Monday, January 20, 2014

Statement Analysis of Terry Elvis



With Statement Analysis, we listen carefully to what one tells us, without interpretation, knowing that communication presupposes understanding.  Here we have Terry Elvis' statement posted publicly about his daughter.  

What does Terry Elvis' post show us?  Does he possess guilty knowledge of where his daughter is, or what happened to her?

Statement Analysis gets to the truth.  
In looking at the disappearance of Heather Elvis, much speculation has been made, and reports now state that she may have been dating a married man.  Let's look at a few aspects of the case. 
Past Tense Verbs
When a child goes missing, it is unexpected that a parent would use a past tense verb regarding the child.  This is due to the natural resistance a parent has, and speaking in the past tense, as if dead, is most unexpected.  Therefore, when a parent uses a past tense reference, even just once, we ask:
a.  Does the parent believe the child is dead?
b.  Does the parent know the child is dead?
c.  Why might the parent believe the child is dead?  Have the police told the parent something?
We find that the natural resistance (denial) to accepting the death of a child stays with mothers longer than fathers. 
That after 30 days, Terry Elvis, Heather's father, might use the past tense verb is the expected.  
Statement Analysis deals with the unexpected.  

Content

What is the main content of his message?  Is it all about him and his emotions, or does he focus upon finding Heather?  The content's weight is measured.  How many words are dedicated to finding her?  How many are about self?  This can give us indication of his thinking. 

Statement Analysis 

We look for deception indicators, that is, the withholding of information, from guilty writers.  But because we set up the "expected versus the unexpected" we will need to judge content from the perspective of time:  She has been missing for more than one month.  Information about her life has come out.  
1.  Heather  Elvis left for a date at  7 p.m. Dec. 17, and then returned to River Oaks Drive apartment between 2am and 2:30 am.
2.  She  sent a  text message photo of herself to her father at 10:43 p.m. that showed her learning to drive a manual transmission vehicle. That he would have a key to her vehicle is the expected. 
3.  Brianna Warrelmann, Heather's roommate, received a call from Heather at 1:44am, December 18. Warrelmann described Heather:  “seemed like she was crying and upset” due to a phone call, possibly from the married man (Sidney Casissan) she is said to have been seeing.  There have been conflicting reports about whether this man was leaving his wife for her, or not, but we saw a posting allegedly from his wife expressing anger at the infidelity.
4.  The date Heather went on appeared to have gone well.  This was with Steve Shiraldi, who dropped her off between 2am and 2:30am. He was asked about her begin called: 
“I don’t remember her receiving any calls unless someone called her and she just silenced it. I know she didn’t answer any phone calls.”
He reported that she appeared happy when they were out.  Regarding dropping her off Steve Shiraldi said the following:  
When I got back in Murrells Inlet, it was about 3 a.m.,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine her going back out because she was tired. It doesn’t really add up.”
Please notice that he does not use the sensitive word "left" regarding dropping her off. His mind was not upon leaving her, but upon arriving elsewhere.  When one uses the verb "left" as in departing from a place, it is a signal of missing information:  70% likely due to rushing, traffic, time, etc, but 30% critical.  
Finally, there was a report that Terry Elvis received phone records from T Mobile which showed that the last phone calls were at about 6am on the 18th, and these calls were back and forth between Heather's phone and the married man. 
This man allegedly told police that he had not seen Heather since October, but later admitted speaking to her.  This may be why Terry Elvis is so angry:  is this man withholding critical information?
He “called her to tell her to quit calling him and that was it.”  We need more sample from which to work.  
Terry Elvis also expressed concern to police about another man and possible coworker of Elvis “due to him possibly being abusive,” and that, “if she hides, he will find her.”
At this point, we do not have quotes from which to work analysis from.

First the statement, and then the analysis. 


It has been 30 long sleepless days and nights since Heather went missing. 720 hours, 43,200 mins, no matter how I define the length of time it has been like time has stood still for me. The days and nights are all the same, never really changing because Heather is still not home. 

