The Anonymous Letter Writer—A Psychological Profile?

    Volume 29, Issue 3 (July 1984)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Page Count: 4

    Casey-Owens, M
    Chief document examiner, Crime Laboratory, Chicago, IL

    (Received 19 March 1983; accepted 3 November 1983)


    Anonymous letters fall into many categories—threats, obscene messages, racial slurs, extortion demands, guilty conscience statements, stool pigeon letters, robbery or burglary notes, and so forth. These are examined by the document examiner for any information that may lead to the identity of the writer. Such examinations involve unusual aspects of paper or envelopes, watermarks, detection of indented impressions, and so on, and also a comparison with previous anonymous submissions. Several cases will be discussed where, additionally, psychological profiles of the writer were produced by a psychiatrist and a psychologist, based upon the content of the letters.

    Paper ID: JFS11740J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11740J

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    Title The Anonymous Letter Writer—A Psychological Profile?
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30