The Forged Suicide Note

Evidence Of A Coverup


TEXT OF THE NOTE

     I made mistakes from ignorance, inexperience and overwork
     I did not knowingly violate any law or standard of conduct
     No one in The White House, to my knowledge, violated any law or
     standard of conduct, including any action in the travel office.
     There was no intent to benefit any individual or specific group
     The FBI lied in their report to the AG
     The press is covering up the illegal benefits they received from
     the travel staff
     The GOP has lied and misrepresented its knowledge and role and
     covered up a prior investigation
     The Ushers Office plotted to have excessive costs incurred, taking
     advantage of Kaki and HRC
     The public will never believe the innocence of the Clintons and
     their loyal staff
     The WSJ editors lie without consequence
     I was not meant for the job or the spotlight of public life in
     Washington. Here ruining people is considered sport



The Strategic Investment Report



An Independent Forensic Examination
    Of a Torn Note Allegedly
Written by Vincent W. Foster, Jr.


Prepared for Strategic Investment

James Dale Davidson, Editor

25 October 1995

Table of Contents

Page 1 Statement of James Dale Davidson

Page 3 Biography of Vincent J. Scalice

Page 4 Biography of R.E. Alton

Page 5 Biography of Ronald H. Rice

Page 6 Scalice Findings

Page 11 Alton FIndings

Page 14 Rice Findings

Page 18 Transcript of Torn Note

Page 19 Photocopy of Torn Note(Q1)

Page 20 Photocopy of Park Police examplar(K1)

Page 21 Photocopy of note written by Foster in April, 1993(K2, note is redacted at recipient's request)

Page 23 Photocopy of notes written by Foster relating to the Whitewater partnership(K3-12)


For Immediate Release

October 25, 1995

For More Info Contact: Anne Dunne 410-576-0900

EXPERTS SAY FOSTER "SUICIDE" NOTE IS A FORGERY

At a press conference this morning at Washington's Willard Hotel, James Dale Davidson announced the findings of an international panel of forensic panel (sic) who examined a copy of a note that was found in Foster's briefcase shortly after his death.

The panel of three forensic handwriting experts have determined that the note is a forgery, and not written by the late Deputy White House Counsel.

James Dale Davidson, Editor of Strategic Investment, a premier world financial newsletter, offered the following statement today:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Strategic Investment has asked a forensic panel of handwriting experts to examine the so-called "suicide" note, said to have been written by the late Vincent Foster.

The panel's conclusions were collected over a three month period. Each panelist worked independently and came to their own conclusions without interference.

They completed their study with far greater care, thoroughness, and apparent accuracy than the federal institutions that were intended to protect us. It is indeed ironic, that Vincent Foster, as the number two lawyer in the White House and one of the highest ranking law enforcement officials in this land--would have his own death covered up.

The fabrication of a "suicide" note by high officials, is just one more indication that Vincent Foster did not commit suicide.

With us today are our expert panel whose reports you have copies of, as well as the torn note, and a set of known documents written by Vincent Foster.

Mr. Reginald E. Alton, from Oxford Univeristy, has flown in for this conference. He is a world-recognized expert on handwriting and manuscript authentication. For 30 years he has lectured at Oxford on handwriting, and has engaged in forensic document examination.

Recently he ruled on the authenticity of C.S. Lewis's Diaries. He has been consulted by British police authorities and has testified in British courts on both criminal and civil matters involving questioned documents.

He has determined the note to be a forgery.

Mr. Vincent Scalice, is formerly a homicide expert with the New York City Police Department. He is a certified Questioned Document Examiner with the American Board of Forensic Examiners. He has 22 years experience as a document examiner, and has worked for some of the countryıs largest institutions in this capacity, for example Citicorp and Chemical Bank.

He has determined the note to be a forgery.

Mr. Ronald Rice has 18 years experience performing civil, criminal and forensic handwriting examination. He is a consultant to the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. He has examined documents on a number of celebrated cases, and recently was asked by CNN to examine notes written by O.J. Simpson.

He too has determined the note to be a forgery.

Three experts--70 years of combined forensic examination experience--conclude forgery.

Both the Park Police and later the FBI determined the note to have been written by Mr. Foster.

But look more closely. The Capitol Police handwriting expert compared the so-called Foster note to only one document--which is not in keeping with a proper and complete examination. We learn today from Mr. Christopher Ruddy, the reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the the Park Police used the services of [a] Sergeant from the Capitol Police who has never been certified as a document examiner.