Some of those who once shared our pain now have started to give in to the rumors and half truth statements that run rampant across the internet yet my pain remains a constant companion. Unkind and mean hearted comments pour out like water from a broken hose, hitting hard and damaging everything it hits. Yet Heather, my daughter remains missing. Some judge on the basis of posted information from strangers and even those who just make wild guesses, yet Heather remains missing. My head says lash out but my heart tells me to understand that these things will happen over time.

I see the victims judged and the issue go from missing daughter to some perverted inditement of character.

Nothing has changed for me though, my daughter is still missing. My heart still remains broken and my soul remains shattered yet that somehow becomes discounted over a few posted half truths. I still have nightmares and daymares, my life is still upside down and yet none of these things matter compared to Heather not being safe and home. I cling to hope even though I am flooded with such cruel remarks. Love, it is such a small word for such a huge emotion, my love for my children remains intact and stronger than ever.

The Christmas tree still stands, the stocking are still hung, presents still waiting and I am stuck in this strange world of worry, pain and terror. It has not gotten any easier or better, I see time pass on the clock but it does not really march forward. To those who hold the key to free me from this living hell I ask for compassion for kindness and for your heart to be touched by God that you might come forward and reveal the answers. God I ask for a loving nature to come upon those who can end this so that we might be at peace again. Grace be upon those who would post cruel remarks and peace be upon all who pray for Heather daily.
Amen

Statement Analysis of the text is in bold type.  

It has been 30 long sleepless days and nights since Heather went missing. 720 hours, 43,200 mins, no matter how I define the length of time it has been like time has stood still for me. The days and nights are all the same, never really changing because Heather is still not home. 

We always note how people identify people.  Here, she is "Heather" who went missing, and "Heather" who is still not home.  Below, she is given the "full social introduction" with full name and title ("daughter") while "remaining missing."  This is indicative of his perspective of their relationship in a very positive way.  

Some of those who once shared our pain now have started to give in to the rumors and half truth statements that run rampant across the internet yet my pain remains a constant companion. Unkind and mean hearted comments pour out like water from a broken hose, hitting hard and damaging everything it hits. Yet Heather, my daughter remains missing. 

He is acutely aware of the things that are being said as "rumors" and "half truth statements", which, sadly, indicate include truthful elements.  It may be that the reports of her seeing a married man are increasing the pain he experiences. 

Some judge on the basis of posted information from strangers and even those who just make wild guesses, yet Heather remains missing. My head says lash out but my heart tells me to understand that these things will happen over time.

Whatever is repeated is sensitive.  Note that this is his theme and that everything pales before it:  Heather is missing.  The anger is there, but the bottom line remains that she is missing.  This is the care of a parent.  Compare this with statements by Billie Jean Dunn, who's focus was upon herself and not upon her then "missing" daughter.  

I see the victims judged and the issue go from missing daughter to some perverted inditement of character.

After 30 days, for him to call her "victim" is expected.  
Note the desire to protect his daughter's reputation:  "perverted indictment of character."
What she may have been involved in is compared to the reality:  Heather is missing.  

Nothing has changed for me though, my daughter is still missing. 

That "half truths" are out there, it does not change the father, as he takes ownership, again, and repeats that she is missing with "my" daughter is "still missing."  Whatever may be said of her, nothing changes because she is missing.  "Me" is very personal, and is the expected. 

My heart still remains broken and my soul remains shattered yet that somehow becomes discounted over a few posted half truths. I still have nightmares and daymares, my life is still upside down and yet none of these things matter compared to Heather not being safe and home. I cling to hope even though I am flooded with such cruel remarks. Love, it is such a small word for such a huge emotion, my love for my children remains intact and stronger than ever.

Note the strength of the statement is found with pronouns such as "My" and "I" whereas guilty parties like to 'hide' and feel less responsible and cling to plural pronouns.  This is very personal to the subject. 
His heart is "still broken" and his soul "remains" shattered.  This relates to time.  30 days: may be the longest 30 days he has ever experienced. 
Note the "few posted half truths" is repeated, making it sensitive.  Note "daymares" is an unusual expression, showing deep thought that brings horror, during the day.  This may be due to lack of sleep.  
"my life" being upside down, yet compared with Heather missing does not "matter," which is in stark contrast to the guilty, who focus upon themselves, even as they attempt to divert attention away from them.  The fear of being caught comes out in the language (see Sergio Celis) 

For more pronoun examples as well as the lack of social introduction, look at the case of Baby Lisa in which the mother could hardly use the pronoun "I" and avoided using Lisa's name throughout interview after interview. 

