Sunday, February 24, 2013
Poll: Ryan Ferguson Interrogation Video
Please share your thoughts and analysis in the comments section after voting in the Poll below.
The simplest is: "I didn't kill him" and "I told the truth" during the free editing process. "I am telling the truth" is present tense. We listen carefully for the two, simplest sentences, especially in succession: "I didn't kill him" is strong. Follow up questions could include, "Did you see who did?" and so on, to see if the subject has any knowledge (presence) of the crime, even if he did not inflict fatality. When asked, "Why should I believe you?" after hearing a reliable denial, the answer, "Because I told the truth" is a very strong response.
The detective does a poor job in the interview and appears amateurishly foolish trying to intimidate him sitting so close and not reflecting back language. This is not how to get a flow of information.
Did you hear a reliable denial? How would you, based only on this short video, classify this?
A. Reliable Denial: he did not kill the victim
B. Unreliable Denial: He still may not have killed the victim, we need to know more, including whether or not he was present for the killing
C. Unreliable Denial: He likely did it.
If you choose "B", you think he likely did not kill the victim, but may have been present, or has knowledge that has entangled him in the case.