George Zimmerman (GZ) stands accused of second degree murder of Trayvon Martin (TM). GZ wrote a police narrative the same night. Some highlights of this narrative are discussed in this article.
Handwriting contains all the aspects of our daily lives and reveals how we act, feel and think.
1. handwriting is a behavior and is in line with other behavioral choices.
2. handwriting changes reveals the emotional value of our word selection.
3. word selection shows what we are thinking.
George Zimmerman case study:
1. handwriting is in line with other behavioral choices
GZ writes his personal pronoun I (PPI ) in a reversed manner. The task of writing the PPI legible while accomplishing the task in an alternative way shows that GZ only “appears to follow the rules”. GZ has been described as underhanded and a master manipulator by his peers.
A writer who suddenly has a slant change forward, here the “h” in “the”, does not mentally control his impulses. Such individuals tend to “suddenly lose control”. GZ slapped his girlfriend on her mouth for “popping her gum”.
In general down strokes are made by contracting the hand. Down strokes are “action oriented”. Down strokes that move beyond the baseline are uncontrolled actions and are linked to “uncontrollable subconscious urges”. GZ relentlessly bullied an Arab co-worker at work to the point of an official complaint.
2. handwriting reveal our emotional sensitivities
In line 17, GZ describes that Trayvon Martin “circled” his vehicle and then he states that “I could not hear if he said anything”.
GZ interpreted TM as “suspicious” which is why he called 911. Then GZ states he “circled” my car which implies threatening body language. In that situation, GZ would closely scrutinize TM. GZ wrote that he could not hear “IF” TM said anything and during close scrutiny you would know whether he said something or not. The word “IF” does not fit the circumstance. GZ should have said “I could not hear what he said” or “he did not say anything”.
A look at his handwriting confirms GZ is deceptive. The “ i “ in “ if” is much larger than all other surrounding “ i’s “ and the word “ if “ is exaggerated to convince. Circumstance and this change in writing behavior suggests deception.
3. word selection reveals what we are thinking
In his police statement, GZ used the PPI on every possible occasion. He used the PPI 24x before and 10x after line 45, the crux of his story line.
In line 44 GZ states “as he had assured he was going to kill”. The word “me” is missing and is indicative that GZ is not telling “who was being assured” although implied. He used “me” correctly in all other 14 available cases . This suggests deception as distracting thoughts like how to tell the truth but not the whole truth, changed is normal sentence construction.
What happened in GZ’s own words? GZ called 911 and was told not to follow TM. GZ gets out of his vehicle and puts his phone away, … in a different than his usual pocket. The change in pocket is generally secondary to distracting thoughts and or actions. Distractions like putting your phone away to clear your hands to draw a gun.
According to GZ’s own words, TM was leaving the scene. TM showed “conflict avoidance” behavior. Why does a 17 year old suddenly change his mind and attack “out of nowhere?” GZ in his own words wanted to catch TM as he was disgruntled in the 911 call by saying “these assholes always get away” and “shit, he’s running”. Then he showed the world he meant it by getting out of his car and ignore the instructions of the operator. GZ had confrontation on his mind.
He put his phone away while he might need it in the near future. Distracting thoughts regarding catching TM while taking his gun out of his holster, made him put his phone in the wrong pocket. I think that GZ approached TM with gun in hand which explains why Trayvon Martin pummeled him. It was TM who feared for his life.
In line 40 and 41 GZ explains that TM reached for his “now exposed" firearm. In light of the above described scenario, this makes sense. The words “now exposed” are not necessary as TM can not reach for a gun when he doesn't know it's existence. The “now exposed ” is to emphasize “when the gun came into play”. This is highly likely a misdirection for having pulled his gun prior to approaching TM. This is only one of the reasons why I think GZ had his gun drawn when approaching TM.
Although I don't believe GZ was intent on killing that night, he sure had the behavioral characteristics of someone intent on confrontation and his confidence was bolstered by a gun in his hand.
It came as no surprise that Zimmerman's hands had no defensive wounds or other scratch marks on them. He had no need to defend himself with gun in hand.