Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Heather Elvis Update
Some thoughts on the case...
Terry Elvis, Heather's father.
Elvis' statements that I have seen to date do not contain deception. This means, simply, that these statements do not have deliberate attempts to deceptively withhold information. Remember, the "statement is alive"; that is, analysis of the case, and analysis of the person, are separate issues: This is analysis of a statement.
Note also that angry responses, including the possible threatening of the married man's wife or family, are not "unexpected" responses. An innocent father will be desperate to have his daughter found and would likely say or do anything in means, to bring about the end.
Time and Language:
As more time has passed we will find two things:
1. Past tense verbs
2. Entrance into new language
1. Past tense verbs.
She has been missing for more than a month. He is a male. Males and Females often have different "denial times" which we find in language. Males will use past tense verbs earlier than females (mothers, in particular, more than anyone else, including siblings, aunts, etc).
It is not an indication of guilt if he should reference her in the past tense, as past tense references in missing persons cases, particularly in missing children cases, indicates a belief or knowledge that the missing child is deceased.
How the subject has come to this belief (or knowledge) can be:
a. Guilty knowledge
b. Things told to the subject by police
c. Signs of risk in the missing person's life (substance abuse, for example)
d. Pessimistic personality
e. passage of time
2. Entrance of new language.
With the passage of time you may see new language, perhaps even unfamiliar language enter into Terry Elvis's statements. We expect to see him enter into the language of those around him who may be influencing him, particularly the police. It is not unexpected that he may sound like a police officer, much in the same way someone who has gone through this may enter into the language of their attorney.
In other words: Don't be surprised if you hear police jargon from a parent of a missing child if the police are working closely with the parent, just as you should not be surprised to hear lawyer-speak in the language of a guilty parent who is being heavily guided by an attorney.
We saw, repeatedly, (by way of example) Billie Jean Dunn's claims to be working closely with the police, when, in fact, the police were not communicating anything from her. Her language not only showed deception, but it was void of police jargon or expressions.
Regarding Terry Elvis' statements, it is true that he does not appear to have been asked, specifically, if he was involved in it, so we may not see a denial. Nor do we have a police statement from which to base opinion on.
What would be interesting would be to have an interview with the married man, Sidney Moorer, who is reported to not only having had an affair with her, but also having spoken on the phone to her just prior to her disappearance.
His wife, a woman scorned, is in deep pain, as her posting shows. He betrayed her, and likely shook her foundation. One of the quickest defenses we see in infidelity is to blame the OT (other woman) for seducing her husband. She calls Sidney "stupid" but reserves her venom for the missing young woman. The lack of empathy or compassion shown towards Heather Elvis may shock some, but it likely is born of a deep, personal and intense pain of betrayal, as many consider this to be the second most challenging trauma, after the death of a loved one, that an unsuspecting spouse might encounter.
She may be in too much pain to realize the venom of what she wrote, and with the internet being what it is, it isn't something she can take back.
These things may be the case, or, perhaps, she is terribly cold-hearted, herself, and cares nothing for a missing 20 year old. Her post shows a need to blame Heather Elvis, which likely did not sit well with Terry Elvis.
It also may be that a very unfavorable portrait of Heather Elvis emerges, particularly if she aggressively pursued Moorer; regardless, she is a very young missing woman who needs to be found.
We hope for some statements to analyze in this case, particularly if journalists ask open ended questions and give real quotes.