Thursday, September 3, 2015
Stephen McDaniels Video for Analysis
This is a great video for instructive purposes: thanks to John McGowan.
When a person goes missing and the subject has guilty knowledge of the crime, the guilty subject is going to do his or her best to always speak of the "missing" person in the present tense. Even a single slip into the past tense is unexpected, and depending upon how close the subject was to the victim, and what police may or may not have revealed, the single slip into past tense language indicates belief or knowledge of the victim's death.
The guilty person will try to concentrate on keeping the present tense language going, but a single slip is critical. Casey Anthony, who killed her daughter, Caylee, actually self-corrected her past tense reference.
Guilty people will do their best, in working from memory of 'script', to stay in the present tense language. It does not conclusively indicate that they believe the person is alive. It is the single slip that we look for, which is why we ask open-ended questions seeking to get the subject into the free editing process where he is choosing his own words, rapidly, rather than using the words of the interviewer. Although no interview is perfect, and every interview is a learning experience, this journalist did a solid job. Every serious minded journalist should be formally trained in Statement Analysis.
Here, Stephen McDaniels is interviewed about then "missing" Lauren Giddings.
In this video, he begins with the past tense reference, but then moves back to present tense.
Next, note that he switches from "I" to "we" when the context has no need to connect. This is often seen as a desire to 'share guilt' or 'share responsibility.'
It is often used when describing what a 'group thinks', as if the subject has access into the thoughts of "all", which shows a deep desire to not be alone in the critical point of the statement.
The interviewers here did a good job keeping him talking, and guilty people often feel compelled to keep the information under their control.
Note the interviewer, "What's going on in your mind now?" is a great question. She lets him speak, offers him a drink, but continues the questions.
How many deceptive indicators can you find?
FOLLOW THE PRONOUNS.
Note the need to keep talking, as he is desperate to control the information, reminiscent of other guilty parties who return, time and time again, to public speaking even when threatened by their own defense attorneys with abandonment: the deceptive's need to give information and learn what is know, is acute, as is their own drive to influence public perception.