Friday, May 16, 2014

No Cinnanom In Statement Analysis


No Cinnamon In Statement Analysis
                                                           by Peter Hyatt 

There are no synonyms in Statement Analysis.  Each word has a different meaning, so when a word changes, something happened that impacted the change.

This principle has been challenged by writers, who say otherwise.

Man


Person


Guy

these are all talking about the same person, therefore, are "synonyms" and can be used interchangeably.

Car and Auto


Dog and Pet


so, what about creative writing?  Weren't we taught not to keep using the same word, for fear of dull repetition?

Talented writers will avoid tedious repetition for the sake of interest, but it is not how people talk, and it is not what people are thinking, on the fly, when answering questions, especially when the context is a police interview.

The answer is context.

The number one element that bears upon language change is emotion.  When there is a change in language, there is a change in reality.  Remember our child molestation principle that a man cannot, generally, molest his own "daughter", therefore, he might 'change' her in order to molest her?

This is a peculiar aspect and one that should not be taken out of context.  He was accused of molesting his daughter:

"This is a load of crap.  You people should be disgusted with yourselves. Do you think that I am disgusted?  This is a bunch of lies and you people know it.  
What I did is this.  I got home from a friend's at 10AM and my wife and my daughter were home.  She was ticked that I was out early because she
wanted to go shopping.  She left.  I was busy and the girl had homework anyway. 
The next thing I know she gets home from shopping, wants me 
to carry in the groceries and my daughter is crying like there's
something wrong.  you get called.  Cops get called and here

I am with this crap."

If this was in the newspaper, it would likely read, "Man Denies Molesting Own Daughter" but with Statement Analysis, or "Scientific Content Analysis" (SCAN) from Avinoam Sapir, we seek to "enter into" the reality of the statement and learn not only what happened, but, perhaps, why something happened.  

"My car sputtered and died.  I left the vehicle on the side of the road."

What happened, in reality, that caused the "car" (which was "my" car) to turn into "the vehicle" (not even "my vehicle")?  It was that the car no longer was useful.  I can tell you that when he picks up the repaired vehicle, it will turn into a "car" again.  

Principle:  When there is no justification within the context for the change of language, the analyst should consider that deception is present.  

Let's go back to the child molestation statement.  In it, incredibly to some, the man not only 'confesses', but we learn about his character, and who he blames for the molestation! 

"This is a load of crap.  You people should be disgusted with yourselves. Do you think that I am disgusted?  This is a bunch of lies and you people know it.  
What I did is this.  I got home from a friend's at 10AM and my wife and my daughter were home.  She was ticked that I was out early because she
wanted to go shopping.  She left.  I was busy and the girl had homework anyway. 
The next thing I know she gets home from shopping, wants me 
to carry in the groceries and my daughter is crying like there's
something wrong.  you get called.  Cops get called and here
I am with this crap."

There is much to this short statement.  He spoke in anger, and was not writing a tale of interest.  It's a good sample statement because it is rich in principle:

1.  "This and That"

The word "this" indicates closeness, while the word "that" indicates distance.  He immediately catches our attention with the allegation by referring to it as "this"

2.  Repetition:

anything repeated is important.  He repeats "disgust" in his vocabulary.  In an interviewer, I seek to learn why.

3.  Question within an open statement.

Always note that when someone asks a question within an open statement that the subject might be speaking to himself.

4.  Change of Language

"Bunch of crap" has come to "bunch of lies" but I do not see any justification within the context for the change.  I am not on the look out for possible deception within the statement.

5.  Admission "What I did..." now tells us that he did, in fact, do something of concern enough to bring to our attention.  Remember:  the brain knows what happened and the liar has got to pull words out from the very same brain that knows the truth.

6.  Incomplete Social Introduction indicates trouble within a relationship.

Here he uses "my wife" and "my daughter", without their names, which is incomplete, though it is not that bad since he uses the possessive pronoun, "my."  This, like everything else flagged, is targeted in the Interview.  We always use the subject's language, and even ask the subject to define anything.  This way we are not only legally sound, but avoid the error of interpreting his words, rather than listening and entering into his portrait of reality.

