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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IV - Page 402« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Alwyn Cole)

Mr. Cole.
that same first line we have the same effect for the first stroke of the "t" of "to" and the "t" of "that." Then moving down to the second Paragraph, third word, the same effect is shown, and this is illustrated in the standard writing in two places, one good example being chart A, item 1, the word "to" the same chart, item 3, the word "the."
The construction of the small letter "p" has been mentioned heretofore has been characterized by an absence of an upper extension, that is, no extension that passes above the height of the body of the letter and the body of the letter is made in the form of an arch, rather than a circle closed against the staff. This is shown in the words "presently" and "employ," which are in the last line of writing of this exhibit, and this is repeated in the standard writing as shown by chart A, item 2, the word "support item 3 the word "pert" and the word "transportation."
There is a very close agreement in all details of the signature of Lee H. Oswald on this letter with the several examples of the signatures shown these charts, chart A, item 15, chart B, item 15, and chart C item 6, second to the last line.
The word "Texas" including this highly significant "x" is repeated as the last word on this letter.
These constitute some of my reasons for believing that Exhibit 820A is in the handwriting of the author of the standard writing.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Now, to recapitulate then, all the standards which you have; examined and which were put in evidence and all of the questioned documents which you have examined and which were put in evidence, are in the handwriting of the same person, with the exceptions you have noted, such as "A. Hidell" on the penultimate exhibit, the FPCC card?
Mr. Cole.
Yes, sir.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Mr. Cole, did you have any information concerning any identifications or nonidentifications of handwriting made by any other Federal agency in this matter?
Mr. Cole.
No, sir.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Did you have any other information whatsoever concerning identification or nonidentification by anyone in this matter?
Mr. Cole.
No, sir.
Mr. Eisenberg.
Do you at this point have any such information?
Mr. Cole.
No, sir.
Mr. Eisenberg.
That completes my examination, Mr. McCloy.
Mr. Mccloy.
Off the record.
(Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Mccloy.
Commission Exhibit 776 is a series of checks which have been endorsed by Oswald, some in lead pencil and some in ink. Some of those endorsements seem to be, rather the handwriting seems to be, very irregular, loose, malformed, certain other ones very clear and quite regular, and in comparison with other standards of Oswald's I find some difficulty in conforming the signatures on certain of these endorsements to those standards. I wonder if you would look at these and tell me whether you have any comments in regard to the comments I have made about this--about these checks? The first two or three there seem to exemplify what I am talking about.
Mr. Cole.
In my opinion the endorsements on these checks show a moderately wide range of writing habit, and they also show variations which may be due to an attitude about the act of writing, and I am thinking especially of the more distorted signatures, such as that appearing on No. 2408; and by attitude I mean that a person might find the act of writing very inconvenient or distasteful or might actually be experiencing some strong emotion at the particular time.
Mr. Mccloy.
Could it be, might I interrupt, could it be that he was writing while he was in movement here, while he was in an automobile or some jolting vehicle?
Mr. Cole.
Well, that can affect handwriting, of course, but I believe it is unlikely, because the first letter of his name is well formed. The first letter of "Lee" on this endorsement of 2408 shows as much skill and control as any of the better signatures.
Mr. Mccloy.
You think maybe something irritated him in between?
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