Here, once again, is a link to what is probably her best known display. Sorry, I can't duplicate it here, but you can check it out by clicking on the link. Let's begin by taking a closer look at that first comparison, a letter "d" supposedly penned by Patsy, followed by a "d" from the ransom note. Judging from Wong's display, the two letters do seem remarkably similar, based on what looks like a similar curvature on the right vertical line. But the display available on the internet is relatively small and somewhat pixellated. Lets take a closer look by examining a blowup of the words from which these letters were extracted. Patsy's "d" is taken from the photo caption on the left, supposedly written by Patsy, but possibly by Burke. It's the final "d" in the word "and." The exemplar on the right is the first letter of the word "daughter," from the ransom note. Please look carefully:
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the next comparison on her display is based on the "Rainbow Fish Players" caption, which as I pointed out, looks very different in style from the remaining exemplars used in her analysis, and may well have been penned by Burke. So let's skip to the comparison under that one, based on the letters "ro." These two letters are taken from a pageant badge found at the Ramsey home, reading "Hello . . . I'm Marilyn Monroe." This too was supposedly crafted by Patsy, though that's never been confirmed, to my knowledge. Not that it matters much, because it doesn't make much sense to compare the stylized lettering on that badge with lettering from a written document. Or does it? Not to Cina Wong, who finds a helpful "match" with the same letters in the word "brown," from "brown paper bag" in the ransom note:
It's amusing to picture Wong desperately searching through all the many characters in the note (1583 in all) and all the characters she could find from her Patsy collection, until she found this "match." Yes, there is a certain similarity, but so what? The note contains eight different "ro" combinations, yet out of these she could find only one that matched anything she could associate with Patsy? This is the very definition of cherry picking.
Next on the list, the letter "n," from the word "when" in the same caption as above, compared with "n" in the first instance of the word "chance," from the ransom note. In the online gif these letters are small and quite difficult to make out, but let's take a closer look:
And here again, as with the first example, I just don't see the resemblance. Both are written in manuscript style, so they do show some similarity. But the rightmost vertical of "Patsy's" letter n goes all the way to the bottom while the corresponding vertical in the note stops short of that point and curves ever so slightly to the right. And here again, we can only wonder at Wong's diligence in searching carefully through the entire note for the "perfect" (actually not so perfect) match. Actually the letter "n" appears 102 times in that document. So what about the other 101?
Moving right along, we find a comparison between two letter "o"s, the first from the questionable "Rainbow Fish Players" exemplar and the second from the word "out," from "out smart us."
Do you see the point? In her gif, Wong highlights the tiny little point at the tip of both letters. Otherwise they are not so similar, though "o" is such a simple letter it's hard to see how they could be very different regardless of who penned them. Very subtle indeed. Now if you get really ambitious, you can systematically go through all the many "o"s in the note and all the many "o" in the various other exemplars from Patsy to see how many have similar points at the top. But why waste your time? Since, as I've already mentioned, the "Rainbow Fish Players" scrawl is written in a totally different style from anything else Wong managed to find from Patsy and was probably written by someone else, very possibly a child.
To be continued . . . .