Later the FBI, and former Special Counsel Robert Fiske reports, found the note to have been written by Foster, again by comparing it to a single document and several checks written by Foster. Like so much of the duplicity in the Fiske report, we learn that the checks proved an inconclusive match to the note. The FBI violated standard forensic procedures to match the document.

Former FBI Director William Sessions has charged that his firing the day before Foster's death led to a "compromised" investigation into the death. Political considerations have guided Foster's death investigation from the beginning. Allegedly, in America, no one is above the law. But the investigations, by the Park Police, Fiske, and the Beltway insider Kenneth Starr, show that the law applies differently to different people.

We at Strategic Investment believe that the evidence in this case overwhelmingly points to murder. It is a threat to the credibility of America's justice system that possible obstruction of justice by the Park Police and the FBI is whitewashed.


The following is the resumes of the three experts that determined that the Vince Foster suicide note was a forgery.


Vincent J. Scalice

Vincent J. Scalice is a certified Questioned Document Examiner with the American Board of Forensic Examiners. Mr. Scalice began studying handwriting analysis over forty years ago, and for the past 22 years has engaged in forensic document examination as a specility. He has testified in hundreds of court cases on civil and criminal matters (please note this too..) pertaining to questioned documents. He has conducted forensic document examination for some of the nation's largest commerical banks, including Citibank and Chemical Bank.

In 1977, Mr. Scalice retired from the New York City Police Department after 21 years of service as a detective first grade with specialties in Identification, Latent Fingerprint Analysis and Crime Scene reconstruction. Since his retirement he has been Executive Director of Forensic Control Systems of Staten Island, New York. He has served as a Consultant to the House Committee on Assassinations which investigated the deaths of President John Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He currently serves as chairman of the Executive Board of Scientific and technical Advisors for the American Board of Forensic Examiners.


R. E. Alton

Reginald E. Alton is a world-reconized expert on handwriting examination and manuscript authentication. He has 30 years experience in the field of forensic document examiniation, and has lectured during this period at Oxford University on handwriting and manuscripts, including the detection of forgery and the identification of handwriting to Doctoral and research students in the University of Oxford. In recent years he ruled on charges that some of the manuscripts of the late C.S. Lewis were a forgery. He validated their authenticity. He has ruled on numerous questioned documents and manuscripts, including such noteworthy historical figures as Donne, Shelley, Christina Rossetti, to modern day authors as Oscar Wilde. He has been consulted by civil bodies and by British police authorities and has testified as an expert witness in British courts on criminal matters relating to questioned documents, and has been consulted on anonyous letters and other forgeries.

Mr. Alton, M.C., M.A., is an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, and is currently Dean of Degrees at St Edmund Hall, Oxford's oldest institution for undergraduates. He was Fellow, Tutor and Vice-Principal of St. Edmund Hall and has served as Chairman of the English faculty, as well as lecturer at Pembroke, Jesus and Exeter Colleges in the Univesity of Oxford.


Ronald H. Rice

Ronald H. Rice has 18 years experience performing civil, criminal and forensic handwriting examination. He is a Board Certified Handwriting Examiner and Board Certified Forensic Examiner with the American Board of Forensic Examiners, and a member of the National Association of Document Examiners. He has consulted on numerous civil and criminal cases relating to questioned documents, and has testified in state and federal courts. He is currently under contract with the criminal division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's office. He has examined documents in a number of celebrated cases including handwritten documents by Ted Bundy, the alleged Boston Strangler, Lizzie Borden and recently, documents written/printed by O.J. Simpson for CNN (please note that last one). He has been asked to examine documents for the commanding officer of a U.S. Army Military Police Company in West Germany while on reserve training as well as for the United States Navy Investigative Services while a reserve member of Navel Intelligence, attached to Navel Investigative Services. He also serves as a document consulatant for numerous corporations, major law firms and insurance companies in matters relating to questioned documents.

Mr. Rice is the owner of Checkmate, Inc., D.B.A. New England Legal Investigations, based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a private investigator for 13 years and a licensed detective for 20 years. He is the published author of the most comprehensive handwriting examination training course currently available through the American Board of Forensic Examiners and trains people in handwriting examination thoughout the country.


Vincent J. Scalice on Foster Suicide Note Forgery


						September 6, 1995
						Case# 2043

Mr. James D. Davidson
Strategic Investment

Re: Handwriting Examination & Comparison of
    Vincent W. Foster Jr.

