Using a sample of John Ramsey's printed handwriting available on the Internet, I have made seven visual comparison charts for analysis. In one set (of three), I have compared John's handwriting to that of the Ransom Note author (which, of course, is printed). In another set (of four), I have compared the words available in John's sample with the same words in the Ransom Note, and also with the exact same words printed by Patsy Ramsey from three different sources - (1) Patsy's right hand sample of the Ransom Note, (2) Patsy's "spontaneous" letter written at the request of investigators, and (3) Patsy's "London Letter." There are several avenues of exploration available to us in performing an analysis of the comparisons I have posted below. Lacking the originals, it is difficult to determine actual pen pressure, and since we are dealing with copies of copies, it is also difficult to ascertain true pastosity. However, we can still analyze slant, the use of space (between letters, between words, between lines and on the page), speed, rhythm, zones, loops, connecting strokes, and other defining traits such as unique individual letter formations. To begin, I would like to address the issue of "slant." It is an important component of handwriting analysis. The slant of a personâ€™s handwriting reveals their emotional response to the outside world. A person whose handwriting slants towards the left will try to avoid emotional situations. A person whose handwriting slants right is more willing to communicate their emotions. An example of this would be someone who has lost their best friend to cancer. A person with left slanting handwriting might compartmentalize that loss, and repress it until they could possibly handle the grief at a later time. A person with right slanting handwriting would tend to feel the pain of the moment, and express their grief to others. It has been said by a person on this forum that my â€œgraphology skills are not evident.â€ Therefore, it would be meaningless for me to extrapolate my own explanation of slant in handwriting analysis. After twenty-five years of doing handwriting analysis, I apparently know nothing on the subject. So, in order to satisfy those who would not listen to my own explanation regarding slant, I quote several graphology experts below. Certified graphologist, Sheila Lowe, says, â€œWriting slant tracks the moment-to-moment flow of feelings and responses. It demonstrates surface reactions but not the deeper emotional expression found in some other areas of handwriting, such as pressure â€¦. Handwriting is a lot like body language â€¦. The degree to which handwriting slants to the right or left reveals how much the writer want to be involvedâ€ with other people. Ms. Lowe goes on to say, â€œSlant also shows how spontaneous oneâ€™s emotional reactions are, and how receptive the writer is, both to internal and external events. It also reveals how well he controls his responses after filtering them through this rational mind. In other words, slant depends on how fast the writer responds and reacts. The steadiness of the slant reveals the writerâ€™s emotional equilibrium.â€ Andrea McNichol is a certified expert witness and graphology consultant for American and British law enforcement. In her book on handwriting analysis, Ms. McNichol says, â€œSlant reveals the degree to which you express your real emotional feelings to others.â€ â€œSlanting to the right is to express your real emotional feelings, to be demonstrative, affectionate, passionate. It also means oriented toward the future â€¦. Writing vertically is to suppress your real emotional feelings. Itâ€™s the slant associated with diplomacy in that you neither express nor repress your feelings. It also means oriented toward the present â€¦. Slanting to the left is to repress your real emotional feelings, to think one thing but say another, to lean over backward to avoid emotional situations. It also means oriented toward the past â€¦. The unstable slant is a slant constantly changing directions and means to lack control over the expression of your emotions, to be emotionally unstable.â€ Graphology teachers, Karen Amend and Mary Ruiz, have this to say about the psychology of slant. â€œWhenever you write, you are expressing your present situation, so that all writing is an instantaneous graph of that exact moment. But writing is also a sequential movement that takes place through time. The beginning of a message is older than its end â€¦. The left of the page, left of a word, the beginning stroke â€“ these are all placements in the past. Alternately, the right of the page, the right of a word and the ending strokes are all directions to the future. It can be seen that this left/right movement through time takes place along the baseline in the horizontal dimension â€¦. Horizontal movement is a measure of external orientation and social development. Here you can observe the manner in which the writer faces life situations, his abilities to communicate and express himself emotionally, his choices of behavior and his objective." Of course, a person may change the slant of their handwriting at any time. I, myself, usually write with no slant in a straight up-and-down fashion, but if I'm in a hurry, or feeling very "out-going" at the moment, I will sometimes write with a slightly forward slant. A person may also change the slant of their handwriting in times of stress. I know of one person who withdrew into themselves after a personal tragedy, and their handwriting also changed becoming slanted backwards, or away from people, as it were. However, slant is usually fairly consistent to each individual with a small degree of variance such as mentioned previously. In addition, a person under great emotional turmoil and stress at a given time will sometimes write with a varied slant, and even change the slant of the letters while writing them so it looks like the "back" of the letter is "breaking." It is indicative of the emotional pressure weighing down on the person. Their letters cannot even stand up straight. We find both the different slants, and especially the bent letters in the handwriting of the Ransom Note author. John Ramsey prints with a backwards slant which correlates with what we know of his personality. The Ransom Note author prints primarily in a straight-up-and-down fashion, or slant to the right, with a few left slants thrown in. The inner turmoil experienced by the Ransom Note author is revealed in the bent letters which speak of the enormous pressure under which they were written. Patsy Ramsey prints in either a straight-up-and-down fashion, or with a slant to the right. This also matches what we know of Patsy's personality. (Her cursive handwriting usually has a right slant.) The first .jpg is posted below. It compares the slant of John Ramsey's printed handwriting with that of the Ransom Note author's handwriting.