Why do guilty liars take polygraphs, signing on to not only taking the test, but admissibility?
This is the one who "did it" and knows that he is going to be asked, "Yes or No, did you do it?" in the polygraph.
Why would someone who "did it" and knows he is going to be asked this simple question, go ahead and take the polygraph?
It happens a lot.
It is a signal that the subject is a pathological liar; one who has done so since childhood, and will even lie when no apparent reason to lie exists. It is as if breathing, and as natural as truthful recall is to you and me. The habit is not just an external habit, it is where one has almost a dual personality or a dual reality where one is what happened and the other is what one wanted to happen. When he or she goes into memory, he is so used to making a 'choice' between the two that the processing speed of the deception is quite efficient; not up to speed with experiential memory, but it is up there. This is where you hear someone is "a good liar."
The lies appear almost seamless, but it is when someone close to the liar hears a lie that was senseless that further consideration is given.
In the Amanda Blackburn murder case, the Christian Post had an article in which it said that readers wanted the husband, Davey Blackburn, to stop publishing victim Amanda's private journal via tweets. People find it to be crass exploitation of a murder by one who's mantra has been to get the attention of as many people as possible, similar to a pyramid scam, where each person tells 3 people, who then each in turn tell 3 people...and on it goes.
From what we know of Statement Analysis:
He is not going to stop unless he is arrested.
Even there, if he is arrested, he will only pause but eventually get back on it and will sell his story --it is his compulsion and he is not going to listen to what readers suggest. In fact, there is likely only two people he is going to listen to in life: one is if his mentor still pays his salary and the other is himself.
He is obsessed with success and as each of us has an internal subjective dictionary, he has defined success for us: numbers in attendance, in person, or via internet, but it is numbers. He has used the murder of his wife, from the very beginning, to promote himself.
Why won't he listen to others?
This is a man who has seized authority and it comes at the expense of those who were not educated enough in their own faith to grasp the sufficiency of Scripture, itself.
It is very sad.
It is very common.
Having said that, what he has done, however, is not common:
I have spoken to many who thought God was speaking to them. Some did not show deception; they believed it. They were often very under-educated, very emotional, and in desperation to be 'relevant' in life. At times, it was heartbreaking. Some were in vulnerable positions, such as medical necessity. They were different than the deceptive:
Those who showed deception, knew what they were doing, were purposeful, driven and used it to exploit others while gaining attention for themselves.
When caught, they feigned humility and went on the attack.
The "attack" may start small (refusal to stop publishing her private journal) but goes on to law suits, etc. They cannot bear being "undone" by truth. These are those who take polygraphs and fail miserably.
They felt compelled to "prove", even to their own selves, that they are not liars.
For some, their own self worth or in deeper terms, their own relevancy in life, itself, was tied into their 'cause', which was to be so special, so marvelously unique, and so very different than the rest of us, that they heard from Almighty God, Himself.
What was the results?
Heartache for the victims, status for the perpetrator. Deception always has victims.
The Q&A shower session was this very thing.
He had 'heard' so much from 'God' that his own first name was used, and the history making event was, itself, also qualified.
What if it does not come true?
"Don't let Amanda's death be in vain" was his response. He put the onus upon the 'dead' congregation he had just finished insulting. Blackburn is well above average intelligence.
He could take this 'divine authority' and subordinate his father in law and an entire congregation but still give himself an 'out' where he could blame them.
His message was that Amanda gave her life for the church to live and the church is dead and in need of being brought to life and it is going to happen in a way that history books have not thought of.
but, by the way, if it fails, it is their fault for letting her die in vain.
This speaks to investigators (and criminologists) who must learn if he was involved in orchestrating his wife's murder, as circumstances point to, as he, like all liars, has a need to justify her death.
He will not stop exploiting her death. He went from obsessed to outright deceiver with his 'marching orders from Divinity.'
He is left with two authorities: money and himself.
If his mentor pays his salary, he will yield to him, but beyond that, having been divinely commissioned by the death of his wife, there is no higher authority to yield to.
He is it.
If his father in law is to rebuke him, it would have to, in the very least, equal the authority of the shower encounter.