7.  Highest Sensitivity in SCAN

When someone tells us about the "leaving" of a place, it is very sensitive.  It is about 80% due to rushing, traffic, time, etc, but 20% is critical.  It is a strong indication that there is missing information right at this very point.

We color it blue as the highest level of sensitivity.  Where there is two or more "blues", we are often looking at solving the case.

Here, not only does he say "why" his wife is angry, but right next to it, he tells us that she left.  This is where there is critical information being withheld, even while the brain is leaking it out.

His wife's "leaving" has something to do with this allegation of molestation.  The Interview should focus upon the leaving.

8.  Change of Language

So, what happened after his wife "left"?

Something, indeed, did happen.   Did you notice that he changed "my daughter" into "the girl"?  This is the principle that a father cannot really molest his own daughter, in that he most go through a process, in his mind, where he 'changes' something about their relationship.

This is a strong signal that he molested her while the mother was gone.

He cannot molest his own "daughter", but he can touch "the girl" (gender specific).

It is sexual contact that changed her from "daughter" to "girl" and this statement is likely to be verified by the daughter's testimony in the interview process. (It was)

9.  Passage of Time

"The next thing I know" is a verbal indication that he has skipped time ("temporal lacunae" for those of you who, like me, barely passed the Latin Regents), and it comes in the critical part of the statement.

10.  Change of Language

He has changed her back to his "daughter" again.

What changed?

Looking in context we find the answer:

It was the presence of his wife that, when removed, changed his "daughter" into a "girl", and when his wife's presence returned, so he returned the child back to the status of "daughter."

Did you see the lout complaining about having to carry groceries in for his wife?  This is insight into his entitled, lazy, surly and perverted personality.

11.  Admission

"There's something wrong."  Indeed.  People do not like to lie outright and you will notice that he did not deny molesting her.

The child's disclosure was accurate.

The man blamed his own wife because "she knew" about his "little problem" and if she had not left...well, this was his thinking.

Although creative writing uses synonyms regularly, in teaching Statement Analysis, there "is no cinnamons" allowed!






8 comments:

GeekRad said...

That is a good reminder of/lesson in Statement Analysis. I also really like when we know the outcome. It helps to crystalize the concepts for me.

Hobnob said...

off topic

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ga. —

The Putnam County Sheriff confirms to Channel 2 Action News that a body pulled from Lake Oconee late Friday afternoon is that of Shirley Dermond.

Dermond disappeared two weeks ago after her husband, Russell Dermond, 88, was found decapitated at the couple’s home on Lake Oconee.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said in his 40 years in law enforcement, he's never seen a case quite like this.

“It is unusual for me at this point in the investigation, especially with this many people involved in the investigation, not to have a clear path that we are going down,” Sills said.

Sills said his investigators are almost done processing the Dermond's house for clues. He's even questioned Mrs. Dermond's bridge club.

It's been two weeks since someone killed and then beheaded 88-year-old Russell Dermond and possibly kidnapped his 87 year old wife Shirley.

Sills says most murders usually involve some kind of criminal activity but that doesn't appear to be the case with the Dermonds, someone he calls an all-American couple.

“The associations that would normally be with a crime like this, much less one as bizarre as this, are not here. So that leaves us looking at everybody and everything,” Sills said.

Other than using the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab, Sills has declined to call in GBI investigators.

Channel 2’s Richard Elliot spoke on the phone with the Dermond's son Keith in Jacksonville. He didn't want to be recorded but did tell Elliot that bringing in more investigators would be a good idea.

“The more people we have looking at things, who knows? The more resources, the more people, it would be better off. I don't know why the GBI wouldn't be involved," Keith Dermond said.

Sills maintains his investigation is very thorough.

