A well-known handwriting expert is 99.9 percent certain John Mark Karr wrote the ransom note found near the scene of JonBenet Ramsey’s murder, says the Rocky Mountain News. Curt Baggett, the Texas-based co-founder of the School of Forensic Document Examination, said, “There are at least a dozen traits that match up perfectly, when comparing a (high school) yearbook signed by Karr and the ransom note.” Some of those traits are fairly common, while others are rare, he said. That there are so many similarities pushes the odds up into the seven digits.
The issue of handwriting could be critical. If DNA evidence in the 10-year-old case is inconclusive, what might connect a killer to the scene is the ransom note found on a stairway in the Ramseys’ Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. Other experts are less certain than Baggett about the note’s origin, and they expect competing testimony should the case ever go to trial. Karr is expected to be extradited from Los Angeles to Colorado, as soon as today.