Monday, September 30, 2013

The Death of Ayla Reynolds Part Two: Child Abuse

It is all but impossible for a man to sexually abuse his own daughter; that is, within Statement Analysis.
In order to sexually abuse her, there is a process in the abuser's mind in which he must change her, and desensitize himself.  As this internal process takes place, we see it in the language.

"My daughter had to learn how to handle sex abuse.  I had to teach the girl a lesson."

She was his "daughter" until the "lesson" was going to be taught to her; hence she became "the girl" in his language.  This sentence was told me by a man who said that he wanted to teach his daughter about the dangers of sexual abuse by showing her what men would do to her.  He showed her.

It is almost impossible for the average reader to accept that someone might do something horrific to a young child, particularly an adorably cute toddler, but it is true that it happens and it happens far more than the public knows.

Having worked in the child abuse field for years, I have seen my share of vicious beatings of toddlers including broken arms, wrenched legs, black eyes, cigarette burns on the infant's feet, torn vaginas and babies who were brain dead; kept alive only long enough for someone in the family to come in and say "goodbye" to the beaten innocent victim, after being shaken into being "quiet."  One young man who refused to speak up to police who were yelling at him, took his fist and pounded it into his other hand, in order to describe the sound he heard, he claimed, as the baby fell down the stairs.  The interesting thing there was that the injuries were consistent with punches from him, and not from the stairs.  He was literally re-enacting what he had done to the child.  With a few months he had a website seeking money for his defense and like most here would have guessed, on his web site he said he was "innocent", "falsely accused", would be "proven not guilty", but failed to write "I didn't do it" on the site.

He eventually pled guilty to beating the child to death.

It was his second beating, as he had moved from another state where they failed to prosecute him in the beating death of a baby there.  He, too, had his internet following generally by those who fail to listen to what the subject actually says, and who cannot believe anyone would do such a thing to a baby.

Physical child abuse is generally not a planned crime; that is, intent to harm is rare.  Shaken Baby takes place when a baby gets on the last nerve of the adult who violently shakes the baby to make the baby stop crying.

It works.

It also dislodges the brain.

When a man sexually abuses his own daughter, he goes through an internal process of 'changing' her from being his "daughter" into being a "girl", that is, gender specific, and this is what we see in the language.  In physical abuse, there is a process of change as well, but it is different.  It generally starts small and light, but can quickly escalate into something out of control.

Such was likely the fate of Ayla Reynolds who died at the hands of her own father, Justin DiPietro, and covered up by her own grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro, and Ayla's paternal aunt, Elisha DiPietro, who, it is reported, were both, along with brother, Lance, raised in violence.

Violence often begins in lower levels; a slap or a kick, and then the abuser will quickly justify his action by claiming "it worked"; that is, it brought the child to a standstill of behavior:  the child stopped doing what it was doing.

In Domestic Violence, women are not often "beaten" by their abuser, so much as they are controlled by the threat of abuse from him.  Women in violent relationships quickly learn how to 'walk on egg shells' and keep the abuser from blowing in anger. The woman learns to alter her behavior in order to keep the abuser in check:  she knows what words to say to pacify him, what bills to hide from him, and can read his face and know when to rush to the kitchen to fetch him a beer before he explodes in rage.  She lives life exhaustively under his control (which also enters the language; see 'personal hygiene' in Statement Analysis), and has little say in what goes on in her life.  It is the ultimate out of control life to live as  she uses all of her talents, wit and wisdom, to keep from being attacked by him.

Children, particularly toddlers, have not acquired this skill.

The initial slap got the response, as even a child can understand that the face is for love, not for pain nor insult and will run off, leaving the bullying father alone, as he desired.

Dr. Larry Ricci of Maine has seen his share of child abuse and is an expert at reading x-rays and unfolding, even from just pictures, how a baby suffered.  His expertise is known outside of his State, and he has testified in countless child abuse cases over the years.

He is able to identify, for example, from an x-ray of a broken arm, whether or not the parent's explanation of the "accident" is credible or not.  He reads bruises, injuries and x-rays even as we read statements of perpetrators, seeking to enter into the statement.  He "enters" into the injuries and into the story and knows how much weight, for example, from how high a distance, will cause a healthy child of a certain age's bone to break.

It takes a great deal of force to break a malleable bone of a toddler.

Dr. Ricci says that when the explosive temper of a male changing a baby's diaper rages when the child is not being cooperative, the wrenching of the legs open often ends in injury to the child; an injury like the one that Trista Reynolds described to the legs of Baby Ayla; likely wrenched by a short tempered male trying to get a wiggling baby to stay still.

The physical abuse of a child starts in low dosages and often quickly escalates as the abuser feels a segment of guilt for the initial striking of the child, which turns to anger, which, if raised in a violent household, is second nature, and not as shocking as it is to others.

The process of desensitization quickly settles in, as both parent and child becomes used to 'rough' handling.

At first it is hidden from the public, but as it becomes more of the 'norm; this is evidenced when you see a parent yank the arm of a child in public, or insult or threaten the child.  If it is 'okay' for the parent to do this in public, you may use your imagination to know what goes on behind closed doors.

Ayla was said to have a black eye.

This was not good.

The excuse we heard was quite revelatory; that is, an insight into the life she lived, and died, in.

Justin DiPietro reportedly stated that "she got into a fight" in a ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese.  People jumped on the fact that there was no ball pit at the Chuck E Cheese restaurant, rather than hear what he said:

"She got into a fight."