Note "I cling to hope" means it is an effort to have hope.  This is likely due to the length of time that has passed and other things he has learned from police. 

"My love" and "my children":  pronouns are instinctive and powerful and are the best guide to understanding truth and deception.  This is very personal, and even the insults of his daughter are personal to him. 

Next, note that the passage of time is very much on his mind:  


The Christmas tree still stands, the stocking are still hung, presents still waiting and I am stuck in this strange world of worry, pain and terror. 

Note "still" repeated.  This is about the passage of time and is sensitive.  Note that he is "stuck", that is, cannot move forward.  Everything, including the Christmas tree, stockings, presents and his own self, are not moving forward.  
Note the order:
1.  worry
2.  Pain
3.  terror

It is that "worry" causes doubt as it is the unknown, and the reality brings "pain" (that his daughter may be dead) and then "terror"comes from speculating on how she may have died. Too much time has passed for the father to not entertain such terrible thoughts. 

everything stands still:  his entire world is stopped due to the status of his daughter: 

It has not gotten any easier or better, I see time pass on the clock but it does not really march forward. 

If you were the father of a missing girl, what would you say?  This is the expected.  After 30 days, I would expect to hear him address the perpetrator (s) of his daughter's status.  

He does:  

To those who hold the key to free me from this living hell I ask for compassion for kindness and for your heart to be touched by God that you might come forward and reveal the answers. 

Note that his anger above was towards those posting rumors and half truths, but to address those who may be involved, he speaks:
1.  of his hell
2.  of them having compassion and kindness

He does not insult those who may be holding his daughter.  Why doesn't he rail against them?

This is where he still "clings" to hope that she is alive and wisely does not insult those who may be holding her.  

He then turns to prayer.  It is expected that he would pray for his daughter.  This is similar to the 911 calls where the guilty caller does not ask for help for the victim, but for himself.  For whom does the subject seek help? 

He prays, specifically, for those who can "end this" ("this" = closeness) 


God I ask for a loving nature to come upon those who can end this so that we might be at peace again. Grace be upon those who would post cruel remarks and peace be upon all who pray for Heather daily.
Amen

Note the entrance of the plural pronoun "we" after the singular pronouns.  This entrance is important.  "We might be at peace again" indicates that there was "peace" before Heather went missing, and it recognizes that others have suffered.  This has come after the personal singular pronouns have been used. 

There is nothing within this statement that indicates deception, nor guilty knowledge of Heather's disappearance.  

Here are two more statements he made:

"The desire to find Heather and bring her home safe consumed my life now, there was no stopping. The word ‘quit’ did not exist for me on this task."

Note that the statement begins with finding Heather.  Note the strong, singular pronouns. 

Note also that there was a time when Heather lived under his roof, and then she moved out into her own apartment.  Where, as a father, would she be "safe"?  This would be to bring her "home" where he is.  For a father, this is the expected.  For a father, "finding her" is one thing, but given the 30+ days of suffering, bringing her to his "home" where once he was able to look after her, is "safe."  

He reported truthfully suffering day and night.  His weight and focus is upon her.  


“I tell every parent and every child to please be aware of your surroundings. Always call when you’re going to be away from loved ones. When you deviate from your plans, tell someone. Don’t take it for granted that the world is a safe place. If you decide that you have to stop for gas, tell someone that you are stopping for gas. Keep people aware of where you are. Always take a friend [or] two or three. Hold your loved ones close, tell them how much you love them every day. Never let them doubt how much love you have for them so that if you are ever in the position I am in, you will be able to look in the mirror with less regret.”

That Terry Elvis may be angrily demanding information from the married man or his wife, is the "expected."  The parent of a missing child is expected to have urgency and a lack of patience, each hour the child is missing.  
There is nothing within this statement that shows deception nor guilty knowledge of what happened to Heather.  This does not mean he is "father of the year" or an endorsement of anything. 

