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  • Originally posted by Iconoclast View Post

    Hi Graham,

    Quite right - respect is due, your No. 2 spot in the Orsam rankings is both worthy and meritful (the spell checker doesn't like this word so I've added it to my dictionary to get rid of that tiresome red underline). I only mentioned c.d.'s 3rd place because he/she mentioned it themselves. To date, Caz hasn't commented on her respectable 4th place, but I have no doubt that being out of the medal places will drive her on in the future !
    The future starts now, in that case! I've only just read about my 'respectable' 4th place in Orsam's heart last summer, and can only hope to be on the podium soon, if not already.

    Love,

    Caz
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    • Originally posted by Graham View Post
      Inside Story is a must-read, and I'm disappointed that lovely Caz no longer posts on these boards; I'm sure I speak for most when I say, 'Come back Caz, your deep knowledge and your sense of fair play are very much missed. As is your sense of humour, a rarity here these days.'

      Grahan
      Originally posted by Iconoclast View Post

      Hear hear Graham - it is a national scandal that Caz no longer posts on Casebook and I for one demand action by the powers that be.

      What do we want? Caz posts!
      When do we want them? Now!

      Okay, fingers crossed …

      Ike
      Cheers chaps, but I don't remember ever going away - not for very long anyway. Just a couple of Maybrick threads from last year, including this one, which I've only just caught up with.

      They can't get rid of me that easily.

      Love,

      Caz
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      • Melvin Harris made a cryptic comment years ago -- maybe it was a post on this site or in one of his essays. He said "Lay off of Kane." What could he have meant by this? Kane was an old man then.

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        • Hi Scotty,

          Melvin was furious when his suspected penman's name came out publicly, so at the time it appeared that he was afraid of a potential libel action, as he had no actual evidence that Kane was involved. It was all groundless speculation and suspicion, based on the flimsiest circumstantial evidence.

          If the diary author disguised his/her handwriting, and therefore couldn't be conclusively identified, that may explain why Melvin didn't dare name the suspect himself. Accusing a living person on the sole basis that their handwriting can't rule them out as a fraudster [which could have applied to pretty much any literate English speaker alive at the right time] must surely be a risky business.

          Love,

          Caz
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          • OK thank you Caroline. Does anybody see a similarity between Ann Graham's handwriting and that in the Diary?

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            • Some do, others don't, Scotty - so it comes down to personal opinion.

              That is not nearly enough to make a case for Anne Graham being willing or able to commit fraud to keep her husband happy, by disguising her handwriting over 63 pages. When Mike took the diary to London, who stood to gain most financially from its publication, if not Mike, Shirley and Robert Smith? What would have been in it for Anne in March/April 1992, to make it worth the risk of exposure and a prison sentence, and the repercussions for her young daughter? What experience and expertise did she have with literary hoaxes, to make her believe she could succeed where the fakers of the Hitler and Mussolini Diaries failed?

              Love,

              Caz
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              • Originally posted by caz View Post
                Some do, others don't, Scotty - so it comes down to personal opinion.

                That is not nearly enough to make a case for Anne Graham being willing or able to commit fraud to keep her husband happy, by disguising her handwriting over 63 pages. When Mike took the diary to London, who stood to gain most financially from its publication, if not Mike, Shirley and Robert Smith? What would have been in it for Anne in March/April 1992, to make it worth the risk of exposure and a prison sentence, and the repercussions for her young daughter? What experience and expertise did she have with literary hoaxes, to make her believe she could succeed where the fakers of the Hitler and Mussolini Diaries failed?

                Love,

                Caz
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                • Originally posted by Scott Nelson View Post
                  OK thank you Caroline. Does anybody see a similarity between Ann Graham's handwriting and that in the Diary?
                  Lord Orsam does

                  https://forum.casebook.org/forum/rip...dwriting/page3
                  "Is all that we see or seem
                  but a dream within a dream?"

                  -Edgar Allan Poe


                  "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
                  quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

                  -Frederick G. Abberline

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                  • The samples of Anne Graham's handwriting Barrat posted look like that of a left-handed writer. The Diary writing appears to be right-handed. I don't know how one could say she was ambidextrous. The sample comparisons between the letters and the Diary don't really agree, or nothing really jumps out at me.

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                    • Hi Scotty,

                      I seem to remember somebody did once suggest Anne could be ambidextrous, which I took to mean that, like you, they thought the available examples appeared to show she was normally left-handed, while the diary appeared to have been written by a right-handed person.

                      I may be wrong, but the direction of all the diagonal crossings out in the actual diary [bottom left to top right, as opposed to top left to bottom right] do suggest to me that a right-handed person wrote it.

                      Love,

                      Caz
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