SUNDAY POST 01/16/2016
We at Codefore were amused with the birth certificate posted by the Breibart Blog.
Breibart claims that the mother of Ted Cruz, Eleanor Darragh, was born in Wilmington Delaware and therefore Ted Cruz is a US Citizen.
Breibart says, (Darragh Ted Cruz’s mother) “ was born in Delaware on Nov. 23, 1934, establishing her citizenship by birth–and, according to U.S. law, that of her son, even though he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Dec. 22, 1970.”
Not so Fast Breibart.
In a CNN interview with Candy Crowley, Cruz himself says “ My mother was born in Wilmington Delaware.”
The National news media is assuming that since his mother was born in Delaware and that makes her a US Citizen therefore Ted Cruz is a US Citizen. . No one that we could find has checked out his mother, Mrs. Eleanor Darragh’s birth certificate in the State of Delaware. The claim is that on the Cruz birth certificate Eleanor Wilson is named as his mother and that she received the name Wilson due to a previous marriage. Cruz claims that his mother’s maiden name is Darragh. For now we will assume that this is correct. But is the Darragh birth certificate credible? The birth certificate posted by Breibart is the same as the one that Codefore received from the State of Delaware archives.
We decided to take a look at the birth certificate. Briebart claims that Cruz’s birth certificate lists a woman named Eleanore Elizabeth Wilson (Cruz.s mother). As you can see from the birth document, the name of Cruz;s grandmother is Elizabeth Cekine and the father is Edward J Darragh. They named their child Eleanor Darragh. For now Codefore will not take issue with the names on the Document. For PDF click HERE
As a disclaimer we remind the readers that the document we looked at was taken from the Breibart web site. Breibart claims that it is a copy of an original document. Codefore verified Breibart’s claim and obtained this document from the State of Delaware. We at Codefore are not professional document examiners and our opinions are based on visual computer inspection. However JD Benish of Codeforeblog is a retired police investigator and has had the opportunity to have seen many forged documents during his career. Additionally we at Codefore have access to people that know their way around Adobe Photo shop and other similar photo editing software. These people were invited to take a look at the document also.
We began by enhancing the photograph with filters to make the official looking stamps easier to read and to expose possible color difference.
There are several items on this document that indicate that the document has been created after the advent of photograph editing capabilities. There are also items on this document that indicate that one of the date stamps has been altered, and that both date stamps existed on the document before the document form was created and the hand written information was added.
These items are as follows:
a.We will begin by assuming that the document form was pre-printed on or prior to November 23rd, 1934. We will also assume that some time after that the form was filled out and signed and the date stamps were put there to authenticate the date of birth. Based on these assumptions we assume that the vertical page border on the left side of the document was a part of the original pre-printed form. A visual inspection indicates that there are several portions of the form wherein the form itself appears to overlap the date authentication stamps.
b.The words “PLACE OF BIRTH” slightly overlaps the stamp that says “Delaware, Jan 11 1935 Department” In particular the word “Department” is overlapped. We assume that the words “Place of Birth” were a part of the original printed document and if so, the date stamp should over lap the word “Department” not the opposite.
c.The same situation exists as indicated in the above “a”. The date stamp on the upper right corner of the document is clearly overlapped by the document heading word “BIRTH”.
d.On the upper left corner of the document you will see a stamp that says “STATE BOARD OF HEALTH”. The page border on the left side of the document clearly overlaps the word “STATE” and is visible to the naked eye.
e.About one third down the left side of the document you will see the hand written word “female in the box labeled “sex”. The “f” over laps the vertical page border. Ordinarily you would expect to see this type of overlapping on a pre-printed form, but it has already been established that this page border was added after the date stamps were applied to the document because the date stamp is overlapped by the page border. If this is accurate, the hand written word “female” was added after the Page border and therefore sometime after the date stamp.
There are other suspicious inconsistencies that we see on this document.
- On the box labeled “VERIFICATION OF NAME BY PARENT” the number 31 is inconsistent with all other numerical texts. The number 31 font is several sizes larger than all of the other numbers. It is highly unlikely that in 1934, the font size for this box would have been changed to a larger font than the others The number 31 is the same font size as the words “Verification of name etc:” and it is noted that this font size is the only place it is found on this document. Remember that in 1934 typewriters font size and type were all unique to the typewriter and that is assuming that this document was created using a typewriter. If the document was created by a printer the change in font sizes, in particular the number would be highly unlikely. If the document was created later on a computer, the number font size consistency with the words Verification….;would be an easy error to make.