“The idea here is to find out who these people would have some sort of problem with a rather somebody had a problem with them. And you do that by literally trying to identify every human they know,” said Sills.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 706-485-8557

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/source-investigators-find-body-putnam-county/nfyK5/

getthem said...

Excellent analysis, just very sad.

shmi said...

"His wife's "leaving" has something to do with this allegation of molestation. The Interview should focus upon the leaving."

In his story, they fought because she wanted to go shopping, and he didn't get home until 10am.

Seems she was mad?

Why did the Mom leave her daughter alone with him, if she thought he was molesting his daughter?

Just wanting to learn what part of his story leads you to believe they fought about the allegation of molestation?

Thank you for posting this. Lots to take in.

Hobnob said...

off topic

Man acquitted as hit man in 'Blind Faith' murder admits to crime, officials say
Published May 16, 2014
Associated Press

A man found not guilty in a long-perplexing 1984 New Jersey murder-for-hire case made famous by the book "Blind Faith" has confessed that he was indeed the hit man, authorities said Friday.

The revelation came one day after the same man, Larry Thompson, was indicted on a murder charge in a 1979 slaying in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ocean County, New Jersey Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said Thompson cannot be tried again for the same crime, however -- the 1984 shooting death of Maria Marshall. Marshall was found shot to death in a picnic area along the Garden State Parkway.

Coronato said his office reopened the file on Thompson last year after hearing from the district attorney's office in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, because of similarities between the cases.

Marshall's husband, Toms River insurance salesman Robert Marshall, was convicted in 1986 of paying to have her killed, and for nearly 20 years was the first in line in New Jersey slated for execution after the state reinstated the death penalty in 1982. His death sentence was overturned in 2004 and the state abolished the death penalty three years later.

In a 2007 interview with The Associated Press, Marshall maintained that he is innocent and that he was framed. He remains in prison, but has a parole hearing scheduled for December.

The saga was the subject of Joe McGinniss' true-crime novel "Blind Faith" and a 1990 miniseries of the same name.

Thompson, who was accused of being the hit man, was cleared by the same jury that convicted Marshall.

The not-guilty verdict came largely because of an alibi. His wife, son, brother and others testified that Thompson took his son to a dentist in Louisiana the day Maria Marshall was killed, making it impossible for him to have been in New Jersey at the time.

Ocean County authorities said Thompson last month told James Churchill, a retired prosecutor's office detective who had worked on the case 30 years ago, that witnesses who said he was in Louisiana were lying or mistaken. Coronato said no one would be charged with lying to a jury because the statute of limitations for perjury is five years.

Thompson is a dozen years into an 80-year term for attempted murder of a police officer and armed robbery in Louisiana.

He now faces a murder charge for the 1979 death of Deana Montgomery. The alleged victim's husband, James Montgomery, was also charged with murder in the case. As in the Maria Marshall slaying, the victim was shot in the head at close range while in a car.

Authorities in both Louisiana and New Jersey said they did not know whether Thompson has a lawyer.

District Attorney Richard Johnson in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, told the Shreveport Times authorities are also using information from the investigation to try to resolve the 1988 slaying there of Larry Lester. Thompson's son Brian was arrested in the case but never prosecuted.

Coke Solomon, the district attorney in Harrison County, Texas, said authorities are looking into whether Thompson might be connected to the unsolved 1979 slaying of Charles Underwood there.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/16/man-acquitted-as-hit-man-in-blind-faith-murder-admits-to-crime-officials-say/

Anonymous said...

Dammit, Peter, why don't you learn how to flip photos. The pocket on a man's shirt is on the left.

Peter Hyatt said...

Anonymous said...
Dammit, Peter, why don't you learn how to flip photos. The pocket on a man's shirt is on the left.
May 20, 2014 at 3:39 AM


But I ain't got no pocket on my shirt!

Peter

PS: its linen. Please excuse the wrinkles as such.

Anonymous said...

Peter, I believe the word you're looking for is "synonym".