Do you know any toddlers that "get into" fights?

They don't.  They're too young.  They might grab and push, but they do not "get into fights" and throw punches.  Yet, it is important to note that in his world, that is, a world of violence within the home, that he thought he could float a lie that only a violent household would accept.

Unexplained bruises and marks are the norm when someone has a fierce temper; one that will not accept his station in life.

Some locals reported to me that both Justin and his brother, Lance, were known bullies in school, never brave one on one, but only in bullying situations.  Another said that Justin could not hold a job due to his temper; he did not like hearing the word "no", nor accepting an entry level position due to the chip on his shoulder.

Was this true?

Instinctively, what did Phoebe DiPietro think about when she heard Ayla was missing?  She said that her first thought was not where Ayla was, or if Ayla had her blankie, medication or pacifying toys.  Her first thought was that of violence and fact, Justin and his friends "kicking in doors", rather than concern for Ayla, or even allowing the police to do their job.  This is a lawless family and is consistent with the language used, the behavioral analysis, and what others have reported about the family:  destined to live off the labors of others, and not contribute to society. This inability to take personal responsibility is throughout the family, and is seen even as the grandmother, Phoebe DiPietro, rather than say "the three told the truth", turned the table to blame Trista, even though she is not suspected.  This was transparent on her part, yet indicative of just how she raised her own children.

Violence was the norm for this family and Ayla was not wanted.  She could both be charming with her beautiful blue eyes, yet set him off in anger each time he thought about having to pay child support payments to Trista, who appeared to simultaneously want Justin in her life and not want him. His anger towards Trista could be placed upon Ayla, as she resembled her mother. Each time a payment was due, he would burn.  Each time Ayla acted out, as toddlers do, he burned.

Then there was the broken arm.

Websleuthing went to check the weather in order to learn more about DiPietro's story of falling on the steps due to rain.

It is difficult to break a toddler's arm:  it takes a great deal of force.

The x rays can be compared to the story, including measuring the steps, but it is in the 24 hours that DiPietro waited to bring her in is where the greatest suffering took place.  In every case I was involved in where medical intervention was not sought immediately, it was due to substance abuse and panic.

Is it any coincidence that an unwanted child born to a father who did not want her born,  with a black eye, bruises, injured legs, would be so unlucky to then break her arm?  Did Justin really fall on her, rather than instinctively turning himself to protect the child.

I do not buy it.

Ayla was a battered child, with an increase in escalating and accepted violence,  and it is very likely that the family will eventually make the claim that Ayla died accidentally, by a fall down the stairs, for example, and that they only disposed of the body due to fear that Trista would claim murder.  Trista will likely be blamed, no matter what story they decide to stick to.

Ayla was not wanted from the beginning and was an 18 year financial burden and a walking, talking, needy reminder of Trista to a chronically unemployed man with another child by another woman of whom he had to be financially responsible towards.

Unwanted child...

Financial stress...

Explosive and selfish temper...

Threats of legal action...

Unable to get ahead in this world with the lack of education and opportunities...

all conspired together with something else:


Next:  Life Insurance as Motive?

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Death of Ayla Reynolds by Peter Hyatt Part One: Behavioral Analysis

      The Death of Ayla Reynolds
                                                                       by Peter Hyatt

Part One:  Behavioral Analysis. 

From the very beginning, those who listen, knew. 

They knew that this was yet another false report of a missing child, and that Ayla Reynolds was, in deed, dead, due to mistreatment by those of whom the little girl would trust.  

"Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks" is an age old truth.  As such, time cannot alter it, and human beings will speak from what they know, and what they feel.  Statement Analyst and investigator, Kaaryn Gough said, "the brain knows.  The subject wants to deceive, but the brain knows the truth" and the subject must work diligently from keeping the truth from leaking out. She said that the imagery she uses in teaching Statement Analysis is this:


Picture each word as a different marble, and that the brain is like a cabinet full of marbles.  The subject wants to deceive the listener, and has to open up the cabinet and choose just the right marbles to do so, but other marbles slip out.  This is "leakage."

A short example is found in a pick up bar.  

A young man attempts to flirt with a married woman.  In conversation, the woman will mention that she is married. 

"My husband, Bob, says..." shows that she uses the possessive pronoun, "my", along with the title, "husband" and his first name, "Bob" which, the young man instinctively knows, means he has come to a dead end. 

For a woman seeking the attention of a married man, "the wife", rather than "my" wife, is a signal that the married man may not remain faithful to his wife. 

Both may be playing the flirtatious game, but each, when speaking of the spouse, has revealed a status of the relationship.  The first, using all three elements of a "Complete Social Introduction" (LSI) tells us of a strong relationship, while the latter, using only "the wife", reveals a much weaker relationship and the possibility of infidelity. 

We all show such leakage, every day, all the time.  

When Baby Ayla was first reported missing, in these first moments, Behavioral Analysis began. 

When a child goes missing, even for just a moment, perhaps, at a supermarket, the parental instinct will be to call out for the child...without delay.  It is no different when a child is kidnapped. The parent will, by instinct, call out for the child...without delay. 

When there is a delay, or the child is not called out for, there is a reason. I liken this to a parent food shopping at Walmart with her toddler, who wanders off.  The parent knows the child has wandered off, but instead of stopping to search, she continues to fill her cart, goes to the checkout, pays for her food, and drives home.  

