Thursday, June 26, 2014
Father Denies Knowing Son in Basement
Detroit Police and the FBI were in the house, for days, and did not find the 12 year old in the basement, according to this father. There is a report that there was a tunnel, to go in and out of the basement.
Listen carefully to his statement. Give your opinion in the comments section.
Question for readers: Does he issue a Reliable Denial OR does he enter into the language of his Interviewer?
IF it is in the Free Editing Process it is very likely true.
IF he entered into the language that the Interviewer uses, it is Unreliable.
Unreliable does not mean deception. It means that we cannot use it and must continue with more statements.
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"I didn't know he was in the basement" is the first thing he said, and very straight forward. Later, he used words like "absurd", which is sensitive. The sensitivity could be directly related to the context:
He claimed that the FBI and dogs searched there.
Please also note:
Someone can be truthful and wrong.
This means that the person is not deliberately trying to deceive, but is repeating something that is incorrect.
"I didn't know he was in the basement" is a very strong denial if it is said on its own. This places him in the above 90% category. He may not be truthful about other circumstances, including his ex wife, or wife, but this statement is very likely to be true IF it is in the Free Editing Process.
However, here is the caveat that must be considered. It is the wording of the Interviewer:
He was asked, "Did you know your son was in the basement?" He said, "Man, I did not know my son was in the basement.." which enters the language of the Interviewer. This is Reflective Language. It can be true, but what we look for is the Free Editing Process, in which someone, speaking for himself, freely says (and in a case like this, repeats) that he didn't do it, or didn't know it, etc.
In the Gov Christie interview, he gives a reliable denial, sandwiched in between much else, making it Unreliable. He added to it, violating the simple, three point denial:
1. Pronoun "I"
2. Past Tense verb, "did not"
3. Allegation or Event specific
Anything less or more is to be deemed Unreliable.
Reflective Langauge cannot be deemed Reliable. It still may be true, but we cannot conclude at that point. By itself, it is strong.
This is why we seek to conduct interviews with general, open ended questions.
There are questions about the step mother that need to be answered.
Please note that in another interview, the father did not deny the step mother's possible involvement. He only said she "would not" and not "did not" do such a thing.
The step mother will likely be the target of the investigation, along with prior child abuse against both father and step mother.
The police chief interview shows quite a bit of grandstanding which sometimes avoids giving direct answers.
Unreliable Denial--but not necessary guilt.
Had he said this on his own, it would stand as "Reliable"
more information is needed about the father.
It should be explored if the step mother has known about this and kept it from him. Dad volunteered polygraph with FBI after turning down local PD.
Father said that the FBI told him it was a murder investigation, blood was found, and that his son had a tweeter account and money, that the father was not aware of.