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What does Handwriting Analysis say about Chris Watts?

At 2:07 in the clip below, Sherlock Holmes commences a rudimentary analysis of his arch-nemesis – using graphology.

Sherlock Holmes uses Professor Moriarty’s “inscription” to analyze him. He discerns:

“…a highly creative, yet meticulous nature. The slant and pressure of the handwriting tells Mr. Holmes he is dealing with a narcissist with a complete lack of empathy, and pronounced inclination toward moral insanity.”

Can we discern this from Watts’ scrawl?

What we discern from the neatness and the modesty of the writing is a meticulous nature. In both attachments below there isn’t a single scratched out word.

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Where the letters are joined to one another, there is sense of continuity, of logic. This implies someone who writes in cursive is more logical, whereas someone who separates their letters might be more imaginative. Some analysts believe print handwriting [where there are only separate letters] makes analysis impossible.

In the above sample, written at the end of July 2018, we see printed words initially, but as early as the second “The” the letters start connecting. By the 4th and 5th “the’s” the letters are more connected, and so are other letters, the c and t in addicted, the m and e in time. Even so, the words in the card are far less connected than in the note to his mother. Look at everyone, even, celebrate and there in the sample below.

Where there’s combination of print and cursive it indicates the ability to be flexible in difficult circumstances. An excess of block printing may indicate barriers to intimacy or an inability to express emotions. Block printing is also more associated with impulsivity than the more logical cursive style. The printer is more intuitive than logical.

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In Watts’ card to Kessinger, there is an overall left slant to the handwriting. Notice the first two K’s in Nikki, and all the I’s are slanted to the left. The left-slant style betrays a loner-type individual who prefers to be behind the scenes. If a right-handed person has left leaning handwriting, this may express rebellion.

In the signature below, the letters appear larger than Watts’ usual style, and proportionately quite large compared to other signatures. The size and wildly extravagant S possibly indicate anger at having to sign the document.

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A low tail in the letter d can indicate a lack of ambition. Closed o’s show a tendency toward introversion. The overall size and spacing of the letters confirms a reserved, introverted type. The mismatch in Watts’ writing stems from the relatively constrained style versus the use of exclamation marks. In his brief card to Kessinger there are two instances of double exclamation marks, and in the short excerpt to his mother, two exclamation marks. This seems to indicate an emotion person beneath the reserved exterior.

A possible sign of dishonesty in handwriting is when the slant changes direction. Two instances of this are the second M in Mom and the h in the first there, in Watts’ letter to Cindy Watts. Arguably there’s a third instance, the y in you is also slanting to the right.

By comparison, look at Shan’ann’s handwriting and signature [note, based on the date, the signature at the bottom might be forged by Watts].



  1. Janie

    Very interesting analysis! Seems to be consistent with what we know about Chris so far. I think handwriting analysis, and even more so, linguistic analysis, done by FBI profilers is so interesting. I remember watching a made for TV movie a while back, about FBI profiler, James R. Fitzgerald, and his work in finding the Unibomber, by analyzing the letters Ted Kaczynski began sending to the media. Fascinating!

  2. DrMartinPhD

    Except this is surface analysis at best. This doesn’t really tell us much of anything. This has been my career since 1987 after growing up in the industry so I’ll have to do a video on this and dig deeper as I did with Jeffrey Epstein’s so-called suicide note. Thanks for sharing.

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