Dear Mr. Davidson:

As previously stated, there are numerous marked differences
in regard to execution of stroke and invidual letter formations
between the Questioned (Q1) note and the known standards
(K1 - K10).  A random list of some of the more obvious
differences is as follows:

1.  "Th" formations:

    There are numerous "Th" letter formations, eighteen
    (18) in all present in the Questioned note (Q1) which
    are markedly different from the "Th" formations in
    the known samples examined.  These "Th" letter formations
    appear in the following words in the Questioned note:

    "The"
    "Their"
    "They"
    "Without"

2.  Word "To" appearing in Questioned, (Q1) differs in
    execution with To's in Known standards.

3.  Marked diffences in all Printed capital letter formations
    between Questioned & Known.
    See:

    A; B; F; G; I; J; N; S; T; U; V & W.

4.  Discrepancies in Handwritten capital latter betwen
    Questioned and Known appear in regard to following:

    C's H's I's & U's

5.  Handwritten small (lower case) letter formations are
    numerous.  Differences are noted in regard to almost
    all of the individual letter formations throughout.

6.  Differences in regard to Handwritten Words include:

    "did"
    "for"
    "not"
    "the"
    "to"
    "Clintons", etc.

Please note the forgoing illustrations exhibit only
a random sampling of the inconsistences notes througout
the Questioned and Known writings examined.  It should not
be considered all inclusive.

Should you require graphic exhibits or charts to further
illustrate the inconsistences notes, please provide at
least two (2) weeks advance notice to allow sufficient time
for preparaton.

                        Respectfully submitted,

                        Vincent J. Scalice
                        Forensic Consultant
                        Document Examiner


October 6, 1995

James D. Davidson
Strategic Investment

Dear Mr. Davidson:

At your request I have examined a photocopy of the Questioned
Document said to be written by Vincent W. Foster, Jr., with 
several photocopied exemplars identified as the known writing
of Vincent Foster.

Q-1  begins as follows:  "I made mistakes from ignorance,
     inexperience and overwork..."

Q-1  was examined and compared with several photocopied
     examplars.

K-1  is a note written by Vincent Foster on June 18, 1993,
     and is used as the sole examplar by the U.S. Park Police
     to certify Q-1 as genuine.

K-2  is a note written by Vincent Foster on his stationary
     and dated April 15, 1993.  The note is signed.

K-3  is a single page document containing notes made by
     Vincent Foster and found in the U.S. Park Police
     report.

K-4  are documents written by Vincent Foster relating to
thru the Whitewater partnership and presented to the Senate's
K-10 Special Whitewater committee.

K-11 are various notes and documents containing the sign-
thru ature of Vincent Foster and found in the U.S. Park
k-14 Police report.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this examination and comparison was to determine
whether or not the document in question was actually written
by Vincent Foster, Jr.

RESULTS

As a result of comprehensive and thorough analysis of the
Questioned and Known photocopied documents undery varying
degrees of magnification, I have arrived at the following
determinations:

1.  Although some generalized degree of similarity exists
    between the photocopied questioned document with the
    known samples furnished, upon closer detailed examin-
    ation and comparison numerous marked differences have
    been noted throughout the writtings.

2.  Most of the execution, form and style of the writing
    contained in Q-1 is not consitent with the writings
    found in K-1 thru K-14.  There are numerous inconsis-
    tencies found througout Q-1 in regard to individual
    letter formation.  Marked differences are noted in
    execution of stroke and the beginning of letter forma-
    tions.  The document, Q-1, exhibits a style less conti-
    nous and flowing than the writing contained in the known
    documents.

3.  Based upon the above observation and comparisions of
    the photocopied documents I have formed the opinion
    that it is not posssible to state that the questioned
    document was written by Vincent Foster.  The document
    appears to be a simulation of Foster's writing result-
    ing in an unsuccessful attempt to produce a credible
    forgery.

ADDITIONAL FINDINGS

1.  Q-1 is not consistent with a suicide note.  It makes
    no mention of intentional harm to oneself.  There is
    no signature and no date.  Significantly, there is no
    mention of characteristic statements of departure for
    loved ones, the putting of affairs in order, or a motive
    for suicide.  THe writer of Q-1 does not give any indication
    of clinical depression or apparent suicidal tendencies.

2.  It is highly doubtful that the missing piece from
    Q-1 would have contained his signature.

3.  Q-1, had it been torn by decedent into 28 pieces,
    should certainly have left numerous latent print
    impressions.