This is the unexpected scenario. 

This is what, in effect, Sergio and Becky Celis did right after they reported their 7 year old daughter, Isabell, missing. It is what Baby Ayla's father and paternal family did as well.  They completed their shopping, drove home, unloaded the groceries from the car, and began to prepare dinner; all before seeking Ayla.

Objection:  There is no textbook on how a parent of a missing child responds!

Answer:    Yes, there is.  It is written within the heart of mankind, as evidenced by King Solomon's appeal to the maternal instinct of the mother of the living child during his landmark custodial decision of long ago. 

The child goes missing and the parent immediately calls out to the child, caring for nothing but the child's welfare.  

Police know this.  

Prosecutors know this. 

TV commentators know this. 

Children know this. 

People like Cindy Anthony, or the Tudela family, defending Justin DiPietro, deny it, but all the same, there is no argument to engage in.  A missing child causes a parent to call after the child, with no thought for anything but the child. 

In the case of Baby Ayla, police offered to set up the most natural of events:  the father would speak to the kidnapper or kidnappers, and arrange for his daughter's safe return, via media. It is what you or I would do if our children were taken, and it is the natural, instinctive response. 

Someone has taken your child, and you will begin to negotiate with the kidnapper, for your child's return.  You will give anything, including your own life, for the sake of your child. 

When a parent refuses to call out to the child, and negotiate with the kidnapper, it is evident that the parent does not want the child found, no different than the parent who discovers her child is missing in Walmart, but decides to finish the check out and drive home, first.  

Yet, in the case of Justin DiPietro, a major weak spot was evidenced, yet not taken advantage of by police.  

He refused to call out for Ayla, showing police that the father does not want his child found, immediately bringing to the forefront of mind:  this is not a kidnapping, but a homicide of sorts.  Perhaps it is an accidental death and a panicked family, but whatever it is, it does not bode well for Ayla, and it is not a kidnapping. 

DiPietro, however, has a blaring weakness (among many) which was quickly picked up, and should have been used by police. 

He, like a classic abuser, has a raging ego.  

Liars, that is, those who regularly practice deception via the use of words to alter reality, hold the rest of us in contempt.  

Liars believe that they will get away with their deception because, they think, the rest of us are all idiots. 

Liars hold to the expectation that they will be believed because they are smarter than their audience.  A habitual liar, one who has learned to lie from childhood, thus hold the audience, that is, the world, in contempt.  As they speak, the contempt becomes evident. 

A liar's ego will cause an interesting response:

When a liar has told the truth, they will become indignant when not believed.  

This is because they lie so often that when they finally tell the truth about something, they will jump to their own defense.  It is the opposite of the LSI rule that "no man can lie twice."

"No man can lie twice" is the ancient belief that a liar will not look upon his lie, and lie about it!  It is a fascinating phenomena that I have never seen, nor even heard of, being violated.  It is why we turn a liar's own words back to him and ask the question, "Why should you be believed?" knowing that the liar will look upon his own lie and be utterly incapable of saying, "Because I have told you the truth."

The liar may say, "I don't lie" (and use various forms of the word "lie" in their defense" but will not be able to say "I told you the truth", with:

1.  The pronoun "I"
2.  The past tense verb "told"
3.  The word "truth."

The liar will look upon his lie, and avoid this simple sentence while a truthful person will, when challenged, say "I told you the truth" with an element of confidence that puts the burden of disproving the statement upon the audience.  There is a 'devil may care' type of dismissal that comes from the truthful . There is no need to wag the finger, or call upon a mother's grave to swear upon; that is the language of the deceptive. 

DiPietro was faced with a lie and it was this lie that triggered his response. 

Trista Reynolds, the missing baby's mother, complained that Justin DiPietro was not giving answers.  This was not entirely true and that fact that DiPietro suddenly saw that he was being lied about, was incensed and quickly ended his silence. His pride and ego hit, he rose, with 'righteous indignation' to defend himself, even offering to show the text messages to police!

He speaks!

DiPietro was "emotionally incapable" (so he claimed) of speaking to media, thus, showing that he cared for his "emotional health and wellbeing" more than whatever it was that Ayla was experiencing.  

Because DiPietro spoke, leakage took place. 

He referenced Ayla in the past tense. 

When a parent of a missing child slips out a past tense reference, it is a signal that the parent has either belief or knowledge that the child is dead.  

"My boys needed me"  Susan Smith.  

"Hailey wasn't allowed to go out by herself..." Billie Jean Dunn, mother of murdered Hailey Dunn.  

"She was a great woman.  She is a great woman..." catching his slip, correcting himself (Scott Peterson)

"Caylee loved the park."  Casey Anthony.

We simply ask:  Does the subject have a reason to believe that the child is dead? Have police revealed something so terrible that it would overcome all natural denial within a parent's heart to cause the parent to slip, even once, into a past tense reference?

In the case of Baby Ayla, there was nothing to convince, over and against his parental instincts, Justin DiPietro to believe his child was dead. 

Yet, there he was, telling us, that his child was dead. 

"Contrary to rumors floating around out there..."

I shared this with LSI founder, Avinoam Sapir, who immediately asked me, "What does the father do for a living?"

I said, "he is unemployed."

Mr. Sapir asked, "Yes, but what does he usually do?"

I had been told by those close to him that he was taking driving lessons to be a truck driver, but was chronically unemployed because of his personality disorder; that is, he is a minimum wage kind of guy who demands to be treated like a boss, and storms off his jobs incredulous that he is not being treated like a CEO.  

