"UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR" On a FORENSIC level, Handwriting Analysis is used for, Assisting Criminologists & Law Enforcement agents in behavioral profiling involving crimes of violence.

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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

Paranoid Personalities
In my years as a profiler I have been involved with four people who had paranoid personality behavior patterns. Three were on the mild end of the spectrum. These personalities were very timid, shy and standoffish. They were very hard to profile until they started to talk and express their thoughts and views of the world and the people in their personal and professional lives. One was on the extreme and violent end of the spectrum. This personality was extremely vocal with his hatred and mistrust of everyone and everything. He was at the extreme end of this behavior pattern, he was and still is one of the most dangerous and violent personalities when he is triggered. These personalities are "wound collectors."  

What is the definition of a wound collector or wound collecting?

*The term wound collector and  wound collecting was Copyrighted by Joe Navarro in 2004

            Wound collecting is the conscious and systematic collection and preservation of transgressions, violations, social wrongs, grievances, injustice, unfair treatment, or slights of self and others, for the purpose of  nourishing, fortifying, or justifying a malignant ideology, furthering hatred, satisfying a pathology, or for exacting revenge. (J. Navarro, M.A.) 

 As with every personality type, the paranoid personality behavior is also on a bell curve. This bell curve runs from mild to extreme. At the mild end of the spectrum they will express their insecurity, jealousy and paranoid behavior patterns in the form of being untrusting of others, isolating themselves and their family from outside influences, people, friends and other family members.     

These personalities look at every act of kindness from others as always having a hidden agenda or motive. There always must be ulterior motives. Altruists, to these personality types are opportunists with a hidden agenda. In their mind nobody does nothing for nothing. They trust no one, even their own family members are under constant scrutiny. They look for any act of disloyalty real or imagined as proof positive that validates their paranoid beliefs.
The world is a very dangerous place, everyone is out to hurt them, take advantage of them. They are very insecure and jealous. At this mild end they will talk behind your back, make insane accusations about your character when you do not fall in lock step with their thoughts and beliefs. Their paranoid
imagination becomes their reality. With these personality types they will "twist the facts" to fit their irrational thoughts and beliefs.  

The DSM-IV-TR describes the paranoid personality disorder as a pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent. These are the listed behavior patterns for this personality type.

(1) suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her

(2) is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates

(3) is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her

(4) reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events

(5) persistently bears grudges, i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights

(6) perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack

(7) has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner.

The DSM-5 lists paranoid personality disorder essentially unchanged from the DSM-IV version and lists associated features that describe it in a more quotidian way. These features include suspiciousness, intimacy avoidance, hostility and unusual beliefs/experiences.

When these personalities are on the extreme end of the spectrum we have people like; Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber, Timothy McVeigh who blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who killed their classmates at Columbine High School, Osama bin Laden who was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Anders Behring Breivik who killed 77 people in Norway, mostly all children, Adolf Hitler who killed over six million Jews. This is just a partial list of the more violent paranoid personality types. Even Howard Hughes who was a millionaire isolated himself the last ten years of his life in a Las Vegas hotel. Even Ex President Nixon had paranoid tendencies he had a so called political hit list of all his enemies. He stated many times he could trust no one.  

For many of the paranoid  personalities who are on the extreme end of the spectrum violence becomes their only solution when they are triggered. 



*The term wound collector and  wound collecting was Copyrighted by Joe Navarro in 2004

Dangerous Personalities Joe Navarro FBI SPECIAL AGENT (RET.) with Toni Sciarra Poynter


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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE
Advanced Statement Analysis
Detecting Deception
Paul Grice's Conversational Maxims
To better understand how people deceive each other in an oral or written statement, it would help for people to understand how a typical conversation works. Paul Grice is a famous scholar, noted that all conversations follow a basic set of rules, people use to express themselves.
Paul Grice's rules called "maxims" are at work every time we talk to someone. Without these rules conversations would be impossible to have.
What are the implicit rules we follow when talking to others?
Maxim of Quantity
Make sure your contribution to the conversation as informative as necessary.
Do not make your contribution to the conversation more informative than necessary.    
Maxim of Quality
Do not say what you believe to be false.
Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence.
Maxim of Relevance
Be relevant (say things related to the current topic of the conversation).
Maxim of Manner
Avoid obscurity of expression
Avoid ambiguity
Be brief (avoid unnecessary wordiness).
Be orderly
As can be seen, Grice's rules are important, we follow these rules when we want to be explicitly clear and direct.
We also exploit these four basic rules when people are trying to deceive each other. There are many ways to lie, a direct blatant lie (most people try to avoid a bold faced lie, especially when facts can be easily checked). Weaving a lie within a truthful statement, lying by omission.
Most times than not people will lie by omission, this lie does not make people feel as guilty. Since they are telling you some truth but leave out a few details.

                                                "Remember a half truth is a whole lie." 

If I can help you when you are trying to detect deception, I will be happy to work with you.
My EX. is 01155

                                                      Anthony Iantosca, BCFE

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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE


Profiling has received a bad rap over the last few years. When people ask me what do for a living. I tell them I am a profiler. It is funny to see a quick micro expression of disgust or contempt flashed across their faces. I explain that profiling is not based on race, creed, color or national origin. Profiling is based on behavior patterns and what those behavior patterns are telling me. I use four diagnostic tools when conducting a profile on a personality for threat assessment or for compatibility purposes. Handwriting Analysis based on American trait Theory, Clinical and Forensic Statement Analysis, Nonverbal Communication (body language). Psychology and understanding human behavior. Profiling using behavior. To detect, identify, analyze and evaluate a personalities behavior and the the psychological characteristics associated with those behavior patterns. Behavior patterns that are "consistent with, not diagnosed as" and what those behavior patterns are telling me.

