Photo of Beverley East
31 May 1953 |
Though born in Kingston, Jamaica, East attended Westminster Kingsway College in London, graduating with A-levels in English Language, Literature and 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 a 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. In June 2014, she was named by Ebony magazine as one of "six Caribbean writers you should take some time to discover" (alongside Mervyn Morris, Andrea Stuart, Ann-Margaret Lim, Roland Watson-Grant, and Tiphanie Yanique, who were attending the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica). her first book, Finding Mr. Write: A New Slant on Selecting the Perfect Mate (2000), became a bestseller after it received major media coverage, including East being interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America.
- 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.
East was awarded the "Forerunner Award - from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in November 2015 in Washington D.C.
- "Our Founder Felix Klein", Felix Klein School of Graphology.
- "Cabinet of Alfred Russel Wallace" Quigley’s Cabinet, 10 July 2010.
- Alison Frankel, "Troutman Sanders Lawyer's Beetle Mania Earns Place in History of Science", AM Law Daily, 12 February 2009.
- Janice Budd, "Fraudbuster: How local handwriting expert exposed forged murder witness statement", The Sunday Observer (Jamaica), 12 February 2012, pp. 6-7.
- Barbara Gayle, "Fabricated - Stone Crusher gang members freed on fake evidence", Jamaica Gleaner, 4 February 2012.
- "Hunting the Anthrax Killer" Archived May 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., National Geographic Channel.
- Kristin Braswell, "6 Caribbean Writers to Discover This Summer", Ebony, June 2014.
- Richard Johnson, "Ebony hails Caribbean poets", Jamaica Observer, 29 June 2014.
- Authors, The 2014 Calabash International Literary Festival.
- Petre Williams-Raynor, "Your Handwriting: All This Pro Needs to Gauge Who You Are", Jamaica Observer, 19 February 2012
- "She Can See Write Through You," Black Enterprise Magazine, June 2000, p. 92.
- Jean Lowrie-Chin, "Beverley East's Big Idea", Jamaica Observer, 21 December 2009.