Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Analytical Interviewing Exercise

       

                Analytical Interviewing
                                                       by CK Dexter Haven

Simply put, Analytical Interviewing is the seeking of information, via the interview, based upon Statement Analysis.

This means we often seek a written statement prior to the interview.

We ask legally sound, open ended questions.

We then ask follow up questions based upon the subject's own language, seeking to, whenever possible, avoid introducing language to the subject.

We then ask questions based upon the analysis of the written statement, and questions based upon other evidence.

Note the statement which follows.   Your assignment is to put together at least eleven (11) questions for the interview.

We will do analysis of the statement later.


One night I had a visitor.
It was a friend or rather a relative.
He was from out of town.
And he came up for the weekend.
I invited him into my apartment and gave him a mixed drink.
Later on he went back to his car and brought out beer he had
been drinking.
He also had a gun that he brought into the apartment.
He proceeded to get very drunk.
I eventually went to sleep.
When I woke up he was very drunk and there was beer cans
and beer bottles strewn all over my apartment.
He was smoking a cigarette and using an ashtray that was full of
paper.
There was also cigarette butts in my carpeting.
I started raising hell and at one time I thought he was going to get
violent.
He started shaking me and wouldn't let me move.
All I could think about was the gun he had brought in.
I thought I was going to have to call the police to get rid of him.
Finally I just made him drink the end of the beer and I stayed up
until he went to sleep.
That's it.

You do not know what the allegation is, therefore, you do not know why the subject is writing.  In Analytical Interviewing, like Statement Analysis, we do want to know the allegation, that is, the reason why the subject wrote.  We do not wish to know anything other than the allegation, so that our analysis is not influenced by external sources.  This is often impossible when a case is well known.

Look at the same statement again, with emphasis added.

Your exercise here is to formulate questions based upon your analysis.  Leave the questions, numbered, in the comments section.  Include the portion of the statement (copy/paste) that your question is based upon.  Allow the underlining of words guide your questions.  Dispense of the introductory questions, rapport building, and so on, and move right to analytical questions.

You are to write at least one question for each underlined word.  See if you can identify the element of Statement Analysis


One night I had a visitor.
It was a friend or rather a relative.
He was from out of town.
And he came up for the weekend.
I invited him into my apartment and gave him a mixed drink.  (1) 
Later on he went back to his car and brought out beer he had   (2)
been drinking.
He also had a gun that he brought into the apartment.       (3), see (5)
He proceeded to get very drunk.
I eventually went to sleep.    (4)  
When I woke up he was very drunk and there was beer cans
and beer bottles strewn all over my apartment.   (5)   see (3) 
He was smoking a cigarette and using an ashtray that was full of
paper.
There was also cigarette butts in my carpeting.
I started raising hell and at one time I thought he was going to get   (6)    (7)  
violent.
He started shaking me and wouldn't let me move.  (8) 
All I could think about was the gun he had brought in.
I thought I was going to have to call the police to get rid of him.  (9)
Finally I just made him drink the end of the beer and I stayed up  (10)
until he went to sleep.
That's it.           (11)

19 comments:

Hobnob said...

Who else lives in the apartment?

What gappened after you invited him in and gave him a mixed drink?

what went on between you before you eventually went to sleep?

What happened in the apartment with the gun that it went from my apartment to THE apartment and back to my apartment?

You started raising hell you don't say you completed raising hell, what is your definition of raising hell?

What caused you to think he was going to get violent, not that he was actually being violent

What caused him to start shaking you and prevented you from moving?

if the situation was as bad as claimed why did you not call the police, a drunk and a gun is just asking for trouble?

what happened between you thinking you might have to call the police and making him drink the beer?

What did you do after he went to sleep?


I picked up on the distancing in the relationship. he wasn't a friend he was a relative. What are the dynamics between these two people?

Anonymous said...

Hobnob, I got the impression it was an old friend with benefits or a past relationship of some sort.

Ivanna-Anna said...

I invited him into my apartment and gave him a mixed drink. (1)

# 1 Please specify the timeframe of the events throughout. When did he come to your apartment?

# 2 Please compare your drinking and levels of intoxication on the night.

Later on he went back to his car and brought out beer he had (2)
been drinking.