4.  The use of only K-1 by the U.S. Park Police is not
    consistent with standard forensic document examination.
    Police should have obtained independent, additional
    samples of Vincent Foster's handwritting executed during
    the normal course of business and from other sources.
    Normally, in the course of a homicide investigation,
    it would be improper for police to accept a single
    document from a family member, and to form an opinion
    based on same.

5.  The use of a single document and a series of checks
    alleged to have been written by Vincent Foster by
    The FBI's Questioned Document section is not consistent
    with standard forensic document examination.

6.  Official reports omit any examination by the FBI of
    a psycholinguistic analysis of Q-1 compared with the
    known writing of decedent.  This omission is serious
    considering the disjointed statements found in Q-1.

7.  The long amount of time before Q-1 was found, and the
    unusual circumstances of its discovery, should have
    aroused suspicion that the time may have been
    used to execute the fraudulent note.  Also, the
    findng of the note in 28 pieces, one piece missing,
    may indicate an effort was made to further hinder a
    comparative analysis.

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION

The finding that Q-1 appears to be a forgery, coupled with
the additional findings one through seven, are all supporting
evidence that a proper homicide investigation is required
into the death of Vincent Foster.

Should you require additional documentation in the form
of grapic exhibits or charts to illustrate the basis for
these findings, please notify this office in advance and
allow time for preparation.

Respectfully submitted,

Vincent J. Scalice
Forensic Consultant
Document Examiner


Report and opinion by Reginald Ernest Alton
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Report and opinion by Reginald Ernest Alton

1.  I have examined photocopies of documents, each consisting of
one leaf and foliation l.r., in a different hand from the main body
of the document, Q1 and K1 to K12 inclusive.  I am satisfied that
K1 to K12 inclusive are, apart from foliation and printed or stamped
material, all the work of one person who signed K1 and K2.  The
hand of K1 to K12 inclusive is that of a mature adult and the date
of the questioned document Q1 is close enough to the dates of the K
group for the latter to be used to determine the authenticity
or otherwise of Q1.

2.  In my opinion, insofar as it is possible to come to a conclusion
from photocopies, Q1 is a forgery related to K1 to K12 inclusive
because the forger was using parts of them as a model.

3.  The difficulties of this comparative study have been much increased
by the fact that Q1 has been torn and apparently crudely and
inofficiently repaired.  This process, whether deliberate or not,
has obscured some of the continuities or discontinuities of the
handwriting, and especially the lineation and layout which often,
in their uncertainties, betray a forger's eye as it wanders from
forgery to model.

4.  I have had in mind three axioms:

    (a) any letter form or ligature used by writers of a language
    at a given date is available for selection by any writer.
    Accordingly, the movements of the pen as it makes the letter and
    the general appearance of a document are of more importance
    then the presense or absence or even the frequency of
    individual letter forms;

    (b) slope, proportion (x - height: space: ascenders and
    descenders), degree of horizontal or vertical compression,
    roundness or angularity, pressure, characteristic movements
    of the hand, and the writing instrument itself all contribute
    to the general appearance;

    (c) writers of modern cursive hands can be divided into
    'swaggers' and 'archers'

5.  Foster seems to have been a natural 'swagger'.  He makes a
    serioes of ninisms e.g. nin (returning K1 1.1), in and w with
    an even and rhythmic movement through a series of elegant
    swags.  He rarely writes n or h with an arch.

    The writer of Q1 is aware of this habit but he fails to match
    Foster's usage or elegance.  The incidence of arched n in the
    first eight lines of Q1 is much higher then in the control
    documents.  It is chracterisitc of a forger that the writer
    of Q1 gets better at imitating this habit as he or she goes
    along.

6.  The uneven, uneasy and laboured nature of Q1's swags for in
    can be seen in inexperience (1.1), individual (1.8) and in
    Clintons (1.17) as compared with what should be an exact
    match, Clinton's in K9 (1.2).

7.  Even more revealing is anouther case which ought to produce
    an exact match and in Q1 fails to do so; the word benefit, Q1
    (1.8 and 1.10) as compared with K11 (1.1) and K10 (1.4).
    Foster makes initial minuscule b in one stroke (see also
    based, K10 (1.5)).  Q1 takes at least 2, possible 3 strokes
    to reproduce the shape.  In my opinion he is copying K10 for
    this word but has failed to understand the movements of
    Foster's pen.

8.  In a movement of the hand which is directionally the same as
    the swags Foster is a habitual writer of counter-clockwise
    loops or circles.  This characteristic is visible in most
    appearances of the th ligature througout K1 to K12 inclusive.
    In Q1 the loops in this ligature either do not exist or are a
    mere thickening of the ascender of h.

