Jamaica’s handwriting expert — ‘Bat Mitzvah Girl’

Beverley East reading from her book during recent book launch in NYC.

Beverly East launched her third book here during a month-end reception signaling the end of Black History Month and the advent of Women’s History Month.

Titled “Bat Mitzvah Girl – Memories of a Jamaican Child,” her latest publication follows her through an experience she shared during a period when she was placed in the care of a family whose culture was different from her own.

According to the author the book is about “my childhood growing up in London in the 50s.”

She explained that the title describes her and the contents are derived from the experience she shared living overseas.

“While maintaining my Jamaican culture through strict up-bringing of my parents I was also taken care of and loved by four childless Jewish sisters,” East explained.

Previously, East penned “Finding Mr. Write” and “Reaper of Soul” a book which focused on the tragic 1957 train crash in Kendal, Jamaica. In addition to a writer, East is acclaimed as a graphologist –handwriting expert — who has testified as an expert in the field of forensic document examination.

Her opinion has been sought for commentary on landmark cases such as the Jon Benet Ramsay mystery case.

She is president of Strokes & Slants, a company she established to assist with “verifying the authenticity of signatures and comments for fraud and malpractice in relation to checks, wills, contracts and medical records.”

With offices in Washington D.C., England and Jamaica, S&S and East have been retained in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, and the USA to work on landmark court cases.

She has penned several articles related to personalities and their high-profile status. Focusing on strokes and slants East offered insight on the handwriting techniques of former President Bill Clinton’s intern, Monica Lewinsky’s; Lee Boyd Malvo AKA the D.C. sniper and commented on the authenticity of the former Mayor of DC Anthony Williams’ petition.

She also provided valuable information relevant to the case surrounding Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

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