- As previously stated, filters were used to enhance the coloring of the document in particular the red date stamps. This filtering also revealed another inconsistency. You can see what, appears to be, words that are on the back side of this form. This is not uncommon on birth certificates. On box 22. “Birth place.” The color of the document has changed and is lighter and the visible wording on the back side of the document is not visible in this particular box. In fact the wording on the back side of the document is only not visible in two boxes on this document. Box number 22 and box number 13, Both these boxes indicate place of birth of the parents. The non existence of the visible wording on only these two boxes is highly suspicious and may be an indication that these boxes have been changed. When altering a document such as this, it is very difficult to match exactly the background color and if the background color is to be identical it necessitates changing the background color of the whole document to make all portions appear identical.
- On the bottom right corner we noted that the signature of the physician is missing the top of the “J” and is not similar as the “J” on Jr. . This may be the result of improper stamp application but this signature does not appear to have the characteristics of a “signature stamp” however it does have the characteristics of an actual signature. If this opinion is accurate, the signature on this document may have been “cut and pasted” on the document and the top of the “J” in the name James was not properly cut.You can also see a possible cut error at the top of the letter “B” in the Doctors signature.. PDF HERE.
In the opinion of Codefore, this copy of a birth certificate is not a copy of an original unchanged 1934 document. It is a copy of a document that has been changed using modern photograph editing software. Additionally it appears that the changes were not made by a professional photograph software editor.
There is more. When it became probable that the document was fraudulent, we made further inquiries into the information contained in the document. We accessed the 1940 US Census to see if the Darragh’s actually lived at the address they reported on the birth Certificate. PDF HERE
We specifically made an effort to validate the hand written addresses on the document indicated in boxes 10 and 19. The addresses are different. Box 10 says 222 West 17th St. and Box 22 says 222 W. 7th St. There are currently two such streets in Wilmington but 222 7th St. did not exist when the 1940 US Census was conducted. This would be a possible assumption if and when the original document was edited because today there is a 222 7th St. according to Google Maps. Codefore suggests that whoever made the changes to the document didn’t do enough 1934 research. An address that exists in 2015, didn’t necessarily exist in 1934.
The problem in verifying the residents in 1934 is that there was no verification of residence for the particular year of 1934. However in 1940 when the US Census was conducted the verification survey asks the question of residence for the 5 previous years in the box labeled “Residence April 1st 1935. This would be 97 days after Ted Cruz’s mother was born. It’s the closest date verification of the Darragh family we could get at this time to the exact birth date. (we are still working on this)
At 222 W. 17th St. Wilmington, the 1940 census indicates that Mr. Edgar Welch, a fireman lived there. Welch told the census taker he had lived in this house on April 1st 1935 until present . The Census question as to the total length time Mr. Welch lived there was not asked or required. He could have possibly lived there for 10 years or more. Mr. Welch reported the he, his wife, two children and a lodger who was a barbershop owner named “John” age 32 lived there at the time the census was taken.
A 1940 name search on Darragh produced a Census document for the residence located at 1311 Loll or Toll Rd. unincorporated New Castle county known as Gordon Heights. The address could not be confirmed but the residents were Edward J. Darragh, his wife Elizabeth and children Eleanor and Caroline. Mr. Darragh claimed that all were US Citizens. This research seems to validate, somewhat, the Eleanor birth certificate but does not explain the alterations. At this time the only way to authenticate, or verify the birth certificate of Eleanor Darragh is the St. Francis Hospital Archives or the Catholic Church birth records.
With all of this information taken into consideration, the question of birth certificates should be expanded to include Ted Cruz.s mother. If his mother’s birth certificate is fraudulent then she may not have been a US Citizen. If that is the case, Ted Cruz himself is not a US Citizen naturalized or not and cannot posses a passport nor can he hold a seat in the Senate. We at Codefore are concerned that if Ted Cruz used the above Certificate of Birth to prove citizenship and or obtain a passport, who performed Cruz’s background investigation?? Based on our opinion its apparent that whoever changed this document had co-operation from someone within the Delaware Government. Their Document We also noted that included with the Birth Certificate obtained from the Delaware Archives was a transmittal sheet that indicated that it was for Eleanor E. Darragh. Nowhere in any of the documents we researched was the middle initial “E.” used to support the birth of Eleanor. This birth certificate states that Eleanor Darragh was born 1934. Was one of the changes made to the Birth Certificate erroneous?