Every good dog and pony show should have a clown interlude and that was supplied yesterday by Gloria “No ambulance should go unchased” Allred.
Go here to read the accusations of Beverly Nelson Young, who, coincidentally (?), was in the same high school class as Moore’s future wife, who he married in 1984. Moore has denied everything, and go here to look at a video of his statement.
What I find fascinating is the alleged signing by Moore of her yearbook. I have long regarded handwriting analysis as at best an art rather than a science, but there are people on the internet pointing out facts that might indicate a forgery. Go here to take a look at one of the posts alleging this.
I am not a handwriting analyst, and I will not play one on this blog, but I do have a few questions:
- Why would Moore sign himself as DA, rather than the Deputy District Attorney, the first full time one appointed in the history of Etowah County? Attorneys tend to be precise about the offices they hold, and Moore, a newly minted attorney, would have been unlikely to claim the title of his boss.
- Why was the restaurant called the Olde Hickory House rather than the Old Hickory House, its correct name? An odd mistake for Moore to make if he was a regular there, as the alleged victim claimed. (Scratch this one. An ad has appeared from 1978 in which the name of the business was spelled Olde Hickory House.)
- Handwriting tends to change as people grow older. (I know mine has.) How was Moore signing his name back in 1977?
- Why give a precise date, 12-22-77, after the note, when the note indicates it was written at Christmas 1977?
- OK, I will lapse into handwriting expert just once: the 77 in Christmas 1977 and in 12-22-77 look different to my completely untrained eyes.
- Assuming that Moore had nefarious intent for the young lady, would he, as an attorney, have been stupid enough to give a potential written evidence hostage for the future? I have been an attorney for 35 years and I can attest that most attorneys tend to be a cautious breed when it comes to protecting themselves.
- Why would the alleged victim treat the inscription like a family heirloom all these years? Why didn’t she rip out the page, strike it out, or have colorful commentary by her written under it noting his attempt to rape her?
I have been involved in more than a few cases where a purported haymaker piece of evidence rebounds on those who seek to use it. If I were Moore, and if I were innocent, I would demand that the yearbook be submitted to a panel of experts to analyze the handwriting and to attempt to determine the age of the ink. Stay tuned for future developments in this ongoing soap opera.