woman or genteel man THOUGHT a ransom note should sound like.
    Amateur that she/he was.

    Problem is - with SO much written, the author inadvertently gives herself away. Too much of "HER" seeps through. Style, linguistics and purpose.
    No stranger/intruder committed this crime nor wrote that ridiculous note.

    For me, the question isn't whether or not Patsy wrote it - I believe she did.
    The question is whether or not John HELPED her.
    Patsy once wrote that in the past she had typed while John DICTATED to her.
    Might have been in their book.
    You're way off. Ransom note was not written by a Ramsey. Experts would have pinned that one right away. The ransom note was a diversionary tactic to stall LE in finding the perp(s) during a getaway.

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