CA Department of Justice -No Questioned Document Reports? Message Board: Letters: CA Department of Justice -No Questioned Document Reports?

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Friday, August 17, 2001 - 11:22 pm:

I received the following letter dated 8/14/01:

Dear Dr. Davis:

This letter is in response to your correspondence requesting records under the Public Records Act. You have requested the final opinions of of former Head of Questioned Documents Sherwood Morrell relative to all of the Zodiac killer letters (1966-1978).

A through search of all case files within the Bureau of Forensic Services has been conducted and there was no information found responsive to your request.


John Gaines, Special Agent in

For Bill Lockyer

Attorney General

I will let all of the posters divine their own interpretation of the reply-I know I have my own opinion!

By Oddball (Oddball) ( - on Saturday, August 18, 2001 - 03:08 am:

I'm sure my opinion is the same as yours, Howard!

By The Fife (Thefife) ( - on Saturday, August 18, 2001 - 10:22 am:

Maybe the problem is you asked for the final judgement. Why not just ask for the current judgement? Something like that that should get some answer and not give them an out that you gave them with the word "final." People can die without a final judgement on something.

You might have a easier time getting a definition of sex out of Billy Boy, though.

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Saturday, August 18, 2001 - 11:07 am:

Fife:I requested Morrells historical work not some other Expert who may have rendered an opinion in recent times.

Good work on grammatical analysis of the letters. As you know there are computer experts that do that kind of work and it would be interesting to see if one could be coaxed into doing a computer analysis. I used to know a prof' that did 'comparatives' but I lost track of him.

By Peter H (Peter_H) ( - on Monday, August 20, 2001 - 06:36 am:

Howard: I agree with Fife. Using the word "final" in the request leaves an opening for interpretation that any bureaucrat worth his pocket protector can drive a truckload of Funk & Wagnall's through. Try it again using phrases like "Any and all".

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 01:32 am:

I am working on getting all of the Morrell documents as I located the person who has them,but I need some good negotiating skills.No it's not Rose Morrell!I was surprised though.It was a real miracle.

By Spencer (Spencer) ( - on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 - 12:50 pm:


Did you spell the name Morrell in your request to the DOJ? Could they be so petty as to have rejected your request (which included his former job title, Head of Questioned Documents) because his name is spelled Sherwood MORRILL?

Just a thought . . .


By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Thursday, August 23, 2001 - 02:56 am:

Spencer:Sorry-I did misspell Morrills name and I know betar!And that goes for "any and all" words Peter!