Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dep. Jeremy Banks 911 Call

Recently, this case was revisited on television; and I will analyze the interview should transcripts become available.

The Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN) system was developed by Avinoam Sapir, and it is the basis for all Statement Analysis today.  Mr. Sapir's website is LSI  and his work is applied to 911 calls in the same manner as it is applied to all statements.  Work on 911 calls is to the credit of Mr. Sapir.

 Any claim to the contrary is fraudulent and is intellectual theft, whether or not the one taking credit is a trained analyst or not.

He taught us to begin with "the expected" and to then analyze the "unexpected."  This is the same everywhere there is communication, including emails, texts, interviews, and 911 calls.

It is common sense to apply the "expected" to 911 calls.  911 calls are emergency calls.  This means there is no time (nor expectation) for chit-chat, as it should be similar to "excited utterance", that is, a broad display of the free-editing process where the subject is choosing his own words quickly and freely.

This is a domestic homicide call where the victim  Michelle O’Connell died.  The NY Times article has mocked the investigation into the 2010 death.  I would like to analyze the transcripts of Jeremy Banks' interview.  It will reveal the truth of whether he murdered her, or if she committed suicide.  Statement Analysis always gets to the truth. 

                                    What do we expect from a 911 call?

We expect urgency, therefore, in a domestic homicide, we do not expect a greeting.  (See Sergio Celis, Tiffany Hartley 911 calls for examples of deceptive callers possessing guilty knowledge of the crime while making the call).

We do expect someone to be upset and not giggling when his 7 year old child is missing as was the father,  Sergio Celis in his call.

We do expect the caller to ask for help for the victim.  This is what Avinoam Sapir called, quite simply, the "expected."  If someone does not, who does the caller ask for help for?  Does a guilty caller slip or leak out that he, himself, needs help?  If so, it makes sense as it is true:  the guilty party is the one in need of help.

We listen, in every statement, for an apology of any kind, to show up, as the words "I'm sorry", for example, are on the mind of the guilty.

We don't "hang our hat" on any single indicator, as some of these might show up on an innocent caller, but when we have enough indicators that something is amiss, it comes down to the judgement and skill of the analyst who makes the call:  deception indicated.

We listen for truth, and not qualifiers.  We use the same principles of analysis applied everywhere in statements.  We set up what we expect ("I didn't do it") versus what we hear ("Dead squirrels crawled up my engine...") and we are faced with the unexpected for analysis.

Deputy Jeremy Banks made this 911 call.  First is the transcript, then it is repeated, with emphasis added, with Statement Analysis in bold type.

Question for Analyst:  Does Jeremy Banks make this call as a caller with guilty knowledge of the death of Michelle O'Connell?

PS:  More to come on this case.  See http://www.sjso.org/releases/O'Connell%20Case%20Review.pdf




911 Call.

DISPATCHER: 911.

JEREMY BANKS: HEY! Please get someone to my house! It’s 4700 Sherlock Place. Please!

DISPATCHER: What’s going on?

JEREMY BANKS: Please! Send─ my girlfriend, I THINK she just shot herself! There’s blood everywhere!

DISPATCHER: She what?

JEREMY BANKS: She shot herself! Please! [unintelligible] Get someone here please.

DISPATCHER: Ma’am? Ma’am, I need you to calm down.

JEREMY BANKS: It’s mister! It’s SIR!

DISPATCHER: Ma’am, listen to me─

JEREMY BANKS: It’s SIR! It’s SIR. Listen─ hang on, LET ME TELL YOU THE TRUTH. I’m Deputy Banks with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. I work with y’all. Get someone here now!

DISPATCHER: Ok i need you to calm down you know how it goes. Whats the address ? I don't..

JEREMY BANKS: 4700 Sherlock Place.

DISPATCHER: Ok what's going on there?

JEREMY BANKS: My girlfriend has just shot herself with my duty weapon. Please get someone here now please.

DISPATCHER: Sir were doing that while in talking to you. is she still breathing ?

JEREMY BANKS: No,there is blood coming out of everywhere.-please.

DISPATCHER: Ok, she's not breathing.

JEREMY BANKS: Call dispatch on Tac 2, get them here now.

DISPATCHER: Sir their on the phone i need you to calm down.

JEREMY BANKS: Please please please-

DISPATCHER: Jeremy were coming as fast as we can ok? Calm down for me ok.

JEREMY BANKS: Please, you don't understand she just shot herself, pleases get someone here.

Here is now the same transcript (thanks John!) with analysis and emphasis added.

911 Call.

DISPATCHER: 911.

