Monday, August 1, 2016
Story Telling in a Statement for Analysis
In a recent murder case, analysts and analysts in training were challenged with a transcript that was very frustrating as it was in "Black Urban Speak" or "ebonics." It was so difficult that some portions of it needed to be translated to English but the victim's family needs justice, as does society. Analysts fearing political correct "fascism" cannot facilitate justice.
In the analysis, we viewed the bastardization of the English language including a historical view that shows a cultural retreat to overt simplicity and ignorance, as well as some cultural distinctives including penchant for repetition and present tense verbs that directly impacts the analysis.
In the end, the analysts were able to determine guilt, motive, and were able to specifically identify the exact number of shots fired, and by whom.
The lead investigator said, the team " nailed it."
It was difficult work, but perseverance and the ability to shift paradigm of principle led to success. By the conclusion of a very long day of training, analysts not only entered the language of the perpetrator, but 'entered his soul', that is, his personality traits, desires, and even some of his childhood.
Although they will never receive specific recognition, their work is an inspiration that took the analysis to an art form.
For some of these nation wide experts, it is becoming their norm. They not only know truth from deception, but they are giving a psychological profile that matches formally conducted evaluations, and showing the appropriate direction for both the investigation and the interview.
In an upcoming new course to be released on "Distinctives in Statement Analysis" (for advanced students and analysts only), we cover:
1. Story Telling Recognition and Analysis.
2. Black Urban Speak and what principles must be used, which may be lessened in weight, and how to differentiate between cultural repetition and sensitivity in repetition.
3. Psychological Profiles and Interviewing.
4. Specific Areas to Cover:
What does a "borderline" interview look like?
How does one interview anti-social or oppositional subjects?
What does bi-polar look like in an interview?
Why is it important to identify disassociation in sex abuse victims?
...and much more.
5. Various Cultures and the Impact upon Language
6. IQ and Language
7. Shifting of Language and Analysis
8. Shifting of Morals and Analysis
9. Human Nature Within Cultural Shifting...
10. Analytical Interviewing: Advanced. How to best elicit a confession or admission from a subject.
Here we have a video of a German politician, Selin Goren, who:
1. Claimed she was raped
2. Reported to police that she was only robbed
3. Deliberately added a perpetrator to the list of suspects, by nationality, to falsely blame a German citizen;
4. Later, returned to police to report the rape on top of the theft;
5. Wrote an apology letter on Facebook to "all refugees."
Does political belief (narrative) trump rape?
Rape is an intrusive, violent, sexual, and highly personal assault; so powerful in impact, that it requires its own chapter within Statement Analysis instruction to be able to discern truth from deception.
Is it possible for someone to hold to such a political belief that it would overrule instinct about rape?
Or, is it possible that she was not raped?
It is all but impossible to ignore her body language via video, and the English translation is not always first person, therefore,
The analyst should attempt to reconstruct the event from a distance in perspective.
No small or minor issues within language can be used in translations.
What is story telling?
In short, this is something that investigators, by instinct, say, "he is telling a story here!" but do not always know how to explain why they feel so strongly about a section of a statement.
They are often correct, but should never dismiss story telling as lacking value because the words come from somewhere.
Story Telling, in Statement Analysis, is often seen as unnecessary slowing down of a pace of a statement, within the context of persuasion, rather than reporting, and rarely ever contain direct lying, instead "counting on you to interpret" his words.
In this video, what do you think happened?
Was she raped?
What do you make of her lies?
What do you make of her explanation of her lies?
What do you make of her behavior?
Hint: Begin your analysis...at the beginning.
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