After the second Roy Moore accuser appeared in front of cameras with the ubiquitous ambulance-chaser Gloria Allred, everybody suddenly became handwriting experts.
I don’t know how that happened.
But it has.
Several people are reporting that the yearbook inscription purportedly written by Roy Moore forty years ago is a fake.
It’s a fake. Roy Moore’s *actual* signature differs in many ways to what accuser says was signed in her yearbook. 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/m6N3BoniGa
— GRANT J. KIDNEY 🇺🇸 (@GrantJKidney) November 14, 2017
This is all over the place on Twitter and in the blogosphere.
And I don’t mean to lift my leg on the assertions made by these newly-minted handwriting experts.
But my signature from when I was in my thirties looks nothing like my signature today.
In fact, I went through my files and found a receipt I had signed in July 2006. And I compared that to my signature today.
Take a look:
Follow along with the numbered circles.
Circle 1. In the 2006 signature, the vertical line of the D is a straight line. But in the 2017 signature, I add a wee flourish.
Circle 2. Now, these are just super different. Though both signatures omit the “iann” that follows the D in Diann, the 2006 signature includes a loop back and a big-old flourish for the dotted “I” in Diann. Whereas the 2017 signature just kinda drops off.
Circle 3. The “R” is very, verrrry different. As you can see, in 2006, the connecting loop from the upper part to the lower portion of the R crosses over the vertical line. But look at the 2017 signature. They don’t cross the vertical line. And not only that, there’s a loopy thing!
Circle 4. Speaking of loopy things. Just look at those “L’s” in Russell. Both L’s in 2006 are a loop. But in 2017? No loop. In fact, the second “L” looks more like an inverted V.
Were these two signatures made by the same hand?
Is one a fake or a forgery?
No. They were both done by me.
It doesn’t surprise me in the least that my signature is different today even compared to just eleven years ago.
And if we were to go back to when I was in my thirties, it’s even more different. Back then, I still used the cursive D for Diann. Plus I actually wrote out the “iann” that came after it. The same thing for “Russell.” Instead of just spelling the “R” and “L’s” I actually spelled out everything.
But as I grew older, I guess I got lazy.
Going from my own personal experience, I would expect a signature from 1977 to be different from a signature in 2017.
Now, I’m not saying that yearbook inscription is authentic. How would I know? I’m not a handwriting expert.
I think it would be more useful to find a document that Roy Moore signed in 1977 and compare this yearbook inscription to that.
To tell you the truth, I wonder about the authenticity of the yearbook inscription because Roy Moore’s 2017 signature is pretty similar to this alleged 40-year-old one. Sure, there are minor changes. But just minor changes.
Over forty years and only minor changes to his signature? I find that somewhat fishy.
But “fishy” isn’t the same as saying definitively that the yearbook inscription is a fraud.
Because, let’s be honest, if you saw those two signatures of mine, wouldn’t you wonder if one of them was a fake?
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