Three-year-old Caylee Anthony has been missing since June. There have been no sightings of Caylee and evidence suggests that she may be dead. Police have labeled Caylee’s mother, 22-year old Casey Anthony, a “person of interest.”
Last week, we looked at the printing of Casey Anthony. We saw that Casey is an expert at “tricky” writing. Casey’s writing, at first glance, seems easy to read. But if you take the words out of context, many words are nearly impossible to decipher.
For example, can you read the word labeled “Exhibit A”? In context, I’m sure you could easily make it out. But, out of context, what is it? People who are expert at tricky writing are like magicians. They make you see what they want you to see. They leave the interpretation of events vague and unclear, so that they have an out when they need it.
Casey Anthony also uses ambiguous letters in her signature (“Exhibit B”). Her first name is spelled “CASEY.” So, given the fact that Casey knows how to spell her own name, why does it look like “CAESY”? That, my friends, is ambiguous or “tricky” writing.
Look closer at the signature and you will notice that the “a” in Casey’s first name is blown out of proportion. When a lowercase “a” is extra large it indicates that the writer is very concerned about his or her physical appearance. And, if you look carefully, you will see that there is a sharp point inside of Casey’s “a.” That point is called a “stinger.” Writers with stingers tend to be extreme in their sexual lifestyles – they either abstain from sex entirely, or they become sexaholics.
Also, do you see that Casey made her last name into a great big “X”? When a writer’s signature or personal pronoun “I” turns into an “X,” it shows that the writer feels as if his or her life has been ruined. These sad “x’ed-out” people worry and fantasize about death. Sometimes these gloomy thoughts are about other people’s deaths and sometimes these morbid feelings about the writer’s own demise.
P.S.: The word in Exhibit A is “could.”
Read my communication analysis of Casey Anthony's statement to the police.
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.