# 3 Again, please specify the timeframe. How much time had passed since he first came to your apartment?

He also had a gun that he brought into the apartment. (3), see (5)

# 4 What was your reaction to him bringing a gun to the apartment? Please tell me what happened when he brought it in.

# 5 After he had brought the gun to the apartment, where was the gun placed, and why?

He proceeded to get very drunk.
I eventually went to sleep. (4)

# 6 Prior to going to sleep, what did you do?

# 7 At this point of the evening/night, what was your opinion on your relative?

# 8 At this point of the evening, what do you think your relative's opinion was of you, and why? Please also specify the timeframe.

When I woke up he was very drunk and there was beer cans
and beer bottles strewn all over my apartment. (5) see (3)

He was smoking a cigarette and using an ashtray that was full of
paper.
There was also cigarette butts in my carpeting.

# 9 When you saw the beer bottles strewn all over your apartment, and the cigarette butts in your carpeting, what was your first reaction? How did your relative respond?

I started raising hell and at one time I thought he was going to get (6) (7)
violent.

# 10 Please explain how you started raising hell. What happened next?

# 11 What did your relative do? What made you think he was going to get violent?

He started shaking me and wouldn't let me move. (8) All I could think about was the gun he had brought in.
I thought I was going to have to call the police to get rid of him. (9)

# 12 Please explain the positions you were in, and how you got into them.

# 14 What were you thoughts on the gun?

# 15 How did you release yourself?

Finally I just made him drink the end of the beer and I stayed up (10)
until he went to sleep.

# 16 After you released yourself, what happened?

# 17 At the time he went to sleep, what physical condition was he in?

That's it. (11)

# 18 After he went to sleep, what did you do?

Ivanna-Anna said...

Why did he make him (force him) drink the end of the beer?

Anonymous said...

1. Your apartment? (I would let the subject decide what I mean by this question and let him volunteer his own clarification. For example, he may clarify that he is on the lease but his girlfriend lives with him.)

2. What happened between his arrival and his return to his car?

3. The apartment? (I have the same agenda as in Question 1.)

4. What happened between his return to the apartment and you falling asleep?

5. Nice apartment? (I'm hoping for out-of-bounds responses.)

6. About?

7. What did he do?

8. What set him off?

9. Why?

10. How did the argument go?

11. What happened after?

Maggie said...

Off Topic: I am watching Fox news right now, and they just interviewed Abigail Hernandez' mother. Wow, all I can say is they need to be taking a REAL close look at this lady.
Abby has supposedly sent the mother a letter (mother did not reveal anything
in it).
THIS WOMAN IS LYING.
It sounds like she wrote herself the letter.
It's strange because after reading the father's statement, I thought he was setting the scene for a fake communication from Abby.
Mother has a PO Box out of town , finds letter from Abby.
Interviewer asked her "Did you recognize her handwriting right away?"
She can't answer question.
I wonder if the Mom did something to her, or is this the Dad sending fake communication to the mother? Either way, you could tell she was lying.

Anonymous said...

Hey, that was a random, but great, reference to one of my favorites movies!

Hobnob said...

why does he need to tell us the ashtray was full of paper? is arson involved??

Stephen Picton said...

Some really good questions being posted. Also though, lots of compound questions being asked, which isn't good practice when interviewing.

C5H11ONO said...

1. What is this relative to you?
2. Where does he live?
3. When was the last time you spoke with him prior to his visit?
4. What plans did you make with him?
5. What was the mixed drink you gave him?
6. How many did you give him?
7. How many did he make himself?
8. How much beer did he bring out?
9. What did you say to him when he brought the gun into "the" apartment?
10. Why did you allow him to bring a gun into "the" apartment?
11. How much time elapsed between the time he came back with the beer and the gun and the time you went to sleep?
12. Were you drinking too?
13. How much did you drink?
14. What was the paper on the ash try?
15. What was he doing to you that you thought he was going to get violent.
16. What did you do?
17. How did you "make him" drink the end of the beer?
18. When did you grab the gun?

Lemon said...

