Saturday, January 3, 2015
Statement Analysis of 911 Call of Police Chief William McCollum Shooting Wife
Police Chief shoots wife 911 call has now been released.
In Statement Analysis, we view the Expected versus the Unexpected in 911 calls. In a domestic shooting, how the caller relates to the victim is critically important. He will either show a good relationship in the call, or he will show a troubled relationship.
Presuppositional Thinking in Statement Analysis means going word by word, first, presuming innocence (de facto innocence, not judicial), seeing if the language "fits" or is appropriate.
Then, re-do the analysis presupposing that the caller has had a domestic dispute with his wife and see if the language is fitting with this presupposition.
The Expected Versus The Unexpected.
We set up what we expect to hear from an innocent caller, who's wife has now accidentally been shot. What do we expect to hear, in such a case as this?
It is expected that the caller will:
a. ask for help for the victim, specifically for the victim; not in general, and not for himself.
b. show concern for the victim not for the caller himself. His wife is, perhaps, mortally wounded, and we expect to hear him care only for her.
c. use direct language befitting an emergency not staged language for the recording. This should sound like "excited utterance" and be helpful.
Given that he is law enforcement, we expect him to not only answer the questions, but to offer relevant information to the operator.
Remember, this is an Interview. The 911 operator is asking questions because she needs information.
In every interview, there is an impression:
Either the subject is working with the Interviewer to get the information, or the subject is showing resistance or reluctance, to impede the flow of information. This also can be where the subject impedes information by using tangents or avoidance.
d. Passive Language: passivity is used to conceal identity or responsibility In an accidental shooting, it would be expected about the gun going off, but nothing else. If there is passivity, it must be noted. The passivity should not be coupled with distancing language, since passivity already shows distance.
e. The social introduction is key to understanding the relationship at the time of the call.
If he and his wife fought, and this caused him to threaten her, perhaps, and the "gun went off", we may see him distance himself from his wife by avoiding her name, coupled with her title: "my wife______"
I expect him to say, "This is William McCollom, I just shot my wife, Margaret. She needs help." and give the address. Then when he is asked for details, he will say that the gun went off accidentally.
Order teaches us priority.
Police Chief William McCollom's 911 call analyzed.
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