When I said that he was taking truck driver classes, Mr. Sapir said, "Uh oh.  That's not good.  Trucker drivers have their wheels firmly on the ground.  Better check water. That baby's in water."

This was long before the Kennebec River was the target of searching. 

Mr. Sapir knows, and teaches, that every word (or every "marble", thanks to Kaaryn) that the brain is choosing to use is important and chosen for a reason.  We should be listening.  He is the 'grandfather' of all Statement Analysis in the country, and can be reached via his website here.

When Caylee Anthony was "missing", Texas Equasearch founder Tim Miller moved a fortune of material from Texas to Florida to help find the missing toddler.  He went to the home of Cindy and George Anthony, and spread out a map and asked the mother, Casey Anthony, to point out where they should begin their search.  To his shock, Cindy ordered Casey to be silent and to go to her room.  Miller said that this was the first "missing" persons case in which the family did not cooperate, and could not understand why the family was sabotaging attempts to locate  the child. 

Do you remember the jailhouse video tape in which Casey said to her mother, "In my heart, Caylee is close, Mom..."?  They were putting on a show for the camera, feigning ignorance, yet even the words chosen, while attempting to deceive, gave us information.  When CNN commentator Mike Brooks said, "I can tell when Casey is lying, her lips are moving!" all the other talking heads laughed as they agreed that talking to a liar was useless.  Trained interviewers, however, could only shake their heads at such stupidity.  

Cindy Anthony was then challenged by Tim Miller who demanded to know why the family was hindering the search efforts.  

Cindy ordered him out of her house. 

Cindy then walked calmly to the microphones set up by the hoard of media and said,

"George and I don't believe Caylee's in the woods, or anything."

Caylee was found, in the woods, less than a half mile from the house.  

Cindy knew, and even while being deceptive, "leaked" out where Caylee was.  

"Contrary to rumors floating around out there..."

Trista got Justin to speak, something we later learned police were struggling with.  She was successful in getting him to speak by pricking at his ego.  He is a liar, and he learned it in childhood.  We saw his deception teacher on television, shaking her head, closing her eyes, and saying she "heard nothing" on the fateful night that Ayla met her demise.  It did not take us long to see where Justin got his training. 

But what of the polygraph?

The polygraph test is something that advocates for missing children, like John Walsh, counsel parents to take immediately, so that time is not wasted needlessly looking at the parent.  

Justin balked at taking it, a red flag itself, but finally did.  How did he do?

"I smoked it", he said. 

Lying causes internal stress, therefore, liars will go a long way to avoid a direct lie.  He did not say "I passed it" because he didn't.  Listen to what he says.  Note what he does not say. 

Objection:  sociopaths have no conscience.

Answer:   Stop watching reruns of Silence of the Lambs.  

The stress is not due to a tender conscience, necessarily, but more about not wanting to get caught.  Liars will go out of their way to avoid a direct lie, making lying via missing information the extreme majority of percentage of deception.  People will skip over, or withhold information rather than directly lie.  This is what makes the "reliable denial" principle so, well, so very reliable.

"I didn't cause Ayla's disappearance" would have been the simplest and easiest thing for DiPietro to say.  

He did not.

"I did not kill Nicole" would have been the shortest and easiest of sentences for OJ Simpson to say, especially given the volume of interviews he gave over the years.  

He did not.

"I did not take performance enhancing drugs" would have been easy for Lance Armstrong to say, over many years and many interviews. 

He did not. 

Michael Jackson said many things, but did not say that he did not molest children.  

In interview after interview, Billie Jean Dunn and Shawn Adkins both avoided denying killing Hailey Dunn, 13, who's body was found this year in the "ugly" fields where the mother said she refused to search. 

Kevin Fox repeatedly told his untrained and ignorant interrogators, "I did not kill my daughter" and when they brutalized him into a confession, his confession showed deception.  This is the nature of false confessions:  they do not come from experiential memory, therefore, they show deception. 

When Justin DiPietro's mother said that police claim that the three adults in the house are not telling all they know about what happened to Ayla, it was the perfect opportunity for her to say "they told the truth."

She did not.

We have a rule we follow in the world of analysis:

If the subject is unwilling or unable to say he did not do it, we are not permitted to say it for him.

Justin DiPietro was unwilling or unable to say "I passed my polygraph."  We are not to say it for him. 
His sister, Elisha DiPietro, was unwilling or unable to say "I passed my polygraph", even though she was asked the same question repeatedly; therefore, we are not permitted to say it for her. 

If someone is able to bring himself to say "I didn't do it", but actually did, he will be unable to say, "I told the truth" about his lie, when asked for a reason to be believed.  It will not happen. 

Behavioral Analysis showed that when Ayla was first reported missing, the paternal family did not want police to find her.  

This is the same as the family filling up their shopping cart at Walmart, knowing that their toddler has wandered off, but instead of calling after the child, they finished their shopping, checked out paying for the food, drove home, unloaded the groceries, put their feet up, and...

all while supposedly feigning concern for finding the child. 

The "Waterville Three"; that is, Justin DiPietro, his sister, Elisha DiPietro, and his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, conspired to hinder the ability of police to find Ayla. 

This means that they have a reason why they do not want her found. 

Given the fact that Justin DiPietro is a liar, and holds the world in contempt, police could have formulated a strategy that included bringing charges up against one of the two women present; charges which could have cost them custody of their own children. 