It simply means that this statement does not contain deception, nor is there deliberately withheld sensitive information regarding the disappearance of Heather Elvis. 

39 comments:

john said...

Father’s resolute letter: ‘We will find my daughter’

Snipped:

Despite the agony Heather’s father has endured for the past month, he says he refuses to give up hope.

“The desire to find Heather and bring her home safe consumed my life now, there was no stopping. The word ‘quit’ did not exist for me on this task,” he said.

In the wake of his daughter’s disappearance, Terry Elvis says there’s one message he will continue to share:

“I tell every parent and every child to please be aware of your surroundings. Always call when you’re going to be away from loved ones. When you deviate from your plans, tell someone. Don’t take it for granted that the world is a safe place. If you decide that you have to stop for gas, tell someone that you are stopping for gas. Keep people aware of where you are. Always take a friend [or] two or three. Hold your loved ones close, tell them how much you love them every day. Never let them doubt how much love you have for them so that if you are ever in the position I am in, you will be able to look in the mirror with less regret.”

About 33 days ago, the foundation of Terry Elvis’ faith was shaken, but he says he’s still praying for a miracle.

“We will find my daughter,” he said. “We will find Heather Elvis.”

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2014/01/20/heather-elvis-missing-myrtle-beach-father-letter-disappearance

john said...
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Peter Hyatt said...

Thanks, John. I will add this into the article. I am updating it now.

Peter

getthem said...

Absolutely heartbreaking. I teared up for this man and his Heather.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this.

his earlier fb posts were of a much different tone.

but I think you can't really hide guilty knowlegde -- even as you adjus your tone and -- you've shown that he is not demonstrating guilty knowledge.

I think he's a dad who likely had an imperfect emotional dynamic with his daughter which may have been part of why she seemed to have an insatiable interest in attracting an older man. but -- some people love too much, some people love too little -- whoever loves just exactly the right amount is probably a freak of nature.

& perfectly balanced people are hardly immune to crime either.


I hope they catch whoever's got her. I hope she's still alive and gets rescued fast.

Anonymous said...

through everything --- even talk of this abusive ex and a married guy who was perhaps telling her he wanted her and was leaving his ex -- only to lure her out --- if he indeed said that. even with all of that -- I don't see motive for murder. the married guy had already told him wife he was cheating. so Heather would not pose a threat to him in that regard. and I can't imagine he was so jealous from one dinner date with another guy -- that he would kill over it. I mean maybe -- but it didn't sound like either of them were expecting fidelity. I just don't see the motive.

Anonymous said...

one thing thats starting to stand out is that she may have felt at an emotional crossroads that night/ morning.

she had been obsessed with this married man who didn't want more than sex with her ,.(I gather from her twitter) and here she had just gone on a first date wich what sounds like a very "nice guy". and enjoyed herself. but her obsession wasn't out of her system -- and the married man comes calling again -- or maybe she initiated the contact. maybe she didn't feel like she could leave her sickness for the healthy. and maybe the married man rejected her, or taunted her, or simply tempted her. Maybe she felt so upset, and so scared of not being able to break free of wanting the bad one --- maybe she drove herself to that egde of the water simply to be alone and think.

but the fact that police dogs didn't fnid her scent at the car, --- ah i don't know what to think.

any chance more than one of these men were working in collusion with each other? namely the angry ex and mr. married.

Anonymous said...

I'm(ME)has anyone considered that it may be a FEMALE whos took/killed her? I don't suspect her father at all.heartbreaking article btw :0(

Anonymous said...

the wife has motive. she seems to believe assaulting heather will fix things....

terrys heartbreak makes my heart ache.

Tammy and Sidney will be caught, it's only a matter of time. the more time that passes, the harsher their sentences will be.

Anonymous said...

wow -- the wife does indeed have motive.

heather's sister posted a statement that the wife punched heather not long ago. and that heather and sidney went pregnancy test shopping together.

tammy seemed "ok" with the affair when it was only "banging" . but maybe the pregnancy led her to an entirely new level of feelings.

the fact that somebody called heather from a pay phone that night ---- jesus.

my guess -- based solely on my imagination -- Tammy got Sydney to lure Heather out by telling her he wanted to get together for real. and the couple did whatever they did to her together. and Tammy's father at least knows or was also involved, as Tammy's father in law was the one harrassing the searchers.


