The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


March 6, 2012

SCC Foundation will host forensic expert

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 — The Stanly Community College (SCC) Foundation will be kicking off a new Lecture Series with renowned forensic handwriting expert, Thomas Grogan. This exciting presentation will be held on March 27 in the Dennis Auditorium located in the Kelley building on the Albemarle campus. It is free and open to the public.

Grogan is a certified forensic document examiner and an internationally court qualified handwriting expert.

He is the president and chief examiner of Forensic Document Laboratory, Inc., based out of Charlotte.  

Grogan has provided services to hundreds of clients ranging from private individuals/ law firms to government and law enforcement agencies.

Forensic Document Laboratory, Inc., and Thomas Grogan were the only private lab and independent handwriting expert to be retained for examination and forensic analysis of the ransom note in the JonBenet Ramsey case.  

Grogan is the forensic handwriting expert for the CBS-TV show, “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace” and “Swift Justice with Jackie Glass.”  He was consulted by the local news media to provide an expert insight into the bogus ransom note involving the Zahra Baker investigation. Grogan also teaches seminars on identity theft as related to forged signatures.

The idea of hosting a forensic specialist to speak on campus was originated by the SCC Cyber Crime Club – DataHunt3r’s. The college not only offers a degree in Cyber Crime Technology, but also has a virtual club whose purpose is to allow online students the same opportunities as seated students to participate in club activities. Club members attend forensic conferences, perform mock trials, and this event will kick off a speaker series for the students.

The Foundation Lecture Series will host speakers at the college on a regular basis; upcoming events are scheduled for June, September, and November of this year. Dr. J.C. Boone, author of “Hitler at the Obersalzberg,” will be the guest speaker on Sept. 25. The November event will feature Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist whose works include projects with National Geographic.

For more information about this or upcoming events, please contact Janet Sistare – Foundation director at (704) 991-0189.

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