Body language is a very important diagnostic tool when I am sitting across from someone I am talking to. Is their words and body language "tells" congruent with each other? Is he/she expressing true confidence in themselves or in the product they are trying to sell me. Nonverbal communication is Limbic driven. Our Limbic brain expresses our true thoughts, feelings and intentions in real time and without thought. Our limbic brain is called our honest brain. It is very important to remember that "emotions" are always expressed first, before words and actions.

Example: One day I asked a friend who had a gambling issue if he had bet on a football game, he has stated that he had quit gambling. First I saw a quick micro expression of "fear." He looked me straight in the eye and answered "who me did I bet, no, no, a second later he shook his head no, no." His timing was so off I laughed at him and said "God you a terrible liar." "F#*k you Tony! You think you know everything." Come to find out he lost a great deal of money on the game he didn't bet on.

Statement Analysis is also a very important diagnostic tool in detecting deception. Is he/she committed to their words or are they showing a lack of commitment to their words and statements. Is he/she stating one thing when their words are telling me something very different.

Example: In this situation I used both statement analysis and nonverbal communication to determine the truth.
A while back a woman I knew had come to me asking if I could help her husband who was being accused of child molestation. He needed an attorney and she knew I worked with one. Before I got the attorney involved I wanted to make sure I would not be wasting his time. She told me he was thirty five years old and the girl who was accusing him was twelve. She told me that because he was Black he was being railroaded. She gave me all the details and was very convincing proclaiming his innocence when explaining what had happened. I agreed to meet her husband and see what I could do to help him. Her husband came in to see me, we shook hands and the first thing out of his mouth was "thank you for helping me, your are going to teach me what I should say and act when I am asked questions." I said no, if you are telling the truth why do you need me to teach you anything. I said tell me what happened? He stated that "I never touched her, I never touched her, she is lying." That was the second red flag, I never asked him, did you "ever" touch her?
You cannot use the word "never" as no. Unless I ask you "did you ever do something, than using the word never would be acceptable." His story was very different than his wife's story of the events that happened on the day in question. I kept quiet and let him talk. I watched his body language, this guy was flash frozen in his chair. This was a very serious crime, he showed no emotion, no emphasis, no nothing. I asked him to go outside, he stood there like a statue as he continued to proclaim his innocence. I said great story, now you can tell me the truth or this meeting is over. He became very angry and said "what are you talking about, I have been looking into your eyes the whole time." I said yes that is the problem, most liars believe that looking into someone's eyes is a sign of honesty. That is not true. I made one statement and asked him only one question, I said, I believe you when you said you never touched her. Let me ask you this "did she do all the touching, did she touch you." He looked at me with a facial expression that to this day I am still trying to figure out and he said "well sorta ya, but I never touch her." I said good luck there is nothing I can do for you.

Profiling personalities is very complex. It is not a one size fits all templet. Understanding their emotional makeup, intensity level, traits and behavior patterns. People are complex and very diverse. As a profiler I will attempt to answer the question "what is the best I can hope for, what is the worst I can expect when logic is reduced and emotions come into play." Most importantly, "what a person projects and what he/she may be in reality may be two entirely different matters."

My Ex. on Ingenio 01155 I look forward to talking with you.

                                      Anthony Iantosca, BCFE

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Body language of children
I am going to give all the parents and care givers a very clear body language "tell" that I want you to be very aware of. Children and very expressive, their arms, legs and bodies are always moving when they are playing and in a state of "comfort."  When children "freeze" when they are in the presence of someone they know or have been around for a period of time something is wrong. Now you will see this behavior when they meet someone new for the first time, this is normal. They do not know the person and they will freeze this is  innate in all humans from birth. Is this new person a "threat." This behavior is hard wired in all humans and animals as a part of our survival protocol.   
The difference is when you see this drop in body language expressions when they come into contact with someone they know or have been around for a period of time, a family member, teacher, priest, uncle or friend, etc. What you will see is the child will stop moving, the arms will drop to their sides, their heads will bow down called the "turtle" and their movement will be very subdued or will stop. This is called "hiding in the open." Movement attracts attention and the child will attempt to hide from the person that has caused them discomfort in some way. You as parents need to find out why. This could be anything, the person yelled at the child, frightened or hit the child. It could also be something much worse such as a possible molestation. It is a very clear body language "tell" that needs further investigation.       
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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE
Online Dating


Searching for love "in all the wrong places." I have conducted numerous online dating investigations, for both male and female clients who have contacted me through my site, on INGENIO. My investigations found that some of the men and women from Africa, Russia and China are very sophisticated with their on line "419 dating love scams". "419'' refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code (part of Chapter 38 obtaining property by false pretenses; Cheating)

In many cases it is not the dating site who is perpetrating the fraud. It is some of the men and women who post a profile, with the sole intent of making a living. These perpetrators use other people's loneliness and desperation to their own advantage.

There are many respectable on line dating sites through out the world that have many success stories attached to them. These dating sites work very hard to keep the con artists at bay. But in today's fast paced, high tech world the weapon of choice is not the gun or knife anymore. It is the computer.

A tactic used today is called "Catfishing."

What Is a "Catfishing" Scam? A “catfish” is a person who creates a false online identity in the hopes of luring people into romantic relationships.  Catfishing is basically an Internet scam or hoax in which someone pretends to be someone else online and nabs an unsuspecting victim. People may go "catfishing" for a variety of reasons.
So is "catfishing" illegal? Well, it depends upon the specific facts of the catfishing scam, and also which state it occurred in. For example, several states like California, Washington, Texas, and New York already make online impersonation a crime, according to AG Beat. So if a teacher pretends to be a student on Facebook, or a fan pretends to be a star athlete on Twitter, then the impersonator could potentially be guilty of a crime. For online impersonation laws like California's to kick in, however, the perpetrator's intent must be to harm, intimidate, threaten, or defraud. California's law also allows a victim to file a civil lawsuit against the scammer if he/she has suffered any economic harm.  "Catfishing" may still be illegal when the online fraud is used to perpetuate a crime. For example, if someone "catfishes" to profit off a natural disaster, to seduce young children, or for any other illegal purpose, then that person would obviously be guilty of the underlying crime. 

