Forensic Handwriting in Children's Past Lives
Updated: Feb 9
Forensic handwriting analysis is a comprehensive comparative analysis between a questioned document and known handwriting of a suspected writer.
The first ‘scientific’ analysis of handwriting was conducted in 1622 by Italian philosopher, Camillo Baldi. In 1625, he published the Trattato, which described the study of handwriting as, “Manifestation reflecting something of its writer’s inner makeup.”*
By 1930, the FBI incorporated the cutting edge field of scientific crime detection into its investigations. Outside experts were hired to study, among other evidence, fingerprints, ballistics, and handwriting comparison (now referred to as forensic handwriting).
Forensic handwriting combines the fields of optics, psychology, and physiology.
The Pen Company Blog (thepenncompany.com/blog/handwriting-what-are-the-12-characteristics-of-handwriting analysis) explains the twelve characteristics taken into consideration by the forensic handwriting analysts.
1. LINE SPACING
Do the lines flow or are they shaky and irregular? This indicates the speed of the writing.
2. WORD AND LETTER SPACING
Are the letters and words equally spaced out, or are they bunched together? Or, is there seemingly no pattern to the spacing?
3. SIZE CONSISTENCY
Is the ratio of height to width consistent in each letter?
4. PEN LIFTS
Does the writer lift the pen from the paper or is the writing continuous? Excessive pen lifts can hint at simulation — someone deliberately altering their natural handwriting or copying that of another.
5. CONNECTING STROKES
Are uppercase and lowercase letters connected and continuous?
6. LETTERS COMPLETE
Are the letters fully formed, or are parts missing?
7. CURSIVE AND PRINTED LETTERS
Are the letters cursive, printed, or a combination of both?
8. PEN PRESSURE
Is the pen pressure equal for upward and downward strokes? When is the pressure applied?
Do the letters slant to the left or the right, or does this vary?
10. BASELINE HABITS
Is the writing on the baseline of the paper, above the line, or below the line?
11. FLOURISHES AND EMBELLISHMENTS
Are there any fancy curls, loops or anything else unusual in the writing?
12. DIACRITIC PLACEMENT
Where are the crosses on t’s and dots on i’s? Are the t’s crossed? Is the cross on the t at the top, middle or bottom of the letter? Are the I’s dotted? If so, are they dotted to the left, the centre, or the right of the I?
It is worth noting that a person may form a letter differently depending on where it appears in a word. Analysts like to find an example of each in the writing they are viewing.
Other things to be considered are spelling, phrasing and grammar.
While investigating and comparing each of the above categories, analysis also needs to consider the following.
Factors that can result in changes to a person’s handwriting:
How much time they have to write
The writing instrument used
Drink and drugs
Trying to write differently
The last one is fascinating, as analysis teams also know exactly how people may try to change their handwriting and can, therefore, consider that.
With its exhaustive list of criteria, it is no wonder that forensic analysis is routinely utilized by the FBI and CIA. Additionally, the majority of courts uphold that forensic document examination is admissible evidence, based on the supposition that no two people’s handwriting can be identical.
Forensic Scientist Vikram Raj Singh Chauhan has done extensive research on the correlation between past lives and forensic handwriting analysis. His findings have been presented at the National Conference of Forensic Scientists at Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India.
It is of note that I am a Forensics fanatic. I watch all forensic-related TV shows (needless to say, way too many). I am fascinated by the process of apprehending a suspect utilizing DNA, blood, fingerprinting, and handwriting analysis. Additionally, I have had numerous past-lives. Thus, I was riveted when I came upon Vikram Chauhan’s cutting edge research on the correlation between past-lives and handwriting.
Chauhan’s initial study involved two boys from India-Taranjit Singh and Satnam Singh.
That both boys had identical last names seemed very synchronistic to me- until I discovered that Singh is the 6th most common surname in the world, and the second most common in India. Incidentally, researcher Vikram Raj Chauhan’s full name is Vikram Raj Singh Chauhan. Thus, to avoid any confusion, I will refer to the boys by their first names only-Taranjit and Satnam.
According to researcher Chauhan, a six-year-old boy named Taranjit from the village of Alluna Miana, India, has claimed since early childhood that he had lived a previous life as Satnam. Taranjit insists that Satnam had lived in the village of Chakkchela, and had been killed while riding his bike home from school. Indeed, on September 10, 1992, Satnam was riding his bike home when he was hit by a motor scooter. He received massive head injuries and died the next day.
An investigation verified the many details Taranjit knew about Satnam's life His present father, Ranjit Singh, stated that as time passed, Taranjit became more and more insistent that he had lived as Satnam.
His persistence led to an investigation which verified numerous details Taranjit knew about Satnam’s life.
Tarnjit recalled that the school-books that Satnam carried on his bike were splattered with blood. Additionally, he knew the exact amount of money Satnam had carried in his wallet at the time of his death.
In memory of their dead son, Satnam’s family had kept several of his school notebooks, filled with writing assignments. Handwriting experts compared Satnam’s and Taranjit’s, and concluded they were virtually identical.
This is astounding because Taranjit, due to his family’s poverty, had never attended school. Thus, he was unable to read or write. Yet, when an investigator asked him to write both the English and Punjabi alphabet (the native language in the cultural region of Punjab, in Northwest India), he wrote them correctly. This is truly inexplicable-unless Taranjit had indeed lived as Satnam, retaining his reading and writing skills.
Chauhan had numerous experts examine both boy’s handwriting samples, and all agreed they were identical.
It’s a basic theory of forensic science that no two handwriting styles can be identical, because each person’s handwriting has specific characteristics.
Chauhan has claimed, “I have some scientific basis to claim rebirth is possible, but I wish to do more research on the subject and am closely monitoring the development of this child.”
According to an article published in the Indian Tribune regarding this story, journalist Jupinderjit Singh (another coincidental surname?) claims:
“If it is presumed that the soul is transferred from one person to another than it can be inferred that the mind will remain the same. Thus, if Satnam Singh’s soul was believed to have been transferred into Taranjit Singh’s body, then it stood reason that the handwriting of Taranjit Singh would correspond with Satnam’s”.**
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