9.  We see this movement not only in expected places e.g. round-backed
    looped d (see K1 and K2 and contrast did, lied etc in Q1), but
    also in unexpected places e.g.  a in avoids and answering (K7).
    In Q1 minuscule a is an awkward 2 stroke letter; in K7 a
    counter-clockwise loop closes the bowl in one stroke.

10. The writer of Q1 is generally uneasy about joining one ltter to
    the next e.g. o to l to a in violate (1.3) and especially l to a
    in the same word (1.6).  Contrast c to l to o in enclosed (K1 1.5
    and 1.7).  This sort of failure is characteristic of forgeries.

11. There is much other detail which could be mentioned e.g. the
    of ligatures, Q1's failure to understand Foster's majuscule
    B (K3) and majuscule I and J.

12. In general appearance the hand of the authentic documents K1 to
    K12 is firm, open, rounded, with a consistent slight backward
    slope and an easy currency that joins letter to letter with 
    scarcely an interruption to the flow of the hand.  This is
    true whatever the different circumstances in which the K group
    were written down.

    In contract the hand of Q1 is slightly but clearly less open
    (slightly more horizontally compressed); it has an inconsistent
    slope which, though often ackward in varying degrees, gives in
    total a more upright appearance than K1 to K12 inclusive; and
    though it imitates letters and words from the K group it fails
    to fails to undestand how they are made.

R E Alton
18 September 1995

Findings by Ronald Rice
                   New England Legal Investigations
                Certified Handwriting and Document Experts
             
                 752 Washington Street *Brewster Building
                  PEMBROKE, MA 02359 *TEL: 617-826-3293
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Vincent J. Scalice                               August 30, 1995
Forensic Control Systems
107 Cedarview Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10306

                   HANDWRITING EXAMINER'S REPORT

                    PART  I  - DOCUMENTS EXAMINED

The undersigned Board Certified Handwriting Examiner has examined and
studied the following listed documents which you submitted for compar-
ison purposes.  For the purpose of identification, these documents are
listed and referred to as Exhibits K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6, K7, K8, K9,
K10, Q1.

   K1.  One (1) photocopy of a letter head bearing two lines
	of professional printing, top center: VINCENT W. FOSTER
	WASHINGTON, D.C.  Document bears fifteen (15) lines of
	handwritten/handprinted words, letters, numerals, and mark-
	ings by a minimum of two different people.  Lines 1-14 are
	identified as having been executed by Mr. Foster.  First two
	lines read:  erican Exploration Co - I am returning your
	check no. 04820598

   K2.  One (1) photocopy of a letter head bearing one line of
        printing, top center: VINCENT FOSTER JR.  Document bears 
 	fourteen (14) lines of handprinted/handwritten words, let-
	ters and numerals by two different people.  Lines 1-13 are
	identified as having been executed by Mr. Foster.  Lines 11-
	13 read: decision  Vince  not for Publication

   K3.  One (1) photocopy of four columns of handprinted/handwritten
 	numerals, letters and words by two different people.  All
	printed/writings with the exception of the circled K-3 have
	been identified as being executed by Mr. Foster.  First col-
	umn reads: 1/80  2/80  3/80  12/83

   K4.  One (1) photocopy of a paper bearing twenty (20) lines
  	of handwritten/handprinted words, letters, numerals and
	markings by two different people.  With the exception of the
	circled K-4, all writings/printings have been identified 
     	as being executed by Mr. Foster.

   K5.  One (1) photocopy of a paper bearing fourteen (14) lines
	of handwritten/handprinted words, letters, numerals and
	markings by two different people.  With the exception of the
	circled K-5, all writings/printings have been identified as
	being executed by Mr. Foster.  First line reads:  Whitewater
	Thirteenth line reads:  Q- Who sign

   K6.  One (1) photocopy of a lined paper bearing twenty-one (21)
	lines of handwritten/handprinted words, letters, numerals
	and markings by two different people.  With the exception of
	the circled K-6, all writings/printings have been identified
	as being executed by Mr. Foster.  Last line reads: but it is
	shaky

   K7.  One (1) photocopy of a lined paper bearing fourteen lines
	of handprinted/handwritten words, letters, numerals and
	markings by two different people.  With the exception of
	the circled K-7, all writings/printings have been identified
	as being executed by Mr. Foster.  Second line reads: 10 
	options

   K8.  One (1) photocopy of a lined paper bearing seven (7) lines
	of handwritten/handprinted words, letters and numerals by
	two different people.  With the exception of the circled 
	K-8, all writings/printings have been identified as having
	been executed by Mr. Foster.  Last line reads:  There are
	no canceled cks.