When dating on line and communicating through texts or e-mails pay very close attention to the words, language, phrases and punctuation the person is using. Many times than not the language the scammer uses does not sound right for someone born and educated in the United States. 

In other investigations, I have found that a man or a woman will post a profile on an American dating site and state they are living here in the USA. Their profile will say they are living in some obscure city in the Mid West or South Eastern USA. Once they have you on the hook emotionally and you start to press them for a face to face meeting, they will tell you they had to return to their country of origin because of a death in the family or some other disaster that has happened to a love one there. Usually, they need your help getting back to the USA because they lost all their money when their luggage was stolen at the Airport or some other catastrophe that has happened to them. These are "419 Nigerian scam artists." 419 is named after a formerly relevant section of the Criminal Code of Nigeria. In brief, 419 is a sub-classification of Advance Fee Fraud Crime in which the perpetrators are West Africans, primarily Nigerians operating globally from Nigeria and elsewhere. These 419 love scams will always involve the wiring of funds, your funds to help them out in some way.

In one "419 Love Scam," a lovely twenty two year woman sent e-mails to me nonstop for over two weeks expressing her undying love for me. She was also talking to one of my clients, by the way, and she asked if I could wire her the money needed for her airplane ticket. She wanted to fly to Boston to meet me. She had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina including and not limited to, her mother, father, grandmother and pet poodle. Her profile had her living in Lovesville, North Carolina. I did not realize the tidal surge went that far north.

Believe me within a few weeks of e-mailing back and forth or talking on messenger with a con artist, ( with a web cam so you can see how lucky you are to have such a lovely mate ) there will be drama.

In my investigations, I also found what I call the "bait and switch tactic." A man or woman usually in their twenty's will post a profile on another dating site and send you an e-mail. Once you answer him or her, they will ask you to open an account on an other dating web site that does translation services, so the two of you can communicate better. These web sites will charge you for every word or character they translate. Again, you pay for every e-mail you send or receive. One woman I became friendly with told me she received a small percentage for every client who opened an account and started to send e-mails.

On line dating can be a very exciting and rewarding experience. It can also turn very violent and deadly if you do not have a good understanding of the personality you are dealing with. If you have met someone on line, and are meeting them for the first time, I give my female clients a basic list of do's and don'ts,


1) For the first six dates or until you feel comfortable with the person, always meet him or her in a public place.

2) Have your own transportation to and from the meeting location if possible.

3) Let friends and family know where you are going, who you are meeting and what time you expect to be home.

4) Have your cell phone with you, batteries charged and your cell phone on. Have a friend call you during your first meeting to see how things are going. If you feel uncomfortable always trust your " gut " instinct. Have a code word that your contact will understand, and know you want to leave.

5) Never, never let someone you just met online, talk you into driving you home alone.

6) Know your tolerance for alcohol. Do not over drink.

7) If you meet in a club or bar never leave your drink unattended.

8) Never give someone you just met online your personal contact information, or home address.

9) A gentleman who has your best interest and safety at heart, will understand these rules. If your date ridicules you or tries to make you feel foolish because of them, loose him quickly.

10) Never send or wire money to anyone you have met online.


I will not tell you the horror stories I have been told by my female clients, who did not adhere to these basic rules.

Remember our two strongest drives are "sex and aggression." There are those among us who have a deep uncontrollable need to express domination and control over other human beings. This is accomplished in different ways but with the same goal, control. They obtain extreme sexual and physical gratification by means of physical violence.

What a person projects and what they are may be two entirely different matters. A threat assessment profile conducted by this office will tell you what he or she is really all about. What do you expect from him or her once the honeymoon phase of the relationship is over?

Answering the question, 

"What is the best I can hope for, what is the worst I can expect?"

When dating on line do not let emotion and imagination become your reality.

As the FBI Profiler John Douglas has stated:

"On line, I can be anyone you want me to be."   


Please feel free to contact me here on Ingenio if you have any questions regarding online dating. My Ex. is 01155. I am here to help you and answer any questions you may have.


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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

Statement Analysis

Muslim teen who reported NYC subway harassment found safe 7 / 12
CBS News

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- The Muslim teen who said she was verbally attacked by three drunk men on a New York subway last week and had been reported missing Friday has been found, CBS New York reports.

Nassau County Police didn't say where Yasmin Seweid, 18, has been the last few days, but her family told WCBS-AM that she was safe.

Seweid was last seen leaving her New Hyde Park home on Wednesday, police said.

She was wearing a black jacket, blue sweater, black yoga pants and black head scarf and carrying a bag of clothing.

Last Thursday, Seweid told WCBS-TV that she was on the subway heading home from a school event when she was verbally attacked by the men, who she said made references to President-elect Donald Trump and called her a terrorist.

They kept saying, You don't belong here, get out of this country, go back to your country, and finally they came really close and they were like, ËœTake that rag off your head, Seweid said.

Statement Analysis

I find this alleged harassment statement somewhat suspect. This young woman who disappeared for a few days is attempting to lay blame on "three" drunk men who harassed her. My first red flag is the number "three." Three is called a liars number. That is the first number a person will use when thinking of a number to come up with. Example; Three blind mice, Goldilocks and the three bears, make three wishes so on and so on. My second red flag is the men should have stated "get out of our country" since they wanted her to go back to "your" country. If there was a group of men they would talk as a group and with a group mentality.

