Relying on a curator to analyze handwriting. The fetus remains in custody, being held without bail.
…for the past several months, museum collections curator Paul Vandecarr has been comparing Ricketts’ handwriting examples to the writing on the label of the jar to establish a possible connection.
What the unscientific research has so far turned up is fascinating.
“Most of the handwriting did not match anything he came up with,” according to Pacific Grove city manager Tom Frutchey. “But one letter [from Ricketts] did match.” While the match offers some hope to those who would like to make the connection between the fetus and Ricketts, who had specimens of all sorts at his Cannery Row laboratory, it also deepens the mystery.