Anonymous said...

http://www.magicaltravel.com/Tammy.jpg

they sure don't look dangerous

Anonymous said...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=627040744027625&set=vb.100001651162087&type=2&theater

what is going on in this video posted by sidney?

Anonymous said...

that she appeared happy when they were out. Regarding dropping her off Steve Shiraldi said the following:
“When I got back in Murrells Inlet, it was about 3 a.m.,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine her going back out because she was tired. It doesn’t really add up.”

when I got back, what time was it when you dropped her off? alibi building?
couldnt imagine???? BECAUSE she was tired
answers negatively with REALLY

Anonymous said...

i think she really bought that ticket to thailand.

Anonymous said...

somebody called heather from a pay phone that night she dissapeared -- according to sister.

somebody lured her out.

it coulda been anybody really, as many shady characters as we are discovering -- there could be many more.

Jen Ow said...

Unreal the hate filled way the wife spoke about Heather while she is missing, and likely victimized. Her anger toward Heather is disproportionate, considering that her HUSBAND is the one with the covenant to her, and not Heather.

She portrays their affair as an 'obsession' solely from Heather and blames her completely, saying that she took his card and 'fantasized' about him for months. She tries to persuade that their affair meant nothing to her, since she had her own lover, but her venom toward Heather and her attempts at minimizing the signifigance of her husbands infidelity, reveals her hurt and anger.

My money is on her. If Heather was really pregnant then she may have wanted her gone to avoid her husband having an illegitimate child to support, AND to keep her children from having a half sibling from a woman Daddy cheated with. I think it is possible that the married man, and his angry wife joined forces to destroy the person they saw as a potential problem for the rest if their lives. I pray I am wrong and she is still alive, and that she rerurns to her loving family.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the couple doing it together -- or together hiring somebody to do it -- is the most likely scenerio on the table. and there's a lot of reasons to think so -- namely if heather was pregnant and if Sydney wanted to repent/ swear his love to his wife - as recent posts on his facebook suggest.

however -- here'ssome counter argument: Heather was obsessing. it's shown in her twitter. she says she's gonna have wt dreams and get him in a broom closet, etc. now I think every girl should be able to say that if they want to -- but itdoes kinda confirm that part of wifes story.

another problem is wifes post about heather after her dissapearance shows rage indeed -- BUT it doesn't make sense that she would be so angry IF she had already killed her, if that was the case i would think she's speak more benevolently -- having taken full controll.

Anonymous said...

murder isnt always satisfying.

Anonymous said...

huh. that's a good point about murder.

I was just going through heather's tumbler. she was a really sad girl. seems like she was really wanting love and fixated on this guy and she just couldn't let go when he didn't love her back. and it became this dark sex obsession thing. but awful lonliness but always the undercurrent.

I guess it's very likely it was one or both of the moorers who did this.

I was so sure it was Terry for a while i'm weary of jumping to a new conclusion. but yeah -- it does llook like it was Sidney or Tammy or both. there's things that indicate heather was pregnant, one of her twitter posts says preggo my eggo. & somebody posted on some thing that somebody say heather and terry shopping pregnancy tests at cvs. I have zero verification on that -- but thats what i read. I guess that's a motivation. Sidney and Tammy had just gone on this be rekindling vacation -- i can tell by his Facebook. maybe they came to thios plan together on trip. I dunno. i guess I think it's more like;y him by himself who did it -- I dunno.

Anonymous said...

sorry - not heather and terry shopping pergnncy tests -- heather and sidney

Stephen Picton said...

It is fascinating to see SCAN applied to a truthful statement and to see the stark contrast between this and the various deceptive statements analysed. I have learned as much from this one analysis as I have from the many deceptive cases. I felt the father's pain reading his statement, and I hope that Heather turns up safe and well.

Anonymous said...