I saw the same changing pronouns in the JonBenet Ramset alleged kidnap letter. If you are acting as a group you will continue to act and speak with a group mentality. These three men acting as a "group" would continue to speak with a group mentality and use the word "our" country. In examining the pronouns in the JonBenet Ramsey alleged kidnap letter , we find this crime was not committed by a group. Your language will continually reflect there are several people involved. In the first paragraph in the JonBenet Ransey ransom letter, five times the writer used a plural pronoun. However, in lines #11 and #13, the writer used the singular pronoun "I." He/she should have written, "We will call you" and "We advised you to be rested." In line #17, he/she used the singular pronoun "my." Changing pronouns indicates deception. We can easily see this was not a group effort.

Third, "and finely they "came really close" and were "like" take that rag off your head." She is not stating that the men touched her or kidnapped her. The word "really" is not needed here, this is a qualifier or a word that indicates deception. A stronger statement would have been "the men surrounded me." Also the men would have been more demanding in their verbal assault Example; Get that Goddam rag off your head or we will take it off. The word "like" is stating that what happened and what she is stating happened are not the same.

If she was that terrified why not call police or scream for help, also why not run home? Where did she go? Parents and law enforcement would not say where she was only she was safe. Is she home safe? Only she was safe. I find her statement very equivocal There are no expressed emotions to her words. Like fear or being terrified after this event took place. She also did not give a clear description of the "three men." Where they white, black, tall, fat, shinny where they wearing white hoods? She is either making up the story to cover something else she was doing or looking for her fifteen minutes of fame.


Statement Analysis
Muslim Teen

I posted a Statement Analysis article shown on my Academy site on 12/11/16 on the Muslim teen who was harassed on the subway by Trump supporters. Today she was arrested for filling a false police report. I have always expressed "Their words will betray them."

Muslim Student Arrested For Fake Hate Crime Report
Christine Rousselle
Posted: Dec 14, 2016 5:50 PM

A Muslim teen in New York City who claimed to have been harassed on the subway by men chanting "Donald Trump" and told her to get out of the country has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report. Yasmin Seweid, a student at Baruch College, first reported the harassment on Facebook on December 2, and chided the bystanders who did not come to her aid. Seweid was charged with filing a false report on Wednesday.




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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

Body Language
The Torso of the body is the area of the body that we display how well feel. It is the area of the body that has very little movement. Unlike our faces, arms, hands, legs and feet that have much more movement and gives me much more information. The torso is where we will display ornaments such as jewelry, tattoos, shirts and blouses that have designer logos on them that show status. When animals and humans feel good about themselves and are in good health they maintain their fur, feathers and skin we maintain our clothing by keeping them clean and pressed. When a person has a problem or a possible pathology of some sort. You will see that their body and cloths are un kept, the cloths are dirty and  have a disheveled look to them.  
They are transmitting to the world, I am unhappy, I don't feel good about myself and I don't care anymore. Much can also be observed by the  colors a person choses and the amount of the torso that is visible in what is called "ventral fronting."  "Ventral fronting" is always perceived as being open and honest.
The choice of their suit  and how it is buttoned also gives us a great deal of information.
Many politicians will wear a low two buttoned suit jacket. This will give the maximum amount of "ventral fronting."
This is perceived as being open and honest. Governor Mitt Romney would have his suits tailor made in this exact fashion. He always wore two button suit jackets buttoned very low.  Men and women who wear a three button suit jacket with the buttons, buttoned very high up on the jacket are perceived as being  a somewhat closed off personality and is looked at as being somewhat dishonest. Research shows that people like Black or dark Blue colors for people who are in authority. Brown or tan colored suits are not very well liked.
The "Tunic" jackets or shirts that are buttoned very high up to the neck are always perceived as personalities who are very closed off to the world, secretive, somewhat deceptive and anti social. Look at the people who wore these "Tunic" style of cloths. Mao, Castro, Stalin, Hitler, Arafat and if you remember the old James Bond movie with the villain Dr. No who was this very evil person wore this "Tunic" jacket. These personalities are saying I am closed off to you, I am not open or honest nor am I accessible to you.
In last nights last debate between Clinton and Trump it was noted after the debate that Mrs. Clinton  wore white, in the first debate she wore red and in the second debate she wore blue. So Mrs. Clinton was showing the world how patriotic she is, wearing red, white and blue. I did not pay attention to the color of her clothing, I paid very close attention to the type of clothing she was wearing.
I found it very interesting last night that this same "Tunic" style of clothing was worn by Ms. Clinton. They must have missed that.
I sure as hell didn't.

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JonBenet Ramsey
Part two (2)

When analyzing a written or typed statement the examiner will look for red flags within the statement itself to detect for possible deception.
And to identify when deception has been identified. In Statement Analysis people mean exactly what they say. When a person or persons are committed to their statement their use of nouns, pronouns will remain consistent. Their personal dictionary will also remain consistent unless there is a justification for that change in their personal dictionary. This shows that they have a personal involvement in the actions being explained. They are speaking from their memory and not constructing the event from logic. We also look for punctuation and unique words and phrases just to name a few.
The complete two and a half page ransom letter is typed below exactly as it was found.

Mr. Ramsey,

Listen carefully! We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction. We do respect your bussiness but not the country that it serves. At this time we have your daughter in our posession . She is safe and unharmed and if you want her to see 1997, you must follow our instructions to the letter.

You will withdraw $118,000.00 from your account. $100,000 will be in $100 bills and the remaining $18,000 in $20 bills. Make sure that you bring an adequate size attaché to the bank. When you get home you will put the money in a brown paper bag. I will call you between 8 and 10 am tomorrow to instruct you on delivery. The delivery will be exhausting so I advise you to be rested. If we monitor you getting the money early, we might call you early to arrange an earlier delivery of the money and hence a earlier delivery pick-up of your daughter.

