Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Conspiracy Theories and Leanne Bearden
The most disturbing element for me is the erroneous use of the principles of Statement Analysis in an attempt to fit analysis to a presupposed theory, rather than allowing the statements to build a theory.
Leanne committed suicide.
There are those (mostly "anonymous") who believe that Leanne was murdered. As 'proof', they are using principles of statement analysis in error, out of context, producing false results.
Here is one such Anonymous post:
And Peter, don't you always say that in a list of things, order matters? This from the 5K website:
Please email us with any questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!
February 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM "
Note how the Anonymous poster begins with a "challenge" to me, as if I am responsible for the fundraising, as if she can use my words to justify her application.
I found the fundraising distasteful, just as I did the lack of initial information by the family, leading to "sightings" far from the location of suicide. I am wary of fund raising in general, but that is just me. Others may not find it distasteful, but helpful. Some may want to raise money for depression victims, in Leanne's name. It is their business, but it does not indicate murder. I found the distancing language present, but this fits a suicide, as the guilt of survivors is terrible. I found the reward to be strange, but not so strange when considering suicide was known as likely, early on.
These things may be distasteful or may be unusual, but they are not indicative of murder nor deception.
As to pet names, "terms of endearment", actually, this must be placed in context for appropriate analysis:
Josh Bearden used pet names on Facebook ("terms of endearment") after his wife's body was found. The anonymous postings believe this is also indicative of murder. That is not something that is Statement Analysis. It is folly.
As to his posting, what is the setting?
It is a memorial! It is expected that he would use terms of endearment or pet names for her in a memorial.
Anonymous postings "flagging" the "pet names" (terms of endearment), and attempting to squeeze it into a murder case, make a mockery of principle.
In a police statement in which a crime is suspected, the term of endearment is red flagged. Think of the context!
In a memorial post, a term of endearment or pet name is expected, not unexpected.
It has a feel that Anonymous Posters have a theory, "murder", and that everything Josh Bearden says is being shoved into the theory.
In Statement Analysis, we do not begin with a theory, but allow the words to guide us. We have "total faith" in the subject's words to guide us.
This is an erroneous application of principle.
Even Leanne smiling for the camera is sighted as "proof" that the family is lying about depression. This ignorance is astounding.
There are videos on the History Channel that show Jews in concentration camps smiling for the camera, right before their death! This is a common occurrence.
People who live with depression suffer along with the victim. Loved ones suffer, and the Bearden family will suffer for a very long time. Distancing language is common because of guilt. The guilt is related to the suicide.
Loved ones will always ask themselves what they could have done differently, what they could have said differently.
Josh Bearden will suffer this, more than anyone else, for the rest of his life.
I hope he finds peace.
He used distancing language in reporting his wife missing. The police made a statement that sounded more like a condolence offering than anything else.
Take both of these together and conclude:
As to the photographs of Leanne smiling "proving" murder: People with acute depression have good days, too. The pictures may show actually how hard Josh Bearden worked to lift his wife's spirits.
Only the closest loved ones of acute depression victims know how deeply they, the loved ones, suffer, day to day. Only they know the effort it takes, sometimes hourly, to keep the victim "up" and functioning.
Only the closest loved ones know how to sleep with one eye open, fearful of suicide.
Only the closest loved ones know how to "walk on eggshells", fearful of saying the wrong thing and being the one who "finally" sets off the suicide.
Husbands and wives argue.
It is reality.
Yet, if one spouse suffers from depression, the pressure to avoid arguments, itself, can lead to arguments, passive-aggressive outbursts, and take its toll on the physical health of the loved one, as he may expend incessant energy to keep his wife from suicide.
In Josh Bearden's statements, he was not deceptive. He is unusual, as his lifestyle showed, but unusual is not guilt. How many people do you know travel the globe the way he and his wife did? I don't know any.
The conspiracy theorists in this case need to now post elsewhere. The conspiracy postings are foolishness and can only hurt Leanne's loved ones. The misapplication of Statement Analysis does a disservice to Statement Analysis, and this blog.
I hope that Leanne's plight will help other serious depression victims to get help, and that loved ones of victims will get support.
God bless the surviving family with peace.