   K9.  One (1) photocopy of a lined paper bearing fourteen (14)
	lines of handwritten/handprinted words, letters, numerals
	and markings by two different people.  With the exception
 	of the circled K-9, all writings/printings were executed
	by Mr. Foster.  Last line reads:  VS  IRS audit

  K10.  One (1) photocpy of a lined paper bearing nine (9) lines
	of handwritten/handprinted words, letters and numerals by
	two different people.  With the exception of the circled
	K-10, all writing was executed by Mr. Foster.  Last line
	reads defensible in audit

   Q1.  One (1) photocopy of a Wall Street Journal article bearing
	a note with the captions:  The Note That Won't Go Away  The
	note was found in Vincent Foster's briefcase following his
	death and contains twenty-one (21) lines of handwritten/
	handprinted words and letters.  First two lines read:  I
	made mistakes from ignorance, inexperience and overwork

    		        
                      PART II  - OPINION

Using the handwriting/handprinting in Exhibits K1-K10 as the standards
and as the basis for comparison, it is the opinion of the Examiner,
within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, that:

   A.   The handwriting/handprinting on the questioned document,
	Exhibit Q1 was not written/printed by the Vincent W. Foster
	represented by the standards in Exhibits K1-K10.

   B.	There are sufficient factors of dissimilarity in the hand-
	writing/handprinting on the questioned document, Exhibit
	Q1, and the standards, Exhibits K1-K10, to indicate they
	were written/printed by two different people.

	
		PART III  - BASIS FOR OPINION

This opinion is based on the following Pattern Recognition Factors:

	Re: Part II, A.
        ---------------

	The style, slant and flow of the writings/printings in the
	questioned document and the Vincent W. Foster Standards are
	not the same.  Further, the individual letter stroke charac-
	teristics, personal writing/printing habits and idiosyncrasies,
	found in the Foster exemplars, are not present in the questioned
	writing/printing.

	These totally different factors, found in the questioned writ-
	tings, reflect the writing/printing habits of an individual other
	than the Vincent W. Foster represented by the exemplars in Exhib-
	its 1-10.

	Re: Part II. B.
        ---------------

	There are definitive factors of letter stroke charactaristics
        (personal writing/printing habits and idiosyncrasies) that are
	present in the cited standards but missing in the questioned
	writing/printing.  These are specifically noted as, but not
	limited to, the following:

	1.  The handprinted capital A's, B's, C's, F's, G's, H's, I's,
	    J's, N's, S's, T's, U's, V's, W's.

	2.  The handwritten captial C's.

        3.  The handwritten lower case a's, b's, c's, d's, e's, f's, g's,
	    h's, i's, k's, l's, m's, n's, o's, p's, r's, s's, t's u's,
	    v's, w's, y's.

These factors, found in the questioned writing/printing and the cited
standards, reflect the unconscious writing/printing habits of two com-
pletely different people and establish the opinion cited in Part II,
B.

Sincerely,

Ronald H. Rice
Licensed Investigator
Board Certified Handwriting Examiner
Board Certified Forensic Examiner (BCFE) *

RHR/mm

   *  BCFE designation has been granted national registration
      by the National Cerification Commission



Transcript of the Note

I made mistakes from ignorance, inexperience and overwork

I did not knowingly violate any law or standard of conduct

No one in the White House, to my knowledge, violated any law or standard of conduct, including any action in the travel office. There was no intent to benefit any individual or specific group (note: This is now known to be a lie, something writers of suicide notes tend NOT to do).

The FBI lied in their report to the AG

The press is covering up the illegal benefits they received from the travel staff

The GOP has lied and misrepresented its knowledge and role and covered up a prior investigation

The Ushers Office plotted to have excessive costs incurred, taking advantage of Kaki and HRC

The public will never believe the innocense of the Clintons and their loyal staff

The WSJ editors lie without consequence

I was not meant for the job or the spotlight of public life in Washington. Here ruining people is considered sport.


The note

[Foster's note]Click for full size picture.(18K) This is the full page of the so-called suicide note, minus the one torn section wjhere a signiture or initials would have gone. Note the rather contrived nature of the ters surrounding the missing portion.


[Foster's note]Click for full size picture.(15K) This is a scan of the actual writing on the note.


The Park Police Exemplar

[Park POlice Example]Click for full size picture.(7K) This is the single sample the Park Police used to claim that the suicide note was written by Foster.