Any deviation of my instructions will result in the immediate execution of your daughter. You will also be denied her remains for proper burial. The two gentlemen watching over your daughter do not particularly like you so I advise you not to provoke them. Speaking to anyone about your situation, such as Police, F.B.I., etc., will result in your daughter being beheaded. If we catch you talking to a stray dog, she dies. If you alert bank authorities, she dies. If the money is in any way marked or tampered with, she dies. You will be scanned for electronic devices and if any are found, she dies. You can try to deceive us but be warned that we are familiar with law enforcement countermeasures and tactics. You stand a 99% chance of killing your daughter if you try to out smart us. Follow our instructions and you stand a 100% chance of getting her back.

You and your family are under constant scrutiny as well as the authorities. Don't try to grow a brain John. You are not the only fat cat around so don't think that killing will be difficult. Don't underestimate us John. Use that good southern common sense of yours. It is up to you now John!



Statement Analysis of the ransom letter

Consistent use of pronouns

I was at the ATM machine getting cash out when I finished and walked outside a "man" came up behind me "he" put a gun to my back "he" took my money, "he" told me don't turn around or "I" will shoot you, "he" ran off. I called police. In this example the use of pronouns remained consistent.
There was only "one" man who was involved in the action being explained.

Inconsistent use of pronouns

I was at the ATM machine getting cash out when a "man" came up behind me when I finished "he" put a gun to my back "they" took my money, "he" told me don't turn around or "I" will shoot you, "they" ran off. I called police. In this example the use of pronouns were not consistent.
There was only "one" man who was involved in the action being explained. Yet the writer uses "he" and "they." This would indicate the
writer was making up the story or something else happened to to explain his lost money.

Ransom letter,

In the beginning of the ransom letter we have consistent use of the pronouns, "we" "we" "we" "us" They are talking as a group and should remain expressing themselves with a group mentality. As the ransom letter continues we see a deviation from that group mentality with the use of the following pronouns, "I" "I" "we" "we" "my" "I" "we" "us" "we" "us" "us." The use of the pronouns
"I" and "my" should not be present in the ransom letter when writing as a group.
This would indicate that the ransom letter was constructed from logic and indicates deception.

Consistent use of personal dictionary

If a person starts off writing about an event and calls a "gun" a "gun" they will use that same language throughout their statement.
Problems arise when the person calls the "gun" a "gun" then calls it a "pistol" "weapon" "firearm" etc. Unless there is a reasonable explanation for the change in their language.

Consistent use of personal dictionary

I was cleaning my "gun" my wife came over and tried to grab my "gun" I tried to keep my "gun" away from her as we fought, the "weapon" fired and my wife let go of the "gun." This would be acceptable because it remained his "gun" until it fired and then the 'gun" became a "weapon."

Ransom letter,

The kidnappers start the letter off with,

Mr. Ramsey a very polite way of addressing a man who's daughter you will behead if your demands are not met. They change their language and start calling him by his first name John. They should have continued calling him Mr. Ramsey
or just Ramsey, the use of his first name is a little to personal and intimate for people who do not know each other. When they changed from Mr. Ramsey to John there has to be a justification for the change as I explained in example above. This would also indicate the letter was written from logic and also indicates deception. Also in the statement we have this line" use that good southern common sense of yours." How do the kidnappers know he was from the South? The kidnappers also demanded $118,000.00 that was a very odd amount. These personalities types are very greedy and would have asked for much more money. $118,000.00 was the exact amount of a bonus he received from his company that year. Only someone close to the Ramsey's would know that exact amount.

Kidnappers would never state who they are as they did in the ransom letter, "We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction." Kidnappers would never make that statement and help law enforcement reduce the possible suspect pool. The alleged kidnappers misspelled the words business and possession but spelled "attaché" correctly, even including the accent on the word "attaché." This would indicate to me that the author of the ransom letter was highly educated. In the known handwriting samples of Patsy Ramsey she used "exclamation points" sparingly in her written statements and letters. The use of exclamation points were also found in the ransom letter. The letter was signed "Victory! S.B.T.C there has been a lot of speculation as to what the letters S.B.T.C mean. At this time no one has come up with a reasonable explanation of the letters and their meaning.
How could you claim "victory' when you have not received any money yet. This is nonsense attempting to have people believe this was some sort of terrorists group.

The most damaging evidence found in this bogus ransom letter is the following unique words and statement,

The kidnappers state, "If we monitor you getting the money early, we might call you early to arrange an earlier delivery of the money and hence a earlier delivery pick-up of your daughter." The word "hence" is not a common word that most people use, the kidnappers used "and hence" the word "and" is not needed. When investigators were analyzing known handwriting samples from Patsy Ramsey they found a Christmas message written on December 14, 1997. The First United Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado held a memorial service for JonBenet. There was a Christmas message from the Ramsey family that statement had the following words.

"Had there been no birth of Christ, there would be no hope of eternal life, and, hence, no hope of ever being with our loved ones again"

What are the chances of two different personalities and one being a foreigner use the exact same wording.

This ransom letter was staged by someone who wanted to confuse and interfere with a law enforcement investigation into the death of JonBenet Ramsey. Why would innocent people do this? Innocent people would not. The only innocent person in this botched investigation was that poor child JonBenet Ramsey.

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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

JonBenet Ramsey
Part one (1)

I do not know where to begin on this alleged kidnapping gone bad. This poor child was murdered in her own home buy someone yet to be identified. This murder is unsolved so I find it questionable that anyone including the Ramsey's are no longer suspects.
The staged ransom note found by Patsy Ramsey on the kitchen staircase that morning was a deliberate attempt to send investigators on a wild goose chase wasting valuable time and resources. The investigators would have seen right through this "ransom note" ploy if they had examined and conducted a Forensic Statement Analysis on the alleged ransom note. I will go into the ransom note in more detail in part two tomorrow.