JEREMY BANKS: HEY! Please get someone to my house! It’s 4700 Sherlock Place. Please!

I'm not sure if everyone will consider that "Hey" is a greeting of sorts, but I believe it is.  
Note that the caller does not here ask for help for the victim, only to get "someone" to his house.  




DISPATCHER: What’s going on?

JEREMY BANKS: Please! Send─ my girlfriend, I THINK she just shot herself! There’s blood everywhere!

I'm not a big fan of capitalizing things spoken, but these are the transcripts I have to work with. 

Please notice the weak commitment.  He only "thinks" she has "just" shot herself.  He does not know this?  He is unable to bring himself to say "she shot herself" at first.  He allows for someone to "think" that someone else may have shot her, or even for himself to think contrary.  

He does not specifically ask for help for the victim....yet.  

DISPATCHER: She what?

JEREMY BANKS: She shot herself! Please! [unintelligible] Get someone here please.

He now drops the word "think" from his initial statement.  

DISPATCHER: Ma’am? Ma’am, I need you to calm down.

oops.  

JEREMY BANKS: It’s mister! It’s SIR!

Not only does he want to clarify his gender, but he wants to be respected:  call him "Sir"

This is likely more important than many realize.  When a man holds a gun, he holds power and authority.  Those unarmed are at a significant disadvantage.  Insecure law officers are  a danger and menace to society.  There is little nobility in hiding behind a bush and pulling over a driver for going 10mph faster than others, just to make money, so when someone with insecurity is given authority, much patience is needed when said cop approaches a car.  

Yet, this is also significant because we are all wondering if there was domestic violence in this relationship and the more insecure he is, the more I am going to wonder if his girlfriend did not show him the "respect" he feels he needs.  This one word, "Sir!" would have sent Domestic Violence expert Susan Murphy Milano into writing an entire article about insecure and demanding law enforcement:  her own father was one, who killed her mother. 
DISPATCHER: Ma’am, listen to me─

His voice did sound high at this point.  Let's now see if the insecurity of not being addressed as "Sir!" matters:

JEREMY BANKS: It’s SIR! It’s SIR. Listen─ hang on, Let me tell you the truth. I’m Deputy Banks with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. I work with y’all. Get someone here now!

"Sir" is repeated, making the title of respect sensitive to the subject.  If you know anything about domestic violence, you're choking on this one now. 

But next he signals that he is deceptive:  he prefaces his words with "Let me tell you the truth."  This is a strong indication that what he is about to say is true, but other things may not be.  

"I'm Deputy Banks"; note that he uses title, rather than first and last name.  He sounds like one who is desperate for respect.  This does not bode well for the girlfriend.  

Note that he now demands that they get someone out there, but fails to ask for help for the victim.  He does not beg, he orders.  This is part of who he is. 

DISPATCHER: Ok i need you to calm down you know how it goes. Whats the address ? I don't..

JEREMY BANKS: 4700 Sherlock Place.

DISPATCHER: Ok what's going on there?

This is the best question.  It allows him to begin his statement where he chooses, as well as choose his own words:  
JEREMY BANKS: My girlfriend has just shot herself with my duty weapon. Please get someone here now please.

Note that he no longer "thinks" she shot herself, but goes into extra detail.  Not only did she shoot herself, but did so with his weapon; his "duty" weapon.  He is no longer just "Sir" calling who thinks his girlfriend might have shot herself, he has changed:  he is now "Deputy Banks", sounding self important, and demanding, acknowledging that the weapon was his "duty" weapon and it belonged to him.   He returns to "please" (repeated) rather than order, but he still has not asked for help for the victim. 
DISPATCHER: Sir were doing that while in talking to you. is she still breathing ?

JEREMY BANKS: No,there is blood coming out of everywhere.-please.

Specifically, where is blood coming out of?
DISPATCHER: Ok, she's not breathing.

JEREMY BANKS: Call dispatch on Tac 2, get them here now.

Deputy Banks is now telling Dispatch how to do its job.  He still, however, hasn't asked for help for the victim.  
DISPATCHER: Sir their on the phone i need you to calm down.

JEREMY BANKS: Please please please-

DISPATCHER: Jeremy were coming as fast as we can ok? Calm down for me ok.

JEREMY BANKS: Please, you don't understand she just shot herself, pleases get someone here.


Here is leakage.  He has first reported that she may have shot herself, but then changed to the affirmative, without question.  Yet, he feels the need to persuade with "you don't understand."

What does Dispatch not understand?  This is something that readers may wish to question. 

It may be that he has failed to sound convincing to the Dispatcher, that in spite of repeating that she shot herself, he has failed to cause Dispatch to "understand" this?