I do not believe their loyalty towards Justin would have caused them to remain in the conspiracy of silence. 

By going to the public in an attempt to persuade one of the three to come forward, by telling us that they are not telling all, police (or prosecutors) revealed their own lack of confidence in being able to prove the case.  

It was a tactical mistake.  

Next Up:  Part Two:  the Escalation and Desensitization of Child Abuse in Ayla's Life 

Part Three:  Motive Examined.  


Peter Hyatt is a Statement Analyst and he and his wife, Heather teach Statement Analysis and Analytical Interviewing; that is, interviewing based upon analysis.  He can be reached via Facebook for speaking engagements, and scheduling seminars for Human Resources and Law Enforcement. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Coming: My Theory on What Happened To Ayla Reynolds

by Peter Hyatt


David Yglesias' Body Found

IMPERIAL — The Imperial County Coroner’s Office has determined the cause of death for the body found Sunday but is still determining the identity.

Imperial County sheriff’s Deputy Coroner Steven Green said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, and a .22-caliber rifle was near the body of the young male.It was reported that a .22-caliber rifle was missing at the same time David Yglesias III, 14, was also reported missing in August.

As of Tuesday afternoon, it was still under investigation whether the death was considered a suicide. The investigation is being conducted by Imperial police, who declined to comment on the issue Tuesday.

Green said the Coroner’s Office is hoping to confirm the identity by the end of the week. Dental X-rays have been sent off for examination, he said.Authorities have been in contact with the family of the missing teen, but there’s been no official advisement that the found body is him.The body was found by a woman on a property near West Ralph and Clark roads on Sunday, and it was described in the initial call logs as appearing to be that of a teen boy.An email was disseminated to Imperial High School staff Monday advising that the body found Sunday was that of the missing teen, but Imperial Unified School District Lisa Tabarez said Tuesday that the email should have noted that the information was not official.Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and Imperial police officials both stated that there had been no official correspondence with the school district noting that.

However, Tabarez advised that it is true that counseling is being made available to students as well as additional counselors and psychologists from the district’s special education staff and from Imperial County Office of Education.

“Any time information surfaces about this, anyone who knew David continues to think of him and possibly what happened,” she explained. “It’s stressful.”

Many concerned parents have been calling the school district, and Tabarez said regardless of the verification of the identity of the body found, the district wants to provide abundant emotional support for students who have been affected since the teen was reported missing.More than 300 volunteers searched for the teen Saturday, and while it’s believed that the area where the body was found near West Ralph and Clark roads had been searched, that couldn’t be immediately verified.

Private investigator Denise Savastano of LP Solutions Private Investigations helped coordinate the search with Imperial police and the FBI and said the Imperial Police Department has requested a copy of the map from which the search team was working.

DiPietro: Cowardice on Display in Court

No recent threats from Lance, but we have this...Bangor Daily News article and video

Justin DiPietro, single unemployed father of two children from two mothers, took out a life insurance policy against one of the children.  The target of the life insurance policy suffered a series of injuries consistent with child abuse, including wrenching of the legs and a broken arm in which medical intervention was not sought for 24 hours.
He then sent text messages feigning concern that someone might take Baby Ayla, the target of his life insurance policy, telegraphing his plans.
Less than 2 months later, Ayla went "missing", leaving a trail of blood throughout the home and vehicle.

DiPietro failed his polygraph and deception was indicated from him, his sister, and his mother, including an initial past tense reference early on; a verbal indication that Ayla was deceased.

Nancy Grace picked up the story, giving it national attention, meaning that there was a good chance that a celebrity high powered attorney might be willing to take on DiPietro's case pro bono.

State prosecutors have declined to move forward with justice in spite of the simple explanation of the case (for those who insist that jurors must have a motive) and the trail of blood.

How much blood must be found in the home to satisfy prosecutors' "beyond a reasonable doubt" burden of proof?

Justin DiPietro has been protected by women.  He issued a challenge to Nancy Grace to spend 24 hours in his shoes, but would not answer the door from NG producers, while being defended by his mother, his sister, his girlfriend, and his buddy's mother, who's own son sold DiPietro the ill fated policy, piggy backing a bet against Ayla in a larger insurance package.

Mother of Ayla Reynolds confronts toddler’s father, grandmother outside Portland court

Justin DiPietro is followed through the lobby of the Portland Police station Wednesday after he plead guilty to violating conditions of his release in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court.

Justin DiPietro is followed through the lobby of the Portland Police station Wednesday after he plead guilty to violating conditions of his release in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court.

