The so-called DC Madam, Deborah Palfrey, made the choice this last week to opt out by choosing suicide rather than face the prospect of prison time.
There has been a considerable amount of blog activity by conspiracy theorists saying that her suicide notes were in fact forgeries. They speculate that Mrs. Palfrey was murdered in order to keep her from identifying key high government officials or Washington D.C. insiders in power positions.
I don’t claim to be a forensic handwriting examiner, but I have devoted the last 30 years of my life to handwriting analysis and was instrumental in the discovery the first significant advancement to the science in the last 150 years. I believe Mrs. Palfrey wrote the suicide notes herself. I concluded this after carefully examining and analyzing three additional samples that she wrote several years ago. The content of these notes match the suicide notes.
My company’s (Written Inc.) product, Candidate Insight, analyzes handwriting primarily for businesses. Our reports help screen out the bad apples and identify the super-stars with a 95% accuracy rate. We use a 4-step approach involving real people like me and a sophisticated software program with complex algorithms and artificial intelligence. The result is an easy-to-read one-page personality profile that describes the person and uncovers hidden traits.
From my experience, the notes would have been nearly impossible to forge. The methodology that most handwriting analysts embrace is a one-to-one ratio; That is, if you cross a “t” a certain way it means “x” or dot an “I” and it means “xx”, etc. Our software system goes farther by taking a certain set of criteria and creating , in some instances, an entirely new solution. In essence, that’s the magic of what we do.
Ms. Palfrey’s handwriting was very consistent and didn’t have any of the usual elements of a forgery; differences in pressure and changes in the style or the slant . My own theory is that the personality of the forger will eventually shine through and be incorporated into the document being copied.
Please see Ms. Palfrey’s Candidate Insight report below. We identified her as someone with erratic mood changes, anxious, stressed and preoccupied with death, dying and suicide.I don’t believe there was a conspiracy or a forgery. I think she was in a quandary like the thief who tried to sell stolen property and was cheated by her “fence”. To whom can you complain? She was involved in illegal acts that exploited women and tried to pass it off as the “consenting adults” scenario. Heidi Fleiss had the same argument but the courts convicted her too. The difference; she opted to do her time.
Written Inc. Founder