The robbery statement was published for your consideration. A second posting was the robbery statement with emphasis added, to let you check your analysis and prompt you towards certain important portions of the statement. Here is some analysis principles for you to further consider when comparing your results in the comments section.
On Aug 6 at 4:45 AM I got up, from there I got dressed, brushed my teeth did my hair and
make-up, then sat around until 5:15 AM had a smoke, started my car and left for work. I
arrived there at 5:25 AM and open the doors. turned on my lights & pump pumps, then took
my numbers to do my Shift Check after that I open the safe and began to do my paperwork
form the day before, my stepfather came there at ruffley 10 to or 5 to 6:00 AM and I stood
there and told him we I didn’t start the coffee yet and then left for work them went back to
doing my cash, When I felt to someone touch me and say give me the money I have a family
to feed to and said don’t turn around and then I froze. I bundled the money and passed it to
1. Personal Hygiene: "brushed my teeth"
This is the principle.
I have found, personally, that the missing information is often related to domestic violence. When a woman is in a relationship of domestic violence, it is not the violence that controls her, but the threat of violence. She lives life "negotiating" her way around the violence. Therefore, in the morning, while "brushing her teeth" or tending to her personal hygiene, she may lock the door, and for a few moments in the day, feel safe and as if she has a semblance of control over her life.
2. "Left": The leaving of a place
The word "left", when used as a connecting verb between two places, is indicative of missing information. 70% of the time, this missing information is due to time constraints, rushing, traffic, and so on. 30%, however, is critical information that is withheld from the statement. When we find this word in this use, it is highlighted, by the SCAN technique, in the color coding of "blue", representing the highest sensitivity (along with the word "because", when used to explain "why", when the subject should only be telling us "what happened" to her).
When we find two or more "blues" close together, it is called a "cluster of blues" representing very sensitive information. It is often the "answer" we seek in analysis.
3. Pronouns: Pronouns are reliable in analysis, as they are intuitive. Following pronouns, alone, can yield the conclusion of a matter. Pronouns, being instinctive, are never "wrong", as they are 100% trustworthy for analysis. We use pronouns millions of times in our lives, and are experts at them. When you find a pronoun "error", you are likely looking at deception. Note the change of pronoun, emphasized.
4. Doors Opening and Closing are sometimes an insight into a subject who experienced childhood abuse, particularly, sexual abuse. This is especially seen in descriptions where doors are not necessary for the statement.
5. Articles Don't Lie We know to say "a man" until he has been identified, and "the
man" once identified. hmmmm
6. Verb Tense If someone switches from past tense to present tense, there is a reason. This often highlights deception for us.
7. Possessive Pronouns show ownership.
8. Soft Language Would you "pass" money in a robbery? Does a hold up "say" or does he "tell"? The soft language is truthful: she knew the thief and he did not scream, threaten or use demanding language as this was previously agreed upon.
Did you know that the concealed information contained within the robbery statement is that the subject knew the man she gave the money to?
How do you know?
9. Social Introductions In a statement for police, (strangers) social introductions tell us the quality of a relationship WITHIN the statement.
Specifically, this can indicate discord within a relationship over a particular topic (context) while seeing, under another context, the relationship "restored."
Remember: we do not analyze people, but statements. The "subject is dead; the statement is alive" (Sapir)
An Incomplete Social Introduction can indicate a problem.
A complete social introduction : "My wife, Heather" consists of three components:
a. Possessive pronoun "my"
b. Title, "wife"
c. Name, "Heather"
This indicates, within the statement only, a good relationship.
Note "my stepfather" is incomplete, with the name withheld. Remember the context: a police statement. Names are important.
10. Body Posture often indicates an increase in tension.
"My boss told me to be at work at 9."
"My boss stood and told me to be at work at 9" shows an increase in tension for the subject, at this point in the statement.
11. Additional Information which is unnecessary, is very important, often "doubly important" to the analysis work. Even a diversion is seen as necessary making that which the departure has taken place from, very important. Even the word "coffee", when it enters a subject's language, is often (not always) an indication that the subject was not alone. Coffee is often a social drink. The interviewer (therapist, journalist, etc) should always flag "coffee" and ask, "Were you alone?"
12. The Reason Why is not always evident if the subject does not use "so, since, therefore, because"; as here, we have an explanation as to why the thief needs the money, making it very sensitive to the subject. This is an indication that the subject knows and has sympathy for the one receiving the "passed" money.
13. Began but not completed? Always note when someone says that they began something, rather than having done something. Questions must be asked.
14. Opening/Closing (the safe) may also indicate childhood abuse. I say, "Tell me about you growing up?" and listen for signals of abuse. In a case like this, it would show that the subject, having been abused, was comfortable taking orders and followed orders from an older male in this situation. This is relevant for trust issues, particularly in businesses that survive on trust.
15. Emotions in a statement can indicate an artificial placement if they are found in the logical or "perfect" part of the account. Humans take time to process emotions. Story telling places the emotions in the main event. "I was walking in the woods and my heart began to pound..." but the overwhelming number of truthful accounts have the emotions placed after the main event.
Remember that we do not conclude deception on any single indicator of sensitivity nor deception. It is the skill of the analyst, with many hours experience, that is needed to draw a conclusion.