PORTLAND, Maine — Family members of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds confronted one another angrily on Wednesday at the Cumberland County Superior Courthouse, where the little girl’s father faced charges in an unrelated case.
Inside the courtroom, Justin DiPietro pleaded guilty to violating conditions of release and an assault charge against him was dismissed. He was ordered to pay a $150 fine and serve four days in jail, but was credited with time served.
The assault charge stemmed from a July 6 incident in Portland in which DiPietro allegedly grabbed and pushed a woman, later described as an ex-girlfriend, with whom he was arguing. The woman was not injured, according to police, and DiPietro was released on bail. He was arrested Sept. 6 in Portland for possessing alcohol in violation of his bail conditions.
Wednesday’s court proceeding was routine but the action involving Ayla’s family members quickly turned dramatic. Phoebe DiPietro, Justin’s mother, clashed just outside the courtroom with Ron Reynolds, Ayla’s maternal grandfather.
Phoebe DiPietro uttered an expletive to Reynolds as he walked out of the courtroom.
“Did you say something to me? Your son killed my granddaughter,” Reynolds yelled at DiPietro before being intercepted by bailiffs, ending the first of two confrontations between the two grandparents.
Outside the courthouse, Reynolds told reporters how difficult the last 21 months since Ayla’s disappearance have been and cast blame on Justin DiPietro.
The girl, who was 20 months old at the time, last was seen in December 2011 in the Waterville home where Justin DiPietro was living.
“We don’t get to hug or kiss Ayla. We don’t get to play with Ayla because Justin and his family took all that away from this family,” Ron Reynolds said.
Trista Reynolds, Ayla’s mother, held a short press conference outside the courthouse before Justin DiPietro’s appearance before the judge. She called attention to her dissatisfaction with the investigation of the case of her missing daughter.
“I’ve lost some faith in the state police,” she said, adding that she wasn’t contacted by police after she went public Monday with information on the investigation of Ayla’s disappearance. On websites called, Reynolds and supporters who maintain the sites said investigators told them that Ayla’s blood was found in multiple locations in and around the Waterville home where she was reported missing by Justin DiPietro on Dec. 17, 2011.
DiPietro told police she had disappeared overnight from his home at 29 Violette Ave.
Seeing DiPietro on Wednesday was shocking but also somewhat comforting, Trista Reynolds said during her press conference.
“He looks like her. She has his blue eyes. I miss those eyes,” she said. “Seeing Justin, it was like Ayla was right there.”
Phoebe DiPietro on Monday released a rebuttal to Trista Reynolds’ statement about the information she said she received from state police. In DiPietro’s statement, she said state police had not confirmed Reynolds’ allegations nor ruled out Reynolds herself as a suspect in Ayla’s disappearance.
“I laughed at what she said because they all know the truth,” Reynolds said, reacting to DiPietro’s statement. “She has sat on the couch that has Ayla’s blood on it. She sits on it to this day. They know she wasn’t kidnapped. She knows that she didn’t just walk out the door.”
Reynolds later sat down next to Phoebe DiPietro on a bench across the street from the courthouse.
“Tell me what you did with my daughter,” she said to the grandmother.
“Tell us what you did with her,” DiPietro replied, getting up and walking back across the street toward the courthouse.
“Your son killed my granddaughter. You hid her body and then try to blame it on us,” said Ron Reynolds, joining the confrontation, which was broken up by bailiffs and sheriff’s deputies on the sidewalk outside the courthouse.
Trista Reynolds later ran after Justin DiPietro as he walked toward the Portland Police Department across the street.
“I can see it in your eyes. I know you care,” Reynolds said.
He did not reply to her.
Neither Justin nor Phoebe DiPietro spoke to the press.
Earlier, Trista Reynolds told the media during her press conference that no matter the outcome, she just wants Ayla home.
“I’m hoping I get to have my baby girl home real soon,” she said. “Whether she’s there with me and her two brothers and able to enjoy life every day, or whether I have to do the hardest thing any parent has to do. But one way or another I hope [Justin] brings my baby girl home.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Phoebe DiPietro's Defense

Protected by Women
Phoebe DiPietro's only defense of her family: 'The mother did it while she was in rehab.'

Statement Analysis looked at Phoebe DiPietro's statement in which she was either unwilling or unable to say:

"My family did not cause Ayla's disappearance" and "the three told the truth."

Since DiPietro did not say it, we are not going to say it for her.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Statement Analysis: Phoebe DiPietro Statement

The following is a statement from Phoebe DiPietro, regarding the news that Trista Reynolds is taking the evidence police gave her, to the public, in hopes that prosecutors will arrest those responsible for Ayla's disappearance. 

From the beginning of this story, Statement Analysis indicated:

Justin DiPietro for deception;
Phoebe DiPietro for deception
and that Justin DiPietro revealed knowledge, immediately on, that his daughter was deceased.  

Justin DiPietro, as single father of two children from two different mothers, took out a life insurance policy against, not for, one child, and not the other.  The target of the life insurance policy was then reported "kidnapped" about six weeks later.  

Behavioral Analysis indicated that the family was not seeking to locate Baby Ayla, and has not cooperated with police.  Police later confirmed that Justin DiPietro, his sister, Elisha, and his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, were deceptively withholding information from police on the baby's disappearance. 

Dear Members of the Media and Public -- For 21 months my family has been heartbroken waiting for word on Ayla. Praying daily and hoping every time the phone rings that the authorities have found Ayla. Blog world, the newspapers and even the evening news have a way of distorting the truth.
You have heard and read over and over again that Law Enforcement believe the 3 adults know more than what they are saying. Let me ask you this, if they so strongly believe that, why are they not asking the questions? Why are they not scheduling meetings with my family or with my attorney?
Trista can say and do what she wants. To the best of my knowledge LE has not confirmed her allegations nor stated that she has been cleared as a suspect herself. I believe that the Focus should remain on finding Ayla. Once Ayla is found then and only then will I think about justice. Justice is served only when all facts and evidence are known and presented in a court of law.
For my family – the last thing left in Pandora ’s Box is hope. We choose to hold on to hope that Ayla will be found and brought home. If 3 adult women were held captive for over a decade and finally rescued then please believe there is hope Ayla will be found alive. So we ask and plead that the public continues to look for Ayla. Her eyes are beautiful and distinctive which will be a good focal point in looking for her. We continue to pray that a Good Samaritan will come forward with the information LE needs to bring Ayla home. Ayla, my granddaughter is out there alive so please do not give up looking for her. If you know anything please come forward.
Phoebe DiPietro

Here is the same statement with emphasis added, with Statement Analysis in bold type.  Please remember that the "statement is alive; the subject is dead"; that is, we are not analyzing Phoebe DiPietro, nor anyone who may have written this for her, with her, and coached her; but we are analyzing the statement itself.  We expect her to say that her family did not cause the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds.  

