What does group analysis look like? This may provide insight into a powerful practice within statement analysis where experts come together seeking answers.
The following is summary expert analysis from a group of professionals (detectives, security investigators, therapists, business experts, etc with backgrounds in both law enforcement and psychology) of the transcripts from HLN.com Nancy Grace interview of Brooks Houck, fiancé of missing 35 year old Crystal Rogers, mother of five.
This blog does not publish any private statements unless expressed written permission is given. This analysis is from the nationally televised show and the transcripts are published by HLN.
No one has been arrested and this is only the opinion of the contributors. All are judicially innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The group analysis sought to answer questions including but not limited to:
1. Does Brooks Houck possess guilty knowledge of the disappearance of Crystal Rogers?
2. Is he truthful in his answers?
3. If in possession of guilty knowledge, does he reveal the status of Crystal Rogers? Is she alive?
4. Does he reveal any inadvertent information within his answers?
5. How does he relate to Crystal Rogers, linguistically, which allows us insight into his relationship with her?
6. Is he cooperative with law enforcement?
7. Does he deny causing the disappearance of Crystal Rogers?
Please note that lengthy explanations of the principles of Statement Analysis are often not included. There is also some discussion about interviewing techniques based upon "Analytical Interviewing" principles violated.
This group of experts was asked to work through the interview in order to glean out as much information as possible, with the "40% rule" in mind.
The "40% rule" says that due to the emotional "trail" that is followed during analysis, should the same analyst or other analysts re-analyze the same statement, with a 'broken emotional connection", that is, having moved on to other statements, the same statement will
a. affirm the original analysis
b. yield up to 40% more information
Hence, the value of not only re-analyzing one's own work, but group analysis provides the deepest level, as "emotional connections" are different for each analyst. Too many analysts can be too time consuming, but best is using male and female analysts, with investigatory and psychology backgrounds. All must be proficient in Statement Analysis with formal training, as well as much interview experience. For detectives, the interview experience includes the under-rated "street" or traffic interviews, which are not formal interviews, but are marvelous training opportunities that develop intuition. If formal training is not coupled with this 'street experience' (domestics, in particular), the officer can develop a cynical attitude that will de-rail success in analysis since 90% of deception does not come from direct lying ("everyone lies! is not true), but from missing info. Presupposition of truth is a basic tenant of analysis.
This analysis is useful for study and instruction in Statement Analysis.
Expected: We expect minimization or denial of a troubledrelationship --here, the admission is alarming and the reality is likely much worse than his words, just as "glorious" was an extreme from Scott Peterson. Given that she has left previously, he has a need to give some specific details about where she went, previously, though he will give only a few details about "that" night.
This means that:
1. He is not truthful about being honest
2. He is not truthful about being innocent
3. He is somewhat truthful about cooperation; that is to say, he has given some specific, but limited cooperation.
Let's look at his claim about an attorney:
He knows there are things that they have not asked about. He is signaling that the interview was not complete.