~allows silence until the subject answers the question and does not interrupt the subject~

(1) Tell me about your apartment. (use of 'my' takes possession)
(2) What happened after you gave him a mixed drink? (temporal lacunae) What happened next?
(3) Can you speak to where he brought the gun into? (change in language indicates a change in reality-'my' apartment changes to 'the' apartment, distancing, lack of ownership)
(4) What happened after he got drunk? (temporal lacunae)
(5) Tell me about where the beer cans and beer bottles were strewn. ( change in language from 'my' apartment - change in reality)
(6)What did you do when you woke up? ("started" raising hell indicates an incomplete action)
(7) What was he doing? (I "thought"- lacks commitment)
(8) [Question] ("started" shaking me- incomplete action)
(9) [Question] (I "thought" - lacks commitment)
(10) What happened before you made him drink the end of the beer? ("Finally" -temporal lacunae)
(11) What happened after he went to sleep?('That's it' - seeking to end questions/statement)

Anonymous said...

I see Peter has deliberately gotten rid of another good poster: John.

You always manage to drive away your good (more intelligent) posters, don't you Peter? You just can't stand it when someone comes along who might be a little brighter than you are. Dumbass, always clamoring for the spotlight, so afraid someone else might receive a little acclaim.

One thing is certain: you are NOT a savvy businessman. Just how the hell do you expect to keep enough good posters around that might click on your advertisers links when you become so spiteful and jealous of other posters that you drive them away?

If you had any business sense at all you'd be determined to build up your blog site and NOT drive good people away.

Sus said...

This account seems out of order and missing time. I'd try to get those spaces filled in with my questions.

1. Did you know he was coming to visit when you invited him in?

2. Did you two leave your apartment that night? (The writer said "back to the car" and "beer he was drinking"...when?)

3. How did you know he had a gun?

4. Was he drunk before you fell asleep? How could you tell?

5. Describe how you felt when you saw beer bottles and cans, and butts on your apartment floor.

6. You say you STARTED to raise hell. How did you do that?

7. What does he do when he is "going to get violent"?

8. Explain the interaction between you two when he shook you.

8b. Where was the gun as he shook you?

9. Did you threaten to call the police or ask him to leave?

10. Tell where each of you were in the apartment while he drank the end of the beer and you stayed up.

11. When did he leave?

Anonymous said...

Check this shit out:


Prosecutors have charged a former University of Missouri Kansas City student with cyber stalking a university instructor.
Court documents allege Kenna Haight, 27, sent over 100 threatening emails to the instructor who has remained unidentified. Haight’s emails at times said she wanted to killed and sexually assault the female instructor. Haight started sending the emails in September 2012.
According to court documents Haight began sending the because she was upset the instructor changed a class syllabus, saying the change caused her to be sexually assaulted.
In one of the emails, Haight wrote in part, “Sleep with one eye open, if I decide I need revenge just in case I change my mind you will be dead on the 1st anniversary of the day I was raped because of you.”
In other emails Haight lashed out using graphic details of what she would like to have done to the instructor.
“If I had known I would have killed you while I was your student and I had means, motive and opportunity!” she wrote.
In another email, she said, “If I had a penis I would put a gun to your head and rape you and make you fear for your life.”
The University of Missouri Kansas City has declined comment.
Haight is in federal custody in Suffolk, Va., where she was arrested and is being held without bond.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

If this couple were only staying together for the sake of the children, why now are they seeking donations so they can rebuild their lives together?

Anonymous said...

Excuse me. My mistake. I was speaking of the Harrison/Willis house fire where the two little boys were burned to death.

TommysMom said...

Peter

Would you consider analyzing statements made by David Camm who was found not guilty at his third trial.

Anonymous said...

1. What was the reason for his visit?
2. What did you and your friend do between the time you made the mixed drink and when he got the beer out of his car?
3. Where did he get this gun?
4. You didn't go to sleep right away, why?
5. While you were asleep he.....?
6. What did you say when you began to confront him?
7. He started shaking you, what made him stop?
8. But you decided not to call police, why?
9. What happened before you made him drink the beer? And why did you 'make' him drink it?
10. What happened after he finally fell asleep?
Anon J