Foster's April 1993 note.

[Foster April 93 memo]Click for full size picture.(4K) Actual note known to be in Foster's writing. Note severe redactions.


More Foster Samples relating to Whitewater

[Foster Whitewater Note K3]Click for full size picture.(5K)

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News Articles

London Times

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Reuter's



Three handwriting specialists presented analysis at a news conference of
the note found in Foster's briefcase after the deputy White House counsel
was found dead July 20, 1993 in a federal park near Washington.  They said
it appeared the note was not written by him but was a forgery. 

U.S. Park Police and former independent counsel Robert Fiske had concluded
that Foster had committed suicide and that he had written the note but his
death has given rise to some conspiratorial theories that Foster was
murdered.

The organizer of the news conference, James Davidson, an editor of a
financial investment news letter,  "Strategic Investment" said he
commissioned the handwriting analysis and he concluded that "the evidence
in this case overwhelmingly points to murder." 

The handwriting specialists, former New York police department homicide
expert Vincent Scalice, Oxford University manuscript expert Reginald
Alton, and Boston provate investigator Ronald Rice, said comparisons with
a letter Foster had written had enough differences in style and letters to
conclude the suicide note was not written by Foster .

Reuter's again




      WASHINGTON (Reuter) - Someone forged the torn-up suicide note that
was discovered after White House lawyer Vincent Foster was found with a fatal
gunshot wound in the head, a group of handwriting experts said Wednesday. 

    Three handwriting specialists presented analysis at a news conference
of the note found in Foster's briefcase after the deputy White House counsel
was found dead July 20, 1993 in a federal park near Washington. They said it
appeared the note  was not written by him but was ``a forgery. 

    U.S. Park Police and former independent counsel Robert Fiske had
concluded that Foster had committed suicide and that he had written the
note but his death has given rise to some conspiratorial theories that Foster
was murdered. 

    The note, said written days or weeks before Foster died, was not a
classic suicide note in the sense of saying goodbye to the world. Instead,
the note complained of life in Washington and concluded ``I was not meant
for the job or the spotlight of public life in Washington. Here ruining 
people is considered sport.'' 

    The organizer of the news conference, James Davidson, an editor of a
financial investment news letter, ``Strategic Investment,'' said he
commissioned the handwriting analysis and he concluded that ``the evidence
in
this case overwhelmingly points to murder.'' He said he asked for the
analysis because his newsletter has ``an investigatory bent.'' 

    The handwriting specialists provided no information as to who they
thought might have written the note or why.   

Reut14:40 10-25-95

Associated Press




Panel Eyes W'water Subpoenas

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Whitewater Committee plans to call Hillary
Rodham Clinton's chief of staff and a longtime friend for further questioning
about White House restrictions that kept police from searching Vincent Foster's
office. 

   After a hearing Wednesday, committee chairman Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., said
the panel might consider calling Mrs. Clinton to testify, depending on what
witnesses Margaret Williams and Susan Thomases say. 

   With a stack of recently obtained telephone records in hand, D'Amato
threatened to issue sweeping subpoenas for more documents and he accused the
Clinton White House of withholding material that was requested months ago. 

   A longtime friend of Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Thomases told the committee last
summer that she didn't speak to Mrs. Clinton about the planned police search of
Foster's office, but D'Amato said Mrs. Thomases statements are "at least
suspect" in light of the phone records. 

   Ms. Thomases "has failed to answer in a responsive manner," D'Amato told
reporters. 

   White House spokesman Mark Fabiani accused D'Amato of "misrepresenting the
facts" and said "the senators' political side show was made possible because we
voluntarily provided the records." 

   "The senator is seeking the last refuge for a political witch-hunter,"
Fabiani added. "He is complaining about technicalities and procedures." 

   Committee Democrats objected to the far-reaching subpoenas proposed by
D'Amato and committee lawyers were negotiating a compromise to narrow their
scope. The committee's ranking Democrat, Paul Sarbanes of Maryland, said he was
"very disappointed" that Republicans had initiated the subpoena plan without
consulting the rest of the committee. 

   The telephone records show that hours before Foster's office was to be
searched, Mrs. Clinton spoke with Ms. Thomases and her chief of staff, Ms.
Williams, before talking to White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum. Nussbaum then
told law enforcement officials they would not be allowed to review Foster's
documents. 

   Mrs. Clinton calls on Ms. Thomases, an attorney, for advice from time to
time. The two women have known each other for decades. 

