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Handwriting analysis expected to figure in Durst case
Handwriting analysis expected to figure in Durst case

Prosecutors in Ventura County once used a woman's distinctive signature — with its angular J and a D with a flowing tail — to help put her behind bars for the murder of her lover's wife. The penmanship on a blood-stained, folded piece of paper led San Diego detectives to a serial-killing carpet cleaner who had slashed the throats of three women and a toddler. And a handwriting expert was one of the first witnesses who testified in Los Angeles against the man accused of killing Bill Cosby's son, Ennis, to prove he wrote incriminating jailhouse letters. Handwriting evidence has a long and sometimes controversial history. Now it appears likely to feature once...

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