- Jan 23, 2021
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"The Lucy Letby confession notes:
Handwriting expert claims chilling evidence reveals she is 'charming', yet 'manipulative'.
Mr Brand said Letby was a fascinating case
because her writing style displayed traits of antisocial behaviour disorder – impulsiveness, dishonesty, rejection of discipline and manipulation – while it also showed she was capable of 'integrating' into society and making friends.
He said the handwriting in Letby's 2016 diary, which was recovered by police, was ordered and appeared to be written by someone in control. But it was in great contrast to the other coloured notes, which were all shown to the jury and appeared to be much more chaotic and disturbed.
'Her writing shows she is a charming person who can do some terrible deeds,' he said.
Mr Brand likened Letby to Jeffrey Dahmer, the US serial killer who murdered and dismembered 17 men over 13 years in Milwaukee, USA.
'He has been described as an
anti-social and I see her like that,' he said.
'She is somebody who can occasionally be very friendly, other times manipulative, secretive and cold.'
Mr Brand highlighted several 'disturbances' in her handwriting style.
'The way she had written HATE, PANIC, FEAR, LOST on the green 'I am evil' note could be viewed as attention seeking, it suggested she wanted to be listened to and not ignored', he said.
While the 'continuous loopings' on the yellow note and repetition of her name or signature on the white A4 note, both showed she was obsessive', Mr Brand said.
'The way her writing does not slant one way or the other – it doesn't lean to the right or the left consistently but has a varying slant – and sometimes 'suddenly' changes direction in the middle of a word, is highly unusual and demonstrates she suffered 'horrific' mood swings and had difficulty fitting into a team', Mr Brand said.
'Mood swings are shown by sudden changes of slant, you go from left slant to right slant,' Mr Brand said.
'This is a clear mood change, you can feel that change of emotion, it is very rapid when it is within a word itself'.
'The trapped feeling of the squares, the anxiety of that, the compulsion of the circles, the fact that the lines overlap, very unclear thinking.
No margin, so you can see this person is invasive, you don't even have to look at the content, from a graphological point of view these things hit you, it says, 'there is trouble here'."
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The notes were written by Letby after she went on a killing spree at the neonatal ward of the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester.