2nd Edition

Huber and Headrick's Handwriting Identification Facts and Fundamentals, Second Edition

By Heidi H. Harralson, Larry S. Miller Copyright 2018
    444 Pages
    by CRC Press

    442 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    "Forensic document examination is the study of physical evidence and physical evidence cannot lie. Only its interpretation can err. Only the failure to find it, or to hear its true testimony can deprive it of its value."—Roy Huber

    This is a comprehensive update of Huber and Headrick's seminal work on handwriting examination. New coverage includes a review of forensic handwriting examination research, handwriting analysis training and proficiency, revised methods and procedures, an updated listing and clarification of terminology and electronic signatures, the analysis of digitized handwriting, and other related technological advances. The book includes updated photographs, several added illustrations, and advances in techniques based on the scientific research conducted in the area over the last 20 years.

    Features of the new edition include:

    • The latest on electronic signatures, digital handwriting, automated handwriting verification, and the many advances in technology and research over the last two decades

    • An overview of the fundamentals of handwriting examination with updated discussion of the intrinsic and extrinsic variables associated with handwriting identification

    • A review of the criticism of handwriting expert opinions and methodology, addressing both the strengths and scientific limitations of the area

    • Fully revised while remaining true to the spirit and approach of original authors Roy Huber and A. M. Headrick

    • Addition of nearly 200 new references and new glossary terms representing advances in research and methods.

    With extensive photographs to help clearly illustrate concepts, Huber and Headrick’s Handwriting Identification: Facts and Fundamentals, Second Edition serves as an invaluable reference to law libraries, practicing document examiners, forensic and criminal justice students, and every lawyer handling cases in which the authenticity of handwriting and documents might be disputed.

    Introduction. The World of Documents. 1. History of Forensic Document Examination 2. The Development of Handwriting 3. The Discrimination of Handwriting 4. Premises for the Identification of Handwriting 5. Fundamentals of the Identification Process 6. Discrimination and Identification of Handwriting 7. Special Problems in the Discrimination and Identification of Writing 8. Extrinsic Factors Influencing Handwriting 9. Intrinsic Factors Influencing Handwriting 10. Requirements and Results 11. The Diagnosis of Handwriting Identification 12. Handwriting, Document Analysis, and Electronic Media 13. Evaluating Document Examiner Competency 14. Science and Handwriting Identification 15. Terminology  References  Appendix A


    Heidi Harralson, M.A., CDE, D-BFDE holds a Master’s degree in Handwriting Science & Forensic Document Examination, Prescott College, Prescott, Arizona. She is a forensic document examiner with Spectrum Forensic International, LLC in Tucson, Arizona. An instructor, expert witness, and certified forensic document examiners with over 25 years of experience, she is board certification with the Board of Forensic Document Examiners whose certification procedures are accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB).

    Larry S. Miller, Ph.D., D-BFDE is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). He received his Bachelor of Science from ETSU, a Master of Science from Eastern Kentucky University, and his Ph.D. in Health & Safety with collaterals in Forensic Anthropology and Criminology from The University of Tennessee. Miller, who has worked as a police officer, criminal investigator, and crime laboratory director, teaches in the area of law enforcement and is the author of several books on topics including forensic document examination, criminal investigation, criminal justice report writing, police photography, and more.