Second asking John Ramsey to look through the house to see if anything was missing was a huge mistake. That was the responsibility of law enforcement. Why? So you do not have the possibility of cross contamination and if something was found, as it was in this case. John Ramsey found JonBenet in the basement. John Ramsey walked, stepped over and picked up his daughter and brought her back up stairs. John Ramsey also removed the tape covering JonBenet mouth. This action contaminated the crime scene. Law Enforcement should have taken numerous crime scene photos of JonBenet and the surrounding area for any and all trace evidence before moving the body. I also find it very interesting that John Ramsey waited for the police to ask him to search the house, any reasonable person would have torn the house apart looking for his daughter and outside the house as well.
Even if you had a ransom note stating that your daughter was kidnapped you would still search the house in the hope that you may find something that would help the investigators.
JonBenet was found with her favorite blanket covering her. This alone should have red flagged an investigator something was wrong.
Rapists and or murders do not take the time to care about their victims in such a loving / caring fashion. This is a subconscious sign of guilt. They rape you, kill you and leave you in a ditch or at least try to hide the body.
For someone to cover the body in her blanket tells me that someone who knew and cared for JonBenet killed her and felt guilt after the fact. Also this blanket was just washed and was in the dryer, how did the kidnappers know where to look? I say kidnappers because the alleged ransom note states such. This is where the ransom note becomes a key piece of forensic evidence.

Document Examination;

I do not know what procedures were used when the document examiners acquired known handwriting samples called exemplars (formal/informal standards) of Patsy Ramsey and John Ramsey to compare with the ransom letter. From everything I have read many of the document examiners who rendered an opinion of the author of the ransom letter, never examined the original ransom letter. They conducted their examination from photo copies of unknown generation. This would be the first question a judge in a court of law would ask. If they did not examine the original ransom letter, their opinion would be dismissed unless they could explain why the original was not examined that would be accepted by the court. Also Patsy Ramsey was ambidextrous so I would imagine they required exemplars (formal standards) of Patsy Ramsey's known handwriting using her right and left hand.

I would hope they used a similar writing instrument that was used on the ransom letter a flair tip pen was used, so flair tip pen to flair tip pen. Written on the same paper and writing pad. All handwriting exemplars (informal standards) obtained from the Ramsey's should have been written in or near the time period of the ransom letter.
The most important procedure that a competent handwriting expert would ask before taking handwriting exemplars (formal standards) if either Patsy or John Ramsey were under the influence of alcohol, any prescription drugs or sedatives of any kind. All of these listed will alter a persons true handwriting.
There is the possibility that two people wrote the note in an attempt to disguise the handwriting of the true author of the ransom letter.
I would have taken this into consideration and had both John and Patsy Ramsey write the note together taking turns, if using the exact wording on a reproduced document is allowed by the state of Colorado. Many states will not allow exact wording, formal standards, used for comparison in questioned document case of this nature.

Ransom note part (1)

Mr. Ramsey,

Listen carefully! We are a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction. We do respect your bussiness but not the country that it serves. At this time we have your daughter in our posession . She is safe and unharmed and if you want her to see 1997, you must follow our instructions to the letter.


Now lets start off analyzing the first portion of the ransom letter. These psychopathic murders and rapists start off with Mr. Ramsey,
how polite these murders were. Lets look at the pronouns used in this portion of the ransom letter; "We" "we" "we" "our" and the collective noun "group." This would indicate that more than one person was involved in this crime. This is a very important piece of evidence when analyzing a statement for possible deception, the pronouns should remain consistent throughout the statement. If you are a "group" you will remain and keep a "group" mentality. We also have two misspelled words "bussiness" and "posession." I find it interesting that they misspelled very easy words because the author of the ransom note wanted investigators to believe they were foreigners but these so called foreigners were very good with their punctuation.
Something people who study ESL have a hard time with or misuse. Kidnappers would not care about their punctuation.

Kidnappers would be short and to the point such as;

"Ramsey we have your daughter get 500.000 by tomorrow or she is fucking dead we will call you with instructions do not call the police or we will kill her"

Also their note would have been pre written before hand and they would have had a rape kit with everything they would have needed to commit the crime and not waist time looking for items around the house.

So based on the ransom note a "group" of kidnappers came in through a basement window yet cob webs were still in place in that same window. A group of kidnappers found JonBenet in her bed and took her downstairs and decided to sexually molest and then kill her. After the murder the kidnappers decided to go back up stairs spend time looking for a pen and paper and spend almost twenty minutes handwriting a two and a half page ransom note while everyone was still sleeping in their beds. They used Patsy Ramsey's note pad and her pen to write this note. They also used Patsy Ramsey's paint brush to make a wooden garrotte to strangle JonBenet. These first time kidnappers seemed to know their way around the Ramsey household quite well. Then they all went back down stairs and put a suitcase in front of the same window they came in from because they could not get back out? Why didn't one of the other kidnappers help push one another other back out the window? Again, all this going on, with a group of adults coming in and out the basement window and the cob webs were still intact on the outside window area. These cob webs would have been disturbed if someone had come in through the window.
Tell me something? Why not just go out the back door? Kidnappers would not waist all that time going in and out of a window they could not reach or had trouble reaching. So lets make as much noise as possible trying to balance ourselves on a suitcase that might not be sturdy and fall over making unwanted noise. No one came in that window and no one went out that window. There was only one person involved in this murder, with the help of an accomplice or someone who knew what happened the night Jonbenet was killed.

More tomorrow in part two (2)

Special interest Article;
Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

The dark side of morbid jealousy.

Insecure personalities with extreme low self esteem who are extremely jealous and possessive will use violence to control and manipulate their targets. Many times than not they have used violence before. This is not the first time these personalities used aggressive or violent behavior patterns on their love interests/targets. I have taught you that "past behavior is indicative of future behavior" and "behavior reflects personality." Personalities who are extremely "jealous" who have morbid and or sexual jealousy, cannot handle being rejected by their love interest. These personalities are on emotional thin ice to begin with, losing their one magic person can and many times will send these people over the edge.

