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Forensics saves blind woman's handwritten novel

Posted by Delia Cabe  April 14, 2012 11:08 AM

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インクボトルと羽根ペン:Antique ink bottle and quill (dip) pen

Heroes! The Telegraph (UK) reported today that police came to Trish Vickers' rescue--ON THEIR OWN TIME--after the blind woman had handwritten numerous pages of her novel without realizing her pen had run dry.

Here's the story:

Forensics experts agreed to use a special scientific process to recover what Trish Vickers had written by examining the dents she had made in the pages.

Mrs Vickers, 59, was left devastated when she learned that her pen had run out and there was nothing on the first 26 pages of the book.

She lost her sight seven years ago through diabetes and decided to write a novel to pass the time and keep her mind active.

She quickly penned the opening chapters while using a system of elastic bands to keep the lines separated on the pages of paper she was using.

She waited for her son Simon to visit so he could read it back to her. But when he arrived he had to tell her that the pages were blank.

Her family sought the assistance of the police. You can read how they recovered her manuscript here.

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Delia Cabe's work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Self, Prevention, Scientific American Presents, and other publications. In between posts, you can read Cabe's tweets at http://twitter.com/#!/DeliaCabe, More »

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