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Casey Anthony
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Casey Anthony stated that on Monday, June 9, 2008 she left her 3-year-old daughter, Caylee, with her nanny, Zenaida Gonzalez. Casey claimed that when she returned to the nanny's Florida apartment, Caylee was missing. Casey didn't notify the police, she said, because she did not want to worry her parents and wanted to do her own investigation. Casey's mother, Cindy Anthony, however, became worried and five weeks after Casey had allegedly "lost" her daughter, Cindy Anthony reported her granddaughter's disappearance to the police.

But there are apparently a number of holes and inconsistencies in Casey Anthony's story. Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman whom Casey accused of kidnapping her daughter, told police that she had never heard of Casey Anthony. Furthermore, the nanny's apartment -- where Casey said she had dropped off her daughter -- had been vacant for five months.

On July 16th, 2008, police arrested Casey Anthony on charges of child neglect and lying to the police. Casey was released on bail on August 21, 2008. Casey was rearrested on August 29, 2008, but on September 5, 2008 she was released once again, when an anonymous person posted the $500,000 bail. 

Judge John Jordan told Casey Anthony: "You left your child with someone who doesn't exist at an apartment you cannot identify. You lied to your parents. It appears you care so little for your child you didn't report her missing until five weeks later."

Observe that Casey's letters are almost uniformly the same height. The middle zone (the lower case letters a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x and the part of the other letters between the upper loops and the lower loops) of her writing is exaggerated. When the middle zone is overly large, like Casey's, the writer has a tendency to be childlike and self-centered. These writers like to be the center of attention. It is difficult for them to delay gratification. What they see is what they want...today...this minute...right now!

Now, look at the word "Monday". Do you see how Casey combined the letter "o" and the letter "n"? Is that really an "o" or is it an "a" or maybe it's just part of the "n"? Ambiguous letters are a sign that the writer is disguising the truth. Con artists and grifters, who leave the interpretation of events unclear so that they always have an out when they need it, are often experts at "tricky" writing.

There is something else that occurs in many of Casey's "o's" and "a"s. Do you see how she wrote the "o" in "on" with a slash through it? Slashes through a's and o's, known as "forked tongue strokes," are signs of a liar.

Next week, we'll take a look at Casey Anthony's quite interesting and unique signature.

Read my communication analysis of Casey Anthony's statement to the police.

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Michelle Dresbold is a nationally known handwriting expert and personality profiler. Are you a doodler? Have a personal question or problem? Mail your doodles and handwritten letters to: The Handwriting Doctor, P.O. Box 1161, Monroeville, PA 15146.

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