Forensic research, mostly handwriting

I have operated a consultancy in forensic handwriting analysis since 1974. I have done many hundreds of cases, and appeared in Court to give evidence on disputed handwriting many times.

 

1980

'The Concept of Individuality in Handwriting', Forensic Science Society Questioned Document Group Meeting, (London, 1980). Conference/seminar paper.

'It's Not an Exact Science, Is It?', Guest lecture, (Forensic Science Unit, University of Strathclyde, 1980). Conference/seminar paper.

1981

'Questioned Document Examination: an Inter-disciplinary Approach', 9th Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, (Bergen, Norway, 1981). Conference/seminar paper.

'The Analysis of Historical Documents', Forensic Science Society Questioned Document Group Meeting, (Birmingham, 1981). Conference/seminar paper.

1982

'Forensic Handwriting Research at Birmingham University', Autumn Symposium of the Forensic Science Society, (London, 1982). Conference/seminar paper.

1983

'Handwriting Analysis at the University of Birmingham', University and Industry, (1983), 1.

(With Jacqueline Franks and Richard Totty), 1983, the Determination of Handedness in Handwriting by the Examination of Burr-Striations, University of Birmingham, Home Office Project, funded for one year.

'Forensic Handwriting Research at Birmingham University', Journal of the Forensic Science Society, 23 (1983), 251-3. Article.

(With Jacqueline Franks and Richard Totty), 'The Discrimination of Left- and Right-Handed Writing', American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, (Crystal Lake, Nevada, 1983). Conference/seminar paper.

1984

(With Frances Brown and Richard Totty), 1984, The Acquisition of Handwriting in Children, University of Birmingham, Home Office Project, funded for one year.

'Anonymous Handwriting: a Summary of Recent Research at Birmingham University', 10th Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, (Oxford, 1984). Conference/seminar paper.

1985

'The Handwriting of Old People: a Preliminary Report', Forensic Science Society Questioned Document Group Meeting, (University of Mannheim, 1985).

(With Michael Hall), 1985, The Handwriting of Old People, University of Birmingham, Home Office Project, funded for six months.Conference/seminar paper.

(With Jacqueline Franks, R.A. Hardcastle, P.M. Grove, and Richard Totty) 'Variability of Stroke Direction between Left- and Right-handed Writers', Journal of the Forensic Science Society, 25 (1985), 353-370. Article.

1986

'Forensic Handwriting Analysis', in Talking About Text edited by M. Coulthard (Birmingham, 1986) 189-207. Article.

(With Frances Brown), 'Evidence for the Learned Style in the Naturally Occurring Handwriting of Adults', Forensic Science Society Questioned Documents Group Meeting, (London, 1986). Conference/seminar paper.

1987

(With Frances Brown), 'The Influence of the Taught Style on the Handwriting of Two Generations of Adults who Attended the Same School', Forensic Science Society Questioned Documents Group Meeting, (London, 1987). Conference/seminar paper.

1988

(With Frances Brown), 'Forensic Handwriting Research at Birmingham University', Talk delivered to the University Court, (University of Birmingham, 1988). Conference/seminar paper.

1989

'Forged Handwriting', in Fakes and Frauds: Varieties of Deception in Print and Manuscript edited by M. Harris (London, 1989) Article.

(With Frances Brown and Michael Hall), 1989, Identification Characteristics of the Handwriting of Eight European Countries, University of Birmingham, Home Office Project, funded for one year.

1990

'The Timing of Contested Contemporaneous Notes', 1990, Serious Crime Squad Enquiry, Law Department, Birmingham Unversity. Project Report.

1992

'The Analysis of Handwriting: an Introductory Survey', in The Book Encompass'd edited by P. Davison (Cambridge, 1992) 57-68. Article.

'Forensic textual criticism', Midlands Association of Criminologists, (Birmingham, 1992). Conference/seminar paper.

'Forensic Textual Criticism', First International Conference: International Association of Forensic Linguists, (University of Birmingham, 1992). Conference/seminar paper.

1993

'Clues and Opinions: Ways of Looking at Evidence', Third International Conference: International Association of Forensic Linguists, (Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut, Universität Bonn, 1993). Conference/seminar paper.

'Textual Bibliography and the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad', Literary Theory and the Practice of Editing, (The University of Liverpool, 1993). Conference/seminar paper.

'Panorama', 1993: Monday, April 12, TV Programme.

'The Murder of Carl Bridgewater', 1993: Tuesday, June 15, TV Programme.

'Crimestalk', 1993: Wednesday, March 31, TV Programme.

Note: there were about seven other TV Programmes, but at the time I was actually too busy to keep a note about them.

'Forensic handwriting analysis: an analytical bibliography', 1993, Web pages.

1994

'ESDA and the Analysis of Contested Contemporaneous Notes of Police Interviews', Forensic Linguistics, 1 (1994), 71-89. Article.

'ESDA and the analysis of disputed confessions: the case of Paul Dandy', One-day seminar in forensic document analysis, (Criminalistic Insitute, Prague, 1994). Conference/seminar paper.

'The acquisition of handwriting in the United Kingdom', One-day seminar in forensic document analysis, (Criminalistic Insitute, Prague, 1994). Conference/seminar paper.

'An introduction to the practice of forensic handwriting analysis in the UK', One-day seminar in forensic document analysis, (Criminalistic Insitute, Prague, 1994). Conference/seminar paper.

'Stress and handwriting: the roller-coaster connection', One-day seminar in forensic document analysis, (Criminalistic Insitute, Prague, 1994). Conference/seminar paper.

1996

'Clues and Opinions: Ways of Looking at Evidence', in Recent Developments in Forensic Linguistics edited by H. Kniffka (Frankfurt-am-Main, 1996) 53-73. Article.

'Review: "Forging History"', Papers of the Bibliographical Association of America, (1996), Book review.

1999

(With Alasdair Livingstone, Sandra Woolley and T N Arvanitis), Analysis of Cuneiform Tablets using Forensic Techniques and Digital Imaging, (University of Birmingham, 1999), Research Project funded by Birmingham University Interdisciplinary Research Fund Competition.