Below is a page of the sniper's
handwriting. There are several things to consider but the most striking
aspects are the numerous inconsistencies, the large spaces between the
words, the dark pressure and the deliberate, forceful quality of the
The heavy pressure and the
strong downstrokes show the sniper's deliberate intent. There is a
rebellious anti-social quality throughout. We see this mainly in the
left slant, heavy t-bars, irregular margins and large gaps between
It is more than likely that this
is the handwriting of the 17 year-old sniper. The roundedness together
with the simplicity and unsophisticated formations show a lack of
maturity while the inconsistency of slant and the variable size of the
middle zone letters point to his emotional instability.
The need for lined paper and the
obvious spelling mistakes also have to be taken into consideration. The
sniper's lack of education together with his inability to relate
socially, underpins his obsessive intention to cause harm.
But most striking of all is the
calculated, callous, deliberate and intentional quality which gives this
sniper's message such menace.
Look at the carefully dotted i's
and carefully crossed t-bars. Also see the unusually firm downstrokes
throughout. Also the speed of writing is slow and deliberate.
And finally, notice how towards
the end of the page, the words lose tension and become slacker as with
growing enthusiasm he warms to his subject.
He seems to be on a wave of
euphoria as his mission appears to be reaching its premeditated