Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oregon Teen: "I Did It" To TV, After Deputies Release Him

Here is why Analytical Interviewing is so critical in training.  

Oregon teen tells TV crew covering roommate’s stabbing: ‘I did it’

Cody Clarkson admits to the local station that he knifed the 21-year-old victim after a drunken misunderstanding that turned into a violent fight.

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The Oregon man was eventually arrested Sunday and charged in the Jan. 13 attack.

He did it: guilty as charged.
An Oregon man, who was arrested Sunday for stabbing his roommate, apparently thought he was in the clear shortly after the attack on Jan. 13, because he didn't quite keep quiet.
"I did it,Cody Clarkson, 18, said to local station KPTV in a televised interview the night of the crime. "It was a big misunderstanding is all, just drinking, fighting, trying to get to sleep before I go to school. He was making a lot of noise, names got called and that's it."
Clarkson was made the confession while talking to a reporter for the Portland Fox affiliate outside the Timber Creek apartments in Portland.
Cody Clarkson told the Portland Fox affiliate KPTV that he had stabbed his roommate.

FOX 12

Cody Clarkson told the Portland Fox affiliate KPTV that he had stabbed his roommate.

Emergency crews were called to the scene about 3 a.m. His roommate, 21, was taken to a nearby hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.
“Some of the details are a little unclear because of the alcohol involvement,” said Sgt. Vance Stimler, PIO at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. “They got together to drink and there was a physical altercation.
That night, deputies questioned and dismissed Clarkson. Police determined that the attack stemmed from a drunken argument that spiraled out of control.
Time for some Analytical Interviewing Training.
He was finally arrested for fourth-degree assault, booked at the Washington County Jail and released. He is slated to appear in court Jan. 30.

8 comments:

Carnival Barker said...


I'm confused by this article. Before Clarkson's arrest on Sunday was there a question as to who done it; or was there a question as to why Clarkson did it, and then his interview with the news crew cleared up any doubt?

john said...

Carnival Barker said...

I'm confused by this article. Before Clarkson's arrest on Sunday was there a question as to who done it; or was there a question as to why Clarkson did it, and then his interview with the news crew cleared up any doubt?

Hi, i was about to ask the same question.

"I did it"

What was it he done?

With a reliable denial we look for three components, anything less or anything more than the three components is considered unreliable.

1. First person singular "I".

2. Past tense, didn't/did not.

3. Event specific, kill xyz.

Therefore why doesn't a
confessional require these three components?

1. First person singular "I".

2. Past tense, killed etc.

3. xyz.

john said...

In this vt, the reporter asked "Do you know who did it"

His reply was "I did it"

Although we are not supposed to assume what someone means, i guess in this instance it is obvious, even though he uses reflective language.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/teen-tells-tv-crew-covering-stabbing-article-1.1587793

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. He says he did it. What more is there to analyze in this particular case?

Peter Hyatt said...

The point of the article is that deputies (plural) interviewed and cleared him.

The journalist got him.

It may be that the kid thought he was in the free and clear?? I don't know, but it does highlight how poorly law enforcement is trained in interviewing.

john said...

Thanks Peter. :-)

Anonymous said...

Good on the journalist. Ref LE poorly trained; Yep, it sure does Peter.

It doesn't appear to me that Cody ever intended to lie about it in the first place.

Poor guy DOES appear to have a bad case of herpes, however.

Anonymous said...

i think the question was more, was it self defense or justified, rather than who did it, before LE could determine the charges. because they didn't have the victim's side of the story yet.
http://www.kptv.com/story/24512626/man-who-admitted-stabbing-roommate-in-fox-12-interview-arrested