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To hear private detectives tell it, appearances, references, witnesses, and promises of reformed behavior can be deceiving. So some of them turn to handwriting analysis for psychological assessments when investigating someone.
The pressure applied by the writer, the slant of the letters, the look of crossed t’s and dotted i’s, the amount of space between words all create a unique profile, they say.
“Handwriting does not lie,” said Ronald Rice, a forensic handwriting examiner and certified graphoanalyst with 36 years’ experience.
The Globe asked Rice to analyze the handwriting of Aaron Hernandez from two jailhouse notes posted online by TMZ that presumably were written by the former Patriots tight end.
Some of Rice’s conclusions sound surprising, while others may be telling.