   The phone records also show three calls by Ms. Thomases to Ms. Williams'
office two hours before the search of Foster's office the afternoon of July 22,
1993, two days after the deputy White House counsel's suicide. And minutes
before the search began, Ms. Williams called Mrs. Clinton. 

   Foster had custody of some financial records of the Clintons and a file on
the White House travel office controversy -- the mass firings that raised a
furor and embarrassed the administration. 

   Separately, the committee's majority counsel, Michael Chertoff, disclosed
that the Treasury Department has shredded some records relating to Whitewater
contacts between the White House and Treasury officials. 

   Chertoff said the Treasury inspector general's office reported that the
shredded documents were only duplicates, but he said the action nonetheless
concerned the committee. 

   As the hearing ended, D'Amato said that there may be an innocent explanation
for the shredding but that issuing subpoenas would safeguard against such action
in the future. 

   Meanwhile, a forensic panel of three handwriting experts contended that the
torn-up note found in the bottom of Foster's briefcase six days after his death
is a forgery. 

   The finding conflicts with two previous investigations concluding that Foster
wrote the note. 

   The three experts who say Foster didn't write the note are Reginald E. Alton
of Oxford University; Vincent Scalice, formerly a homicide expert with the New
York City Police Department; and Ronald Rice, a consultant to the Massachusetts
attorney general's office. The three conducted the work for Strategic
Investment, a financial newsletter. 

   In an interview, Alton said he compared the torn-up note with a number of
pages of notes in Foster's hand turned up during Whitewater and that "it's a
shaky enough forgery. It seems to me that the forger is reproducing shapes
without understanding how they were made and how Foster's hand works." 

The Electronic Telegraph



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The Electronic Telegraph  Thursday 26 October 1995  

Vince Foster suicide note forged, say experts
   
  BY STEPHEN ROBINSON
  
   
   THE mystery surrounding the 1993 death of Vincent Foster, a senior
   White House official, deepened yesterday when three handwriting
   experts, one of them an Oxford don, ruled that his alleged suicide
   note was a forgery.
   
   Reginald Alton, emeritus fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, who flew to
   Washington to announce the results of his inquiry, said it was clear
   the torn-up note recovered from a briefcase in Mr Foster's office
   could not have been written by him.
   
   The note listed Mr Foster's grievances in his life in Washington, and
   its contents were taken as evidence that he was suicidal at the time
   of his death.
   
   Written on a yellow legal pad and torn into many pieces, the note has
   long been a riddle within the wider mystery surrounding Mr Foster's
   death.
   
   His body was recovered at a secluded piece of parkland outside
   Washington, a pistol in his hand and a bullet wound to the head. No
   one heard a shot or saw Mr Foster arrive. The note was not recovered
   during the first search of Mr Foster's office, but was found six days
   after his death by Bernard Nussbaum, a White House legal counsel and a
   friend of President and Mrs Clinton.
   
    Forger was unable to recreate Mr Foster's confident counter-clockwise loops
    or circles
    
   During Whitewater hearings last summer, senators expressed bafflement
   that the note could have been overlooked, and some suggested White
   House staff were deliberately obstructing investigators on behalf of
   Mr and Mrs Clinton.
   
   In the note, the writer purporting to be Mr Foster regrets mistakes he
   made, complains of hostile coverage of his office in the Wall Street
   Journal, and concludes: "I was not meant for the job or the spotlight
   of public life in Washington. Here ruining people is considered
   sport."
   
   Mr Alton introduced himself with a donnish self-effacement at
   yesterday's press conference in Washington, and advised reporters not
   to "mistake me for another interfering Brit" out to paint America in
   unflattering light.
   
   The conference was organised by Strategic Investment, which has taken
   an interest in the Foster case and paid the experts.
   
   Ronald Rice, who has 18 years' experience in forensic and handwriting
   work, came to the same conclusions as Mr Alton. Vincent Scalice, a
   retired New York detective with extensive forensic experience,
   concurred.
   
   The comparison was made between the note and 12 samples of Mr Foster's
   handwriting. Mr Alton confirmed that all 12 samples had been written
   by Mr Foster, but that the other note could not have been written by
   him.
   
   The formation of the letters was different. For instance, Mr Foster
   wrote the letter b with a single stroke, while the forger used three
   separate strokes. The forger was unable to recreate Mr Foster's
   confident counter-clockwise loops or circles.
   
   
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"Don't believe a word you hear. It was not suicide. It couldn't have been." -Assistant Attorney General Webster Hubbell, 7/20/93, cited in Esquire, 11/93.



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