31 May 1953 |
Though born in Kingston, Jamaica, East attended Kingsway College in London, graduating with A-levels in English Language, Literature & German and O-levels in British Economic and Social History, German, Italian, English Literature and Language, Sociology
East attended the College of Distributive Trades in London and earned a degree in CAM Dip (Marketing, PR and Advertising).
She began studying graphology at the International Graphoanalysis Society and was certified in 1989. She earned her Master's in Graphoanalysis from the International Graphoanalysis Society. In 1993 she became a Certified Questioned Document Examiner (QDE) for the National Bureau of Questioned Document Examiners in New York, NY.
East was instructed in Forensic Document Examination by Felix Klein (1911–1994), the founder of the National Society for Graphology and the founder of the National Bureau of Document Examiners.
She authenticated handwriting on the labels of 1,700-item butterfly collection assembled by naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace for the then-owner of the collection, attorney Robert Haggestad, who purchased the collection for $600. Haggestad asked East to authenticate the handwriting, which she did. The collection was later purchased by the Smithsonian for substantial sum ($4.5 million).
East was the handwriting expert in the 2012 court case of the Jamaican Stone Crusher Gang, where police fabricated witness statements against members. Accused gang members were later released because of the evidence being false.
East has also been asked by the media to comment on the handwriting of news worthy events. In 1998, "The Reliable Source", a respected Washington Post column, asked her to review Monica Lewinsky’s handwriting. East was also asked to comment on handwriting samples from the anthrax mailings case for a National Geographic Channel documentary.
In addition to being a graphologist, East is an author.
- Finding Mr. Write: A New Slant on Selecting the Perfect Mate, Villard, 2000.
- Reaper of Souls: A Novel of the Kendal Crash, 2007, Great House OmniMedia Ltd.
- Bat Mitzvah Girl – Memories of a Jamaican Child, 2013.
East was awarded the Flori Roberts – Ladies First Trailblazer award in 2002, for being the first woman of color to be qualified to and practice graphology and QDE.
- Felix Klein
- Cabinet of Alfred Russel Wallace Quigley’s Cabinet
- Alison Frankel, "Troutman Sanders Lawyer's Beetle Mania Earns Place in History of Science", AM Law Daily, retrieved 2/12/2009.
- Janice Budd, "Fraudbuster: How local handwriting expert exposed forged murder witness statement", The Sunday Observer (Jamaica), February 12, 2012, pp. 6-7.
- "Fabricated - Stone Crusher gang members freed on fake evidence", Jamaica Gleaner, retrieved February 4, 2012.
- "Hunting the Anthrax Killer", National Geographic Channel.
- "Your Handwriting: All This Pro Needs to Gauge Who You Are", Jamaica Observer
- "She Can See Write Through You," Black Enterprise Magazine, June 2000, p. 92.
- "Beverley East's Big Idea", Jamaica Observer, December 21, 2009.