I have also taught you, getting to know someone takes time. When these personalities are triggered they will use violence by means of destroying your personal property, damaging your reputation, and in extreme cases physical assaults, rape and death are inflicted on their targets. This is their only face saving, emotional way out. They need to release their pent up frustration and anger. This loss of control over you is their worst nightmare. Remember the saying,

                                        "If I can't have you, nobody will."

Many times you will hear statements such as, "you will remember me" or "I will fix you" "you have not heard the last of me" "just wait and see what happens to you." These statements are threats which must not be taken lightly. It is very important that you take every means possible to protect yourself. Talk to your family, friends. Talk to the police, make people aware of your situation. You must be very alert when going out alone. These personalities will call, text, e-mail come by your house or place of work in an attempt beg forgiveness. They will plead for a second chance. They will say and do anything to get you back. Once violence has reared its ugly head in the relationship. The relationship is over. These personalities need help, their core issues of jealousy, insecurity and low self esteem must be addressed with the help of a licensed medical professional. Remember, these core issues were part of this personalities makeup long before they met you.

Research is quite clear, one out of every ten American women is beaten or abused by a husband or lover. Men can also be abused but the majority of reports that are reported to hot lines and police are by women. The number one mistake I see when talking to men and women on my sites is the attempt to start "rationalizing" away the abusers behavior. This is a very dangerous mind game you are playing with yourself.
The victim starts to take responsibility for the abuse, "maybe I should have not said this or done that." He or she didn't mean to act this way, I would have never dated him/her in the first place.

The reason for this is two fold; First, the victim does not want to look foolish that they choose this partner in the first place. Second, that they put time and energy into a relationship and they want believe their time was not wasted on this personality type. I could not be that stupid.
It is also very important that you do not start posting your personal life all over social media, after a breakup . These personality types are known to use Facebook, Instagram and other media outlets to stalk you. How do I know this? They have told me time and time again. Knowing you have a new love interest or how happy you are could trigger them into a "revenge seeking" patterns of behavior. Do not rub the breakup or your new love interest in their face all over social media. Not a very smart move on your part.
Until next time, be safe, smart and alert. If I can answer any questions please call me on my ex. 01155. I will send you free time so we can talk.

                                                    Anthony Iantosca, BCFE

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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE
Therapeutic / Forensic Profiling
Threat Assessment
Personalities are as diverse as colors of a rainbow. We can fit a personality into a basic category based on their profile (emotional make up, intensity level, traits and behavior that is consistent over a period of time.) But that is where it ends. No two personalities will behave / act in the exact same way.
For example;   We have four primary colors Red, Yellow, Blue, Green. These four primary colors will give you every color in the color spectrum, depending on the percentages of how they are mixed together.  Personalities and their traits are much the same way. Personalities and their behavior patterns are on a bell curve.  A Dysfunctional Personality or narcissist who in the old days was called egomaniac or megalomaniac who is an emotional extrovert will act much differently  than an emotionally controlled Ambivert. Their core issues are the same but how they will express and act on those core issues will be much different.
 This is where many people get confused. I have four situations right now where all four personalities are Dysfunctional Personalities .Each one behaves and acts much differently than the other. Their Gas lighting and Defense tactics range from the silent treatment to violent  behavior. One client is ready for the insane asylum due to her husbands relentless badgering and accusations of her infidelity. In Forensic Profiling we would call this "Sexual Jealousy"  or "Morbid Jealousy"  which is the most dangerous. Any act of independence, setting up boundaries and addressing his behavior and not giving him, her complete undivided attention. Triggers his insecurity and abandonment fears. The last episode lasted over four days because she made a very innocent comment on a Actor in a movie he wanted to watch.  He used a tactic called "Baiting."  He asked her a question on a black actor who was in the movie, I like this actor myself by the way. She stated that she liked him as an actor. That was all it took, I have warned her to be careful when he asks her loaded questions.
This personality seems to recycle every four to six weeks. I have explained to her to watch his behavior after this time period, the change is always the same. He will start small fights, be in a bad mood, pick at her,  find fault with everything she does or says. He is looking to be pacified like a baby wanting his pacifier. This fight lasted four days, no matter what she said to explain herself he took it as she was being defensive and lying. When in this state of mind he as all  insecure Dysfunctional Personalities he/she will "Twist the facts to fit their Emotions."  Normal functioning personalities "Our Emotions fit the Facts"   I warned her that he was capable of violent behavior when I first profiled him, when they first met. He destroyed their house caused a great deal of damage to her, her home and  personal belongings. A Threat Assessment profile detected  his violent  behavior potential.  She remembered my initial profile on him and left the house before he could attack her. He has since calmed down and is acting like nothing happened. The next epoxide he beat her very badly over a statement she made that triggered his jealousy.
My client sent me the pictures of her beaten and bruised body. It broke my heart. She finely had had enough, she asked him to leave her home and got a devoice.
Never equate "jealousy" with love. Many people, male/ female who are insecure personalities themselves make this very serious mistake.  
Remember this statement "If I can't have him/her nobody will." This statement made by someone who is a very jealous personality could and will have very serious consequences.  
It could cost you, your life.

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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE


So please tell me FBI what the word "intend" means? It is very simple. Let me lay it out for you. The word "intend" means a person has in mind to do something. It does not mean the person will do it. People always have great intentions. Every New Year people "intend" to start an exercise program, many never do. People accused of some type of wrong doing, "intend" to defend themselves in a court of law, most never do. The word "intend" does not mean "I will" or "I won't." It does not mean "I did" or "I didn't." It means "I might" or "I think."

Do you remember the movie "A few Good Men" do you remember when Tom Cruz was asking Jack Nicholson questions about following orders, Nicholson had stated that private Santiago was not to be touched, he was to be left alone. Do not give him a "code red." Cruz asks Nicholson are you sure your men obeyed your orders? Do your men always obey your orders? Nicholson is getting angry and states that men obey orders or men die. You got that! You got son! Tom Cruz turns around to Nicholson and states if your orders are always obeyed and private Santiago was in no danger, he was not to be touched because your orders are always obeyed. "Than why was private Santiago being transferred off the Base"

"Why the two orders?"