Hey, don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming the victim here but it was utter stupidity for Heather to get involved with a married man, or stay involved with him and take a backset to his wife. Stupid, stupid. They lie to both the wife and the girlfriend and go right on jerking the other woman around so why would this one be any different? He isn't.

They are oh so attentive and pour on the sex while telling a pitiful whiney tale about their wife but never are any different than any other married man on the prowl, then the gullible woman is hooked on the b'stard and at his mercy. So much for that.

In the photo posted above, I see an attractive man on the prowl who would play around in a heartbeat, with a loud and boisterous fat cow wife who would be an embarrassment to be seen with. Look at her. Who wouldn't want to cheat on this ugly cow.

I see this wife as a bullying, brassy fat cow who would beat the sox off anyone who got in her way; who is going to get her way, right or wrong, come hell or high water. This ain't no shrinking violet. She gleefully owns her man and everything and everyone else in her range of ownership. Ain't nobody gonna enfringe on HER life whether it was her fault, his fault, or whatever; HE belongs to her no matter what else she does.

Heather got involved with the wrong married man (which they ALL are); but with this one she took on a vengeful nasty fat wife, out for blood. I'm with Jen, my money is on the cow wife. Whatever she did to Heather, she's glad she did it.

Anonymous said...

Peter, a woman was actually prosecuted for a false raspe case and lying about cancer.http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/240779451.html

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Hey, don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming the victim here but it was utter stupidity for Heather to get involved with a married man, or stay involved with him and take a backset to his wife. Stupid, stupid. They lie to both the wife and the girlfriend and go right on jerking the other woman around so why would this one be any different? He isn't.

Heather is/was no angel and neither is Sydney. Google the "attractive man" All three are selfish D-bags

Maggie said...

I still think the Dad is suspicious. I posted a link on the other thread, but now I don't see it--there were some suspicious areas in his writing.
In the writing, he says the day before she went missing was "normal". He says how her car "SAT" parked sideways--I have read on here when body posture is given to an inanimate object it often means the speaker put the object there ( in this case, it would be the car).

Maggie said...

Maybe I am wrong, but I also feel like the way he describes his emotions both before and after he discovers his daughter has gone missing are peculiar in that he writes about the terror and fear sneaking up on him like a thief in the night the day before she goes missing--I just think it's strange.
Another quote I read from him says he will do anything to find her, suffer any "penalty" to find her. Why is he speaking using legal terms of punishment towards himself in reference to finding his daughter?

Maggie said...

Here is a quote from Terry Elvis:
“No matter what, no matter where, no matter the cost. No matter the penalty, no matter the ramifications, whatever it takes, I will find you and fix it.”

Why is he using these 2 words penalty and ramifications?
If a person's child is missing, why would they be concerned that finding the child and "fixing it" (whatever that means) would bring about a penalty or ramifications to the parent???

Peter Hyatt said...

Maggie,

It indicate that he knows something of the trouble she may have gotten herself involved in, perhaps with the married man.

That a father might call the man's wife and threaten her is not unexpected. His daughter is missing.

He has seen all the internet rumors about an affair, and so forth, perhaps it is this he can "fix."

I have not seen, to date, deception within his statements.

Peter

Stephen Picton said...

I would also imagine that the penalty and ramifications he it talking about might refer to action he might take if his daughter has been harmed. It's certainly language that I have used in the past when discussing with others what I would do if someone hurt one of my daughters. I make the point that I would find the perpetrator(s) and I would hurt them, opening myself up to legal penalty and ramifications. I can associate with what Heather's father is saying if I look at it from that perspective.

Maggie said...

Peter--I see what you mean as far as it potentially relating to her involvement with a married man.
I do not see deception in the piece of writing you analyzed either.
I guess certain things in his other writing I found peculiar but not deceptive.

Anonymous said...



Horry County police records are focusing on telephone activity that occurred as late as 6 a.m. Dec. 18 between Heather Elvis’ cell phone and a man with whom she had a relationship history, according to documents obtained by the Carolina Forest Chronicle.

The phone activity occurred about four hours after Elvis’ last known whereabouts on Dec. 18, and the man identified in the report was nearly twice her age, documents show.