Unless someone holds purse strings, he has no one above him.
Statement Analysis has shown the obsession with numerical success and once 'divine authority' was added to it, there is no human that can reason with him on anything.
If charged, this suggests that his own defense attorney would have a terrible time controlling him.
He would likely take the stand in his own defense.
He has given divine revelation as to "why" Amanda died.
"We are baffled" as to why she died, has now given way to a specific reason for death; it was not due to a bad marriage, nor was it due to random theft where she decided that she would stop the thief.
Expect the self promotion to continue unabated. It may take on different forms but it will continue.
The self promotion came at Amanda's expense while she was alive, and she died so the promotion would successfully bring in numbers. That even subtle insult continues including revealing her private journal to the public, is the expected.
Will law enforcement investigators ask him to polygraph?
This has its pros and it has its cons.
Right now, he is speaking freely and often and his latest revelation that has justified her death is important. Should they ask him to polygraph, they risk him quieting down while they continue to seek to learn of any possible connections.
Should he take the polygraph and pass, it would reduce suspicion upon his possible involvement, something he has done much to keep suspicion levels high.
Offering a polygraph would immediately invite him to hire a defense attorney.
There would be no shortage of high powered defense attorneys who would take this case at no cost due to the high profile nature of exposure.
Rare would be a defense attorney who would allow him to polygraph.
For now, it is not known if investigators have found any connection between Blackburn and the shooter, yet the coincidental nature of the case, and the words of Blackburn, himself, press for an answer.
While no polygraph is offered and no formal suspicion comes from investigators, Blackburn is likely to continue to commercialize Amanda's death.
A polygraph that is passed would quell suspicion of involvement.
If Blackburn has no guilty knowledge of her death; that is, no connection to the killer whatsoever, a polygraph would help aid him in his thirst for publicity. It would allow him to take the 'martyr' role where he is not only the grieving husband, but the 'victim' of relentless internet 'trolls' who doubt him.
It would be useful to his drive or publicity and numerical success.
John and Patsy Ramsey were indicted by a Grand Jury in the "death by child abuse" homicide of their daughter, Jonbenet.
The District Attorney, Alex Hunter, refused to sign the indictment.
He did not want to face off against the Atlanta attorneys hired by the Ramseys.
These attorneys reportedly took their clients "polygraph shopping" where, they had hoped, they could capitalize on the publicity.
They had taken them on polygraph after polygraph until they found one who's questioned were so perfectly designed, the Ramseys would pass, after repeated failures.
They not only handsomely rewarded this polygrapher, but had a specific 'red dog' contract with him which forbids him of disclosing the wording of any of the questions.
This means that "did you cause Jonbenet's death?" as a simple, and straight forward question, would not have been asked of them.
"Did you write the ransom note?" would not have been asked.
How did the publicity of the "passed polygraph" work with the public?
They did not count on the failed polygraph information leaking to media.
It ended up actually increasing suspicion of their clients, rather than alleviating it.
Blackburn could volunteer for one from police, or he could seek to take a private one, which reduces credibility as people would wonder if he was "polygraph shopping."
In any case, public relations is front and center here. Each day there is new information, via tweets or information such as the public statement made about the victim's reason for being murdered, made available to the public via the internet.
As a public figure who has made the rounds of the networks, his words are heard and examined. A polygraph would bring him right back to national headlines and allow him to portray anyone doubting him as 'the bad guy.'
Every hero needs a villain.
Without a villain, the story puts us to sleep but where there is a story, there are t shirts sold and lots of free publicity. Yet, there is a problem:
Should he be proven utterly criminally unconnected to the murder, Americans are not likely to look upon him fondly even as his clean cut good looks and gift of theatrics suggest, due to his early emotional disconnect from Amanda, and his self serving ambition.
Rocky Balboa was a violent, organized crime leg breaker, loan shark collector, with a criminal history, yet, we cheered for him for decades as he was 'liable' in the story.
Arrogant, cocky, emotionally disconnected and lacking of emotional self awareness, he would need a complete overhaul to get America to pity him as the underdog.
Would a polygraph help this cause?
would a polygraph help the cause of justice for murder victim, Amanda Blackburn?