Dear Members of the Media and Public -- 

Where someone begins a statement is often quite important.  Here we have "Media" listed before "Public", placing "Media" first.  The reader should be aware of sensitivity by the subject towards Media, in general.  The Media has reported that the police believe that her son, Justin DiPietro, his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, and his sister, Elisha DiPietro, have deliberately conspired to withhold information from the police on what happened to Ayla.  

This is a good place for the subject to tell us:  Her family did not cause the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds.  From the de facto innocent, this is something we expect to hear immediately.  

For 21 months my family has been heartbroken waiting for word on Ayla. 

Note that they have been "waiting for word" and not searching, nor seeking to find her via Media.  Note that the family did not reach out, in the first 48 hours, to the "kidnapper" whom the father claimed took Ayla because the "kidnapper" did not approve of Justin's parenting.  Note that this would reduce the number of suspects to a very small number:  only someone who is familiar with Justin's parenting, either through contact with him, or with the mother's family.  

Behavioral analysis of the family has shown guilty knowledge; that is, a desire to not find Ayla.  This is why the subject says "waiting for word" and not finding her.  In the first 48 hours, we heard of no concern for her well being.  Statement Analysis deals with what someone says and what someone does not say.  It deals with the "Unexpected."

The Expected: 

When a child goes missing, the "expected" is panic by the parents, along with parental instincts engaged: the parent will do anything to find the child.  

Use the media in any and every way to get out word;
Take and pass polygraphs;
Implore, day and night, police to find Ayla 

In the case of Justin DiPietro, we found a deliberate hindrance of finding Ayla, and in the case of Phoebe DiPietro, we saw a deliberate deception to Media in which she "heard nothing" that "night" Ayla "went missing" only to later be forced to admit that she was not even in the home that night.  

The Unexpected:

No use of media to make contact with Ayla

Failed polygraph  (Justin "smoked" his, rather than "passed", while Elisha did "fine" rather than passing hers. 

Limit of information, including "that's all I know", and "I've done everything I can" (indicating limitation). 

Note that in this context, she is "Ayla" (first name)

Praying daily and hoping every time the phone rings that the authorities have found Ayla. 

Note that the subject does not say that she, nor her family, is praying daily and hoping the phone rings....this is a lack of commitment to the statement, via dropped pronoun. 

Regarding being found, she is "Ayla" (as we continue to note the name usage)

Blog world, the newspapers and even the evening news have a way of distorting the truth.

Note the order:

1.  Blog world is most important as it is mentioned first. 
2.  Newspapers
3.  "even" the evening news.  

It should be noted that it was on the evening news that Phoebe was deceptively answering questions (note prior entry, including body language signals of deception). 

Note that she says that they have "distorted" the truth; rather than being wrong, or even lying. 

Her greatest concern is "blogs"; as it would be interesting to ask which blogs cause the most sensitivity?  We know that the mother of Ayla Reynolds' family has a blog. 

You have heard and read over and over again that Law Enforcement believe the 3 adults know more than what they are saying. 

Note that this was stated once by police, and that the repetition, "over and over" is sensitive to the subject.  It is here that we now deal with the expected versus the unexpected...

The expected:  "The three told the truth"

The unexpected:  A question in an open statement.  

This is a perfect opportunity for the subject to tell us that the three told the truth, nothing but the truth, and all of the truth, to police, about what happened to Ayla. 

Statement Analysis rule:

If the subject is unwilling or unable to say it, we are not permitted to say it for her.  

It is curious as to why she does not name the "3 adults" in the open statement.  This is equivalent to an incomplete social introduction, indicating a poor relationship.  

Let me ask you this, if they so strongly believe that, why are they not asking the questions? Why are they not scheduling meetings with my family or with my attorney?

Note that when a subject asks a question in an open statement, we should be aware that the subject may be speaking to herself, and not to her audience.  In this case, we find that she asks questions, rather than tell us that the three told all the truth to the police.  

It is likely that the subject does not have answers to these questions and this may be the "waiting" for the phone to ring that is mentioned above.  The subject avoids telling us that the three told the truth. 

Note the inclusion of "my attorney" and not "our" attorney. 

Trista can say and do what she wants. 

Trista Reynolds is introduced with first name only.  This is an open statement to Media and to the Public and is an Incomplete Social Introduction, indicating a poor relationship. 

To the best of my knowledge LE has not confirmed her allegations nor stated that she has been cleared as a suspect herself. 

Note that she adds the words "to the best of my knowledge" which indicates that she is aware that police may have confirmed Trista Reynolds' allegations that Justin DiPietro caused the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds and that his sister and his girlfriend are conspiring to withhold the facts from investigators.  
Note the introduction of "suspect" in regard to Ayla.  Police have not said she was a "suspect", so the subject introduces it herself.  This is perhaps why she felt the need to qualify it with "to the best of my knowledge" which reduces commitment. 

