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Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents

2nd Edition

Edited by Jan Seaman Kelly, Brian S. Lindblom

CRC Press

464 pages | 185 B/W Illus.

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Considered the forensic document examiner's bible, Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents is an authoritative and comprehensive reference that focuses on the pertinent advancements made within the field. This newest edition presents the qualifications necessary for a well-trained examiner and details the most up-to-date methodologies used in the field. An essential guide for the novice and the seasoned professional, it is also an informative reference for the layperson who is interested in the subject.

Featuring chapters written by several forensic document examination experts, this new edition is extensively revised to reflect post-1982 developments. Since that time, new avenues of written communication have emerged, as well as the proliferation of desktop computers and printers. Both of these factors have strongly impacted the nature of the examinations performed and the methodologies used. The book thoroughly explores the complexities involved in keeping current with these developments and does so, in some instances, aided by the presentation of a variety of documents and case studies.

Discussion topics include infra-red exams, the use of computer hardware and software in document examination, and innovative chart making techniques. New chapters cover computer printer technologies, facsimiles, techniques for the detection of digitally manipulated documents and photocopies, ASTM standards for reporting conclusions along with advanced examination techniques. Updated chapters include expanded discussion of ESDA and other analytical tools, document dating, modern stamp making technology, and more.


". . . considered the forensic document examiner’s bible . . . an authoritative and comprehensive reference . . . An essential guide for the novice and the seasoned professional, it is also an informative reference for the layperson interested in the subject."

– In Crime & Justice International, May/June 2007

Table of Contents


Organization and Content of Book, Brian S. Lindblom and Jan Seaman Kelly

What Is Forensic Document Examination? Brian S. Lindblom

A Forensic Document Examiner's Training, Brian S. Lindblom

The Document Case

Care and Handling of Documents, Jan Seaman Kelly

Work Notes, Jan Seaman Kelly

Science, Handwriting Examination, and the Courts

The Daubert Era, Kirsten Jackson

Conclusions and Guidelines for Handwriting Comparison, Carl McClary

Handwriting Examination and Comparison

Identification of Handwriting, Dan C. Purdy

Identification of Signatures, Howard C. Rile, Jr.

Identification of Hand Printing and Numerals,

Jan Seaman Kelly

Disguise in Hand Printing and Numerals,

Jan Seaman Kelly

Preparation and Collection of Signatures and

Handwriting Standards, Brian S. Lindblom

Mechanical and Electronic Impression Examinations and Comparisons

Pens and Pencils, Brian S. Lindblom

Typography, Bill Flynn

Typewriters, Mary W. Kelly

The Examination of Computer-Generated Documents

Appendix, Bill Flynn

Photocopiers, Bonnie L. Beal and Susan E. Morton

Facsimile Machines, Brian S. Lindblom

Manipulated Photocopies, Faxes, and Computer-Printed Documents, Brian S. Lindblom and Robert Gervais

Rubber Stamps, Jan Seaman Kelly

Check Writers, Tom Vastrick

Staples, Tom Vastrick

Conventional Printing and Paper Examinations

Printing Processes, Susan L. Fortunato

Paper Examinations, Susan L. Fortunato

Carbonless Paper, Tom Vastrick

Indented Writing Impressions

Accidental Markings and Indented Writing on

a Document, Farrell Shiver

Altered Documents

Alterations in Documents, Susan E. Morton and Bonnie L. Beal

The Age of a Document

Multifaceted Approach, Brian S. Lindblom

The Role of Indentation Analysis, Offsetting, and Transfer, Brian S. Lindblom

Dating by Materials: Identification, Comparison, and Examination of Changes, Brian S. Lindblom

Digital Photography and Enhancement

Cameras, Scanners, and Image Enhancement, Frank Hicks, Brian S. Lindblom, and Robert Gervais

ASTM Guidelines for Forensic Document Examination

Conclusions and Guidelines, Carl McClary

Preparing for Court Testimony

Consideration in Preparing for Court, Frank Hicks

Demonstrative Charts, Frank Hicks, Brian S. Lindblom, and Robert Gervais

Pretrial Conference, Frank Hicks

Preparation for a Daubert Hearing, Jan Seaman Kelly and Kirsten Jackson

Unqualified and Pseudoexpert Witnesses, Jan Seaman Kelly

The Document Examiner's Testimony in Court, Jan Seaman Kelly



About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science