They took saliva samples from the licked envelopes to …

They took saliva samples from the licked envelopes to identify blood
groups which they cross-checked with doctor’s records. They traced
fingerprints on the paper, sourced the ink and collated an extensive
archive of handwriting samples.  It was his handwriting that caught out Borchardt. “It just seemed like an ordinary piece of homework,” he says, when the pupils in his class were asked to write an essay describing themselves and their later goals in life. “The thing is, my father thought I had such terrible handwriting he wanted my sister to write it up for me. He nearly got his way.”

The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC – BBC News

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