Friday, April 26, 2013
Statement Analysis Announcement
With the remains in Scurry County found last month, we have had an increase in questions about the blog, the radio program, and about the principles Statement Analysis in general. I also host the radio program, "Crime Wire" which covers crimes and news stories with the special focus upon statements made by those involved in a given case.
By way of introduction, my name is Peter Hyatt, and I am a Statement Analyst.
Statement analysis is the analysis of words in which we seek to separate truth from deception, as well as to seek content within a statement.
Statement Analysis, in various forms and under a variety of names, comes from the work of Avinoam Sapir, founder of the Laboratory of Scientific Interrogation. His process, called "SCAN" (Scientific Content Analysis) has been taught throughout our country as well as internationally. All major law enforcement arms (FBI, CIA, US Fed Marshalls) federally and locally (state) have received this training as well as a host of Fortune 500 companies, civil investigators, human resources, lawyers, therapists, counselors, journalists, debt collectors...and on and on the list goes.
The training is not overly difficult within itself; it is the practice necessary that is the greatest obstacle to successful analysis. I liken it to learning all the notes on a musical instrument, like a piano, which may be learned in a short time, but to become efficient, it takes hundreds of hours of practice. Even the same statement will yield up to 40% more information when re-analyzed from a "fresh" or "dispassionate" view.
It is a remarkable science, but also one that is instantly useful in day to day life.
To help this along, I will be posting a serious of lessons that are useful for both seasoned veterans of Statement Analysis and new readers.
We have had two programs, "The Peter Hyatt Show" and "Crime Wire", with the former maybe returning to a weekly slot, and the latter being bi-weekly for us (Denny Griffin does the other weeks and is especially astute in organized crime).
I ask for assistance, at times, from other analysts and will recommend their books and websites. Those like Mark McClish ("I Know You Are Lying") Wes Clark (I hope to have him on soon), and of course, Avinoam Sapir's course can be taken online: www.lsiscn.com. It is the begin and end all of which the rest of us benefit from.
I also introduce to you Kaaryn Gough, who is both an analyst and a private investigator from Canada. Kaaryn has, of late, contributed to Crime Wire where she is a popular guest. She is a gifted instructor with the talent to not only explain principles of Statement Analysis, but the ability to 'see' in a very visual manner, and enter into the statement in a way that leaves her vulnerable, like one who 'understands' the statement, even when the subject (the person) who wrote or spoke the statement, has committed an atrocity against another human being. Her input has been invaluable to those of us eager to learn.
Upcoming articles will include actual lessons, quizzes, and tests (perhaps even some homework assignments).
The titles will show which topics are addressed and in time, all the basic principles will be covered under the title "Statement Analysis Lesson: _______________" for easier reference and searching which may prove to be especially helpful for new readers, or those working on statements that need some assistance.