Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Statement Analysis Matt Baker After the Murder
He was a pastor who had an affair with a school teacher, and murdered his wife.
20/20 did a show on him.
The jury struggled to believe the other woman, because she was a liar.
"Once a liar, always a liar" the jury forum said.
"I truly believe in my innocence and that the jury made a mistake." Baker said to the court.
Later, in prison, Baker was challenged about his lying. Note the statements are in italics and the analysis is in bold type. Was he this great liar that he was made out to be?
His 911 call is here
Here is what he said from prison where he is serving 65 years for the murder of his wife:
"I'm coming clean on the lying about Vanessa. I made a mistake. I'm human. I was having a tough spot in my marriage and I took the chicken way out. But, I would never hurt my wife. I never did. I never laid a hand on her, ever. "
"I'm coming clean on the lying about Vanessa.
1. Note "I'm coming clean" is in the present tense. This is appropriate as he is speaking in the present tense.
2. "on" This is a verbal signal that he is coming clean on something in particular, but not on something else. Since he was convicted of murder, one would expect that this would be the thing he is going to come clean on: the murder of Kari, his wife. Instead, he addresses "lying."
3. Note that she is "Vanessa" without a title. Not girlfriend, or lover or ex girlfriend.
I made a mistake. I'm human.
These are often the words heard during minimization as the subject feels the need to 'level the playing field' as if the expectation is that the subject is "above" human being status. (see Chris Christie).
I was having a tough spot in my marriage
Note the absence of the pronoun "we" in the marriage.
and I took the chicken way out.
But, I would never hurt my wife.
1. Please note that the vast number of liars do not like to lie directly and will use the conditional/future tense verb, "would" rather than "did not" or "didn't."
2. Please note that the word "never" and "ever" are not reliable, and should not be interpreted as "did not" or "didn't"; as they are appropriate when being asked "Have you ever...?"
3. Please note that "hurt" is minimizing language because Kari was murdered.
4. Note that here, with regard to "hurt" she is his "wife", yet she is not given a name, which is an incomplete social introduction, indicative of a bad relationship.
I never did.
Unreliable denial. Do not substitute "never" for "did not."
I never laid a hand on her, ever. "
Note that he again uses "never" and then weakens it with the follow up, "ever" in his denial. This is also an unreliable denial.
Was he able to say that he never laid a hand on her because he poisoned her? Yet, the "never", coupled with "ever" is unreliable, so that even not laying a hand on her is not to be deemed truthful.