I believe that the Focus should remain on finding Ayla. 

Note the pronoun "I" enters the statement here. 

Note that "Focus" is  capitalized as in a proper name.  This makes the topic of the focus of the investigation very sensitive (important) to the subject.  Note that police believe the key to finding Ayla is in the missing information from her son, his girlfriend, and his sister. 

What does she not say?

The focus of finding Ayla is upon Justin DiPietro, his girlfriend, Courtney Roberts, and his sister, Elisha DiPietro, in both law enforcement and media.  This is also the public perception.  This statement indicates that the subject does not want the focus to be on her son and family. 

Note that she says "I believe" which is a weak assertion, rather than saying, "The focus should be on..."This shows that the subject allows for others to believe the focus should be on her family. 

Regarding finding the child, the child is called "Ayla" in context. 

Once Ayla is found then and only then will I think about justice. Justice is served only when all facts and evidence are known and presented in a court of law.

This is unexpected.  

Family members care about justice regardless of a court of law as they are emotionally committed to the child's plight, rather than defending the criminal justice system.  They are judicially innocent, but this does not mean they did not "do it." 

A guilty party will often say "I am innocent" instead of "I didn't do it" before adjudication of a case. 

The subject does not want "justice" to begin until "Ayla" is found.  Does the subject have confidence that Ayla will not be found?

For my family – the last thing left in Pandora ’s Box is hope. 

This is a very unusual phrase and is most unexpected.  "Pandora's Box" is often referred to in the negative, as unexpected consequences and actions.  It is not used in a positive manner often. 

It should be carefully considered if Ayla was put into a box of sorts before being disposed of. The negative connotation regarding a missing child in which police believe the family knows precisely what happened is not lost here. 

We choose to hold on to hope that Ayla will be found and brought home. 

Note the change of pronoun from "I believe" to now, "we choose" (in the present tense).  Please note that this is a very weak assertion of hope.  The subject only "chooses" to "hold" on to hope.  One should wonder if the subject knows that Ayla will not be "found" nor "brought home."  Note that not only "found" but also "brought home"; what causes the subject to add "and brought home" here? If Ayla were to be found, would she not be brought home?

This is another indication that the subject may know that Ayla is deceased.  

The reader should now be on alert for a false pretense of "hope"

If 3 adult women were held captive for over a decade and finally rescued then please believe there is hope Ayla will be found alive. 

Note the gulf of difference between the two cases, indicating a desperate attempt to bridge the gap between them shows the weakness of the assertion to "choose" to "hold" (rather than have) hope.  

Note, "please believe" is a weak assertion as well.  This recognizes not only that one would "believe" otherwise, but is in need of pleading ("please") to believe.  This is not an assertion of hope, but of seeking to persuade one to believe.  

The reader should question if the subject knows that there is no hope existing.  The expected from innocent family is a wearing down of hope, even over lengthy periods of time, as natural denial keeps hope going, even against reality or statements from police.  This is an appeal to the public.


What will come of the public not having hope that Ayla is alive?  This leads to the natural question:

Why does the subject want people to believe that Ayla is alive?

We seek an answer within the statement, itself. 

So we ask and plead that the public continues to look for Ayla

Note that the public is to look for Ayla.  
Note that police are looking for Ayla, and are looking at her son, her daughter, and her son's girlfriend, for the answer of where Ayla is. 

Her eyes are beautiful and distinctive which will be a good focal point in looking for her

Note the word "will" in the sentence.  Note that the subject presupposes that people are not looking for her, but "will", in the future, look, using her eyes as "focal point."
Note that the proper name "Ayla" is dropped and the pronoun "her" is now used. This is in the context of looking for Ayla. 

We continue to pray that a Good Samaritan will come forward with the information LE needs to bring Ayla home. 

Note that it is a "Good Samaritan" that needs to come forward rather than the information coming from the three.  We continue to wait to see if the subject will tell us:
My family did not cause Ayla's disappearance and
My family told the truth to police.  

Thus far, the subject has not said so. 

Ayla, my granddaughter is out there alive so please do not give up looking for her. If you know anything please come forward.
Phoebe DiPietro 

Note the assertion that does not say "Ayla is alive" but that "Ayla is out there" and "alive", using additional words between the child and being alive, but it is pressing that we now see that "Ayla" has changed. 

A change in language indicates a change in reality.  

The subject uses the name "Ayla" 9 times, but here, she is "Ayla, my granddaughter"; which is a full social introduction.  The complete social introduction is expected in the beginning of a statement, and once she is introduced, the shortened "Ayla" is expected to be used. 

This is the end of the statement and the only time the full social introduction is used.  What has caused the subject to need to emphasize that Ayla is her granddaughter, in the complete social introduction?

Please note the inclusion of the word "alive."

Regarding holding "hope", she is "Ayla."
Regarding searching for her, she is "Ayla"

There is only the relationship with the name, at the end of the statement, almost as an afterthought 

Regarding the assertion that Ayla is alive, we now find the need for emphasis, which, the need itself, indicates weakness. 

The reader should question if the subject knows that Ayla will not be found alive.  

The subject does not tell us that the three told the truth.  If she is unwilling or unable to say that the three told the truth, we are not permitted to say it for her. 

The subject does not tell us that her family was not involved in the disappearance of Ayla.  If the subject is unwilling or unable to do so, we are not permitted to say it for her.