Elvis’ roommate, the police report said, told officers that Elvis “seemed like she was crying and upset” after Elvis reported a conversation with that man.

Anonymous said...

Terry Elvis, said, “I have added more of my own funding to bring the reward up to $30.000.00, someone knows something, at some point soon I am may have to switch this from reward to Bounty for those who may be proven responsible, if you know something the time to step up is now. My family has suffered long enough and answers are needed.”

Anonymous said...

I remember the case of Shania, the little girl who's mother sold her to a man and there was that awful still image of her holding her waiting for an elevator in a hotel before she was killed.

The way that the uninvolved father talked in that case made me very suspicious too. It was the way he didn't talk about his daughter but only his suffering. This is how Terry was talking in the beginning of this case that made me so suspicious. But what I'm realizing -- is some people talk like this, I think there are specifics why and it could be worth examining -- but it does not mean they did the crime. interesting for me to realize.

~mj said...

Statement Analysis is fascinating. Something I am noticing is that many comments are not taking into consideration that sensitivity, deception or guilty knowledge does not equal a conclusion or resolution to these cases. Especially from where we the public stand.

Yes, some of Heather's fathers statements were sensitive. As where Melissa Sowder's boyfriend or Whitney Heiche's husband, Clint's. Even deception in some of these cases. However, when it has all been rolled out for the public to see, we see clearly why there was sensitivity and deception. As in Sowder and Heichel's case, the person showing sensitivity or deception turned out that they knew the person was highly likely deceased and were unable to tell that to reporters. So naturally in everything that they say their knowledge of this painful fact was going to leak out.

Statement Analysis works. Just not the way some commentors are trying to use it. It solves cases if you are inside the investigation. The interviewer can highlight what is sensitive to the investigators so that they can take it in directions that are necessary or open up avenues that may have been missed had statement analysis not been used.

For example, Mr. Hyatt can see that Heather's dad has sensitivity in his statements. As the info comes out, it makes it quite clear why that may be. But without us knowing what is in the redacted bit of the police report, like where the receipt was from that was found in her car, who the other people are that are referred to as Entity 1-5 in the police report, why the roommate was listed stated as Entity 03 in the statement but identified as Entity 04 in the following pages, who was it that called her @ 6 a.m. .. etc, without all that information, us using SA to "solve" this would simply be speculation. Because no doubt some of the people we are "analyzing" know the answers to some of those questions that we do not.

On a side note, for anyone who thought it odd that Heather's father used the term "victim" please note, the official police report uses that term, therefore it can be concluded that the father's use of it may simply be copied from the massive police presence in his life and not of his own use.

Anonymous said...

this is interesting. so we wer picking up on deception -- but it was deception because he knew information the police had asked him not to say, no because he was involved in the crime. interesting how it still comes out as a shasde of grey and sets off all these reader alarms.

Maggie said...

I accidentally posted this on the last Heather Elvis thread but meant to post it on this one:

One of the things that I found to be peculiar (it is apparent in Terry's writing here that Peter analyzed but moreso in another piece of his writing I had read) is that he seems to be very concerned about the aesthetics of his writing. What I mean by this is that he puts quite a bit of effort into poetically describing details that do not directly relate to his daughter being missing. I think this is odd considering that it has been a month since she had been missing. It would be appropriate if a longer time had passed.
I feel the emphasis should be on finding his daughter and I am surprised that he is concerned about making his writing itself impressive to the reader. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

i know right mj and Anon @ 2:42 PM, and yet many believe Billie killed Hailey.

Anonymous said...

Terry Elvis used past tense "loved" according to FOX report.
"She's a beautiful young lady," Terry Elvis told FoxNews.com last month. "She’s a good-hearted girl . . . always helpful and active in her church activities. Everybody loved her."

Michelle
http://crimejail.com

Anonymous said...

Mass Manipulating of words I saw. A man who speaks well. Very deliberate. Very smart. He speaks slow as he speaks because he is making sure he makes little mistakes. But when you hear him tell the story of him being related to Elvis Presley he speaks fast and tells the story without much thought. Every word about Heather is slow and deliberate. When will the police check him out. The FBI needs to step in and find Heather.