Now I will ask you Ms. Clinton if you had no "intention" to break the law, no "intention" to circumvent Government protocol, no "intention" to compromise the security of the United States then,


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Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

Deception Detection
Answer #8
I want to get into more detail on shoulder display's  called the "shoulder shrugs" when one or two shoulder come up. We will use "shoulder shrugs"  to indicate lack of knowledge. Look for both shoulders to rise at the same time. When only one shoulder comes up the message given is suspect. When both shoulders only rise partially, very little, this shows a lack of commitment.   Also many times but not always, you will also see the palms turn up called the "rogatory position."
When you ask a person a question and they harbor no "guilty knowledge" of the question asked seeing the shoulders pop "shoulder shrug" up and the palms turn up with the shoulder shrug, would not be a sign of deception.
When talking to a person and they are making a passionate and assertive declarative statement and the palms turn up with or without a shoulder shrug this "tell" is not very affirmative and this tells me the person is asking or begging to be believed. With any declarative statement "no, I didn't do it" those palms should be face down demanding to be believed and not asking or begging to be believed. 
Remember the innocent go forward the person who is harboring  "guilty knowledge" will retreat and give off "tells" that scream low confidence and discomfort.      

Special interest Article;
Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

Deception Detection Quiz


1) When a person does not look at you in the eyes when answering a question he/she is lying. False
There is no evidence to state that gaze aversion is a sign of deception. When people are comfortable and feel no immediate threat or when answering questions looking at faces causes cognitive overload.  

2) When a person is answering your questions and starts rubbing their nose or ear is lying. False
When a person is put in a stressful situation blood pressure will rise and the behavior of rubbing the face is a pacifying gesture to relax and bring the subject back into a state of comfort. The nasal passages become dry. The hairs in the nose start to stand up and become itchy.

3) When a person looks you in the eye through out your questions he/she is telling the truth. False
Practiced liars and psychopaths have been taught at a very early age to look at people directly in the eyes when talking, they believe that doing so will be seen as a sign of truthfulness. They will over compensate and look at you to much.
4) Words and actions come before Emotions. False
Emotions are always expressed before words and actions.
5) When a personality looks to the right when answering a question he/she is lying. False

6) When a person looks to the left when answering a question he/she is being truthful. False
Both questions 5,6 are bases on NLP.

NLP was invented in the 1970s by Linguist John Grinder and a Psychologist, Richard Bandler. The concept of NLP was since the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body than watching the eyes called "eye accessing cues" when asking a question the eyes would access top right, "construct" top left, "recall" we could ascertain if the person was being deceptive. To this day there is no credible research to back up its claims. For example if a person is rehearsing a lie over and over again for later recall, where do you think this information is being stored? It is being stored in long term memory. In a situation where a person is being asked a question in which they have rehearsed a deceptive answer where do you think their eyes will access? Their eyes will access top left for "recall." Take in the fact that some people are what is called "opposite orientated" looking top right for "recall" and top left for "construct." You can understand why NLP is not a valid proven science for detecting deception. The past president of the NLP Society John LaValle has stated that there is no correlation between eye movement and deception detection.

7) When a person is sitting and folding their arms when answering your questions, is lying. False
Many people sit this way and may be a sign of comfort. When a person is sitting with their shoulders up called the "turtle" trying to hide in the open and clinching their opposite arms tightly this would be a sign of discomfort. I would take note of that part of the interview and return back and ask additional questions.

8) When a person turns one of their palms up when answering a direct question stating they could not do such a thing or they were not involved, he/she is being truthful. False
When answering a question and a person turns both palms and shoulders up at the same time and states "I don't know"  the person is Limbic committed to their statement, when only one palm and shoulder turns up. This tells me they are not Limbic committed to their statement I would return and ask additional questions to understand why. 
9) In a statement verbal or written the longer the answer/explanation the more truthful they are. False
The shortest answer to any question is the best answer. Many times deceptive people will answer your question with a lot of equivocal, unnecessary language in the hopes that you will believe they are being cooperative and truthful. The only problem is that many times than not they never answer your question.   

10) When a person states they would not or could not do what you are accusing them of, he/she is being truthful. False
You cannot substitute the words could not, would not or the word never, for the word "no"  
The shortest answer is the best answer " No, I didn't do it" is the most truthful answer to your question or accusation.

Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE
Deception Detection


Detecting deception is very difficult. Even the professionals who are trained in deception detection such as law enforcement, judges
and attorney's are only 50 - 60 percent accurate. Many of the body language "tells" that people look for as a sign of deceit are a signs of nervousness and anxiety when being interviewed, more than accurate signs of deception. Lets take a quiz and see how accurate you are
in your ability to detect deception.


I am going to ask all of you ten questions. I want you, based on the information I have posted here and your ability to detect deception when you know someone is lying to you. The answers are true or false. Lets see how good you do.

1) When a person does not look at you in the eyes when answering a question he/she is lying?

2) When a person is answering your question and starts rubbing their nose or ear he/she is lying?

3) When a person looks you in the eye through out your questions he/she is telling the truth.

4) Words and actions come before Emotions.

5) When a personality looks to the right when answering a question is he/she is lying?

6) When a person looks to the left when answering a question he/she is being truthful.

7) When a person is sitting and folding their arms when answering your questions, is lying.

8) When a person turns one of their palms up when answering a direct question stating they could not do such a thing or they were not involved, is he/she is being truthful?

9) In a statement verbal or written the longer the answer/explanation the more truthful they are.

10) When a person states they would not or could not do what you are accusing them of, is he/she being truthful?

Tomorrow part 2 answers.

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