Deciphering Obliterations

Obliterated Handwriting Analysis

If a portion of a document text has been obliterated, either with a correction fluid or tape or by repetitive strokes of a marking pen, there is a possibility that the examiner can decipher the original entry. Cases involving reading through obliteration’s may include obliterated entries into business records or logs, attendance sign in sheets, anonymous communications or to generating investigative leads.

Drexler Document Laboratory, LLC utilized state-of-the-art instrumentation to examine obliberations. The tests are non-destructive and results of illumination reactions are documented. It is noted that this examination can only be performed on the “original” document. In addition, examinations of this type, because of the non-portability of the equipment required, must be conducted in the laboratory.