He did not ask for help for his victim and there are signals in his call that he may not be telling the truth.  What it is that is to be understood is that he needed to persuade Dispatch that she shot herself.  Why would he need them to understand this?  Would it matter, to the bleeding victim, who pulled the trigger?

It matters very much to the caller.  

I would be very surprised if the victim's family did not hear of at least some reports of domestic violence or threatening by this caller.  

It is a short call, but there are signals that Deputy Jeremy Banks was not truthful in this call.  

11 comments:

jenny StMaire said...

I watched the Dateline episode covering this case and was left feeling it was a suicide. Googled to find out a bit more and went back to not being sure. One of the first relevant issues is that he did not try and perform CPR. The complete turnaround of Michelle's brother from believing Banks murdered her to redeveloping his close relationship with him (as both testified to at the end of the piece) was quite thought provoking.

Terrence said...

Isn't it more likely that "Sir" is just an appropriate/expected correction to "Ma'am?"

Anonymous said...

In a stressful situation, one would not be correcting a unimportant detail as to gender. I remember being so stressed upon finding a relative who attempted suicide. I couldn't remember how to dial 911, much less cared how the dispatcher addressed me.

Apple said...

Anon 11:56, I agree with you.
This case never went to a Grand Jury? Wow.

Lemon said...

Sir Banks uses "my girlfriend" repeatedly. However, he does not use her name. By his language, his main concern is that they get HIS name right. His focus on himself is chilling.

john said...

OT:

My apologies if this has been posted before.

HaLeigh Cummings step-granfather arrested for molesting teenage girl


Bruce Griffis, 52, has been arrested for molesting a fourteen year-old girl. He has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, which is a first degree felony in Florida.

Griffis is the step-father of Crystal Sheffield, mother, HaLeigh Cummings.

HaLeigh was reported missing on February 10, 2009.

Timothy Charles Holmseth conducted approximately 100 hours of in-depth interviews with Sheffield’s victim’s advocate, Wayanne Kruger.

During Holmseth’s interviews, shortly after HaLeigh vanished, Kruger said Bruce Griffis’ wife, Marie Griffis, said she believed HaLeigh had been severely sexually molested. Kruger said she was frustrated that Marie Griffis did not want to report the sexual abuse to the police.

Marie Griffis also told mainstream media outlets she was receiving assistance from a ‘family friend’ named Jeremiah Regan.

Jeremiah Regan is the son of John Regan. John Regan is a phony pastor and FBI impersonator that told Kruger he was working as an “undercover pedophile” for the FBI.

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Jeffssis said...

There was an extensive investigation into this shooting and the conclusion was that she committed suicide. Just because people want it to be otherwise doesn't make it so.
The report was published. You can read it here. www.sjso.org/releases/O'Connell%20Case%20Review.pdf‎

~mj said...

@Jeffssis

Have you had the opportunity to view Frontline on PBS? "Extensive investigation" on behalf of SJSO is wishful thinking. The only extensive investigation that occurred was from FDLE and their findings were that her shooting was more consistent with a homicide. Most people interested in this case only want those findings presented to a Grand Jury and what comes of it from there will be accepted. However those connected with SJSO refuse to do that. This refusal and sloppy police work do not make suicide a reality, only a working theory that the public is being asked to blindly swallow.

trustmeigetit said...

The thing evidence that sold me on murder was that 2 people stated they heard screams for help. See clip below. Also, her mom reported her abuse concerns right before she died. Also see clip on that below.



Two female witnesses, who lived a few hundred yards from the house where Michelle died, maintain they hear a woman screaming for help. The women declined First Coast News' interview requests, but both signed sworn statements and passed polygraph tests.


Michelle's mother, Patty O'Connell, long suspected abuse in their relationship. "I went to counseling through the Sheriff's Office. I said: my daughter is being abused. My granddaughter's being abused. 'Well, we can't do nothing about Michelle but we'll take care of Alexis.' And I said OK.

"And then a couple days later Michelle's dead. She's gone."

Anonymous said...

Peter will you do an analysis of the Bryan Singer child molestation allegations?

Amber admin said...

I think his sudden comment of "let me tell you the truth" says everything: he wasn't telling the truth until that point in the call.

I think most of the evidence points to a murder/staged suicide. The only thing that compelled me to think otherwise was that she had sent some cryptic text messages shortly before her death, but since they were together I think it's reasonable to suspect that maybe the boyfriend wrote those texts on her phone to build an alibi.

Plus the witness statements about hearing the girl scream are pretty solid. Short statements in past tense. Seems legit to me. I think he killed her.