The murder, itself, was shocking: a young, beautiful pregnant woman was murdered in her home.
As shocking as the brutal murder was, it was the victim's own husband who further shocked the public with his statements described as "crass", "cold", "unfeeling" "disinterested" but, for statement analysis, something quite different.
He responded publicly and repeatedly, in ways that shocked the public even further, perhaps, than the murder itself.
With his online videos, the public learned much about him including the basic fact that he is obsessed with numerical success and that his wife, Amanda, stood in the way of his success. He even went as far as saying her initial pregnancy was a crisis for him and that she frequently complained that he was not spending time with her; but about his 'business' of getting numbers out to follow him.
His videos reveal talented theatrics and choreographed presentations, of which, just prior to her shooting, one with a prop gun waved around by him.
A week later, she was dead and his initial reaction was to capitalize on the advertising opportunity her death afforded him.
The public waited for him to show fear of the killers, if not for him, a man of 'great faith', than at least for his son or the neighborhood.
He did not.
The public waited for him to speak words of bereavement only to find his statements were made without even mentioning his wife's name.
There are those who have defended the husband, Davey Blackburn, emphatically due to loyalty to a specific faith, while there are others who have not simply responded with the known details of the case, but who attacked the defenders, projecting their own feelings about faith into the discussion.
Still, there is a dismissal of his words by claiming mental illness or psychological disturbance on his part; specifically delusional or narcissistic (the twain do not meet) use of the pronoun "we."
|Its difficult to find many pictures of Amanda without Davey|
The perfect storm comes together when narcissism, obsession, drive and talent meet historical or habitual deception.
We often say, "the liar is a murderer in training" due to the pragmatic world view where one lies to get what one wants and with lies that are successful, comes desensitization and increase in frequency and scope. Hence, the liar puts himself and his own life above others, and unchecked, the end is murder...murder, if necessary for self.
This is also a bit of insight into why this type of profiling has low accuracy rating and isn't actively stood upon in the field of investigations.
Nothing shows the accuracy and success as the words that come out of a person's own mouth. It is, in this sense, almost impossible to lie. One may murder, one may commit arson, rape and other heinous crimes, but once a subject is in the free editing process, he will give it all away.
Statistical profiling, far more accurate, has been discarded due to politicians' exploitation of it.
Statement Analysis profiling recognizes that words reveal the speaker's:
Studying Statement Analysis Profiling allows for precision; not vague declarations that cannot be stood firmly upon.
As the husband of victim, Amanda Blackburn recounts 'what happened', it is impossible for him to tell us everything, therefore, he must edit his account before producing words:
Of a vocabulary of more than 20,000 words, what words to choose;
where to place such words (syntax)
what tenses and pronouns to use
what order to place the information...
This takes place in less than a micro-second in time and reveals:
The speaker's background information, including sex, age, etc,
his experiences in life;
his priority in the account, and lastly,
To dismiss his use of the pronoun "we", for example, rather than viewing what context produces "we" and what context produces "I" is to show an intense misunderstanding of both human nature and basic communication, making 'profiling' an undisciplined work akin to 'psychic' guessing. Even the most extreme narcissist who do speak of themselves, in the second person, for example, are noted as all others are: baseline reference point. Even in behavioral profiling, norms are established just as it is for statement analysis (or even body language analysis). If narcissism produces "we", under what context is it seen, and under what context is it abandoned? This is to establish context within analysis.
To claim that a public speaker is so mentally ill or so narcissistic as to be incapable of separating himself from Divinity in using the pronoun "we" instead of "I" is not only to not understand mental illness, narcissism, context and baseline pattern, but it is to not understand that Blackburn is an educated and talented public speaker who principally relies upon persuasion. For those of faith, this point is even stronger: his psycho-sexual religious ideology is, at heart, pragmatic. If numbers come, it is positive. If numbers do not come, it is negative.
Next, the conclusions here are not simply analysis of the words, but behavioral analysis, both pre and post crime. The opinions expressed here particularly in this regard, comes from more than one dozen professionals, including those with decades experience in homicide investigation, ranging from local, state and federal law enforcement, to the professionals within psychology and communication. The representation of the opinion is singular; as the elements were all agreed upon, after much analytical work and discussion.
The source of information is public record. No cases assisted upon are published in the Statement Analysis blog.
Amanda Blackburn was sexually assaulted and murdered when a gang of young black males entered her home while her husband was not inside the house, but at the gym, en route to or from the gym, or in his driveway. With this evidence, police quickly cleared Davey Blackburn as a suspect. As the analysis will show, this immediate clearance of the husband was not warranted, nor wise. The pressure of publicity also cannot be ignored. The sexual assault classification is due to the position of her clothing in the murder.
Amanda Blackburn was pregnant, married to Davey Blackburn, pastoring a church in which emphasis is incessantly placed upon pop psychology "success" driven agenda of populating the church.
Statistically, when a pregnant woman is murdered, the male partner (husband, boyfriend, ex) is the most likely one responsible.
Since the murderers are now caught, the analysis seeks to learn whether or not the victim's husband had any knowledge of what happened to Amanda, which can range from facilitating the murder, down to knowledge that his home was to be entered that morning for nefarious reasons. Therefore, the question is not singular, though "guilty knowledge" is sought to be discerned.
Behavioral analysis simply looks at the behavior of a subject (D. Blackburn) before, during and after the homicide.
Did the subject show any signals of anticipation before the crime?
Did the subject show signals of benefiting from the crime? In domestic homicides, behavioral analysis seeks to learn the quality of the relationship, whether there was infidelity, or whether divorce was an undesirable alternative.
Did the subject show any signals of knowledge, via behavior, that would cause him to, for example, not fear reprisal upon his son's life, or his own?
We look, in particular, for 'stressors' or unusual and straining circumstances that can precede domestic homicide.
Statement Analysis is the most effective way of discerning truth from deception, exceeding that of the polygraph, voice stress analyzer, and all other means currently employed. In this case, statements made both before and after the homicide are examined to learn whether or not an answer to the analytical questions can be obtained. Would Blackburn's statements reveal someone with some form of knowledge of the crime?
I. Life Prior to the Homicide
Much is learned in viewing the unusual circumstances in the life of Davey Blackburn prior to the murder of his wife. Due to this circumstances, much sample is available online, including both video and written statements. His connection to Perry Noble also has provided a great deal of information.
Readers who are interested in understanding the conclusion of the analysis should simply search on this blog for the many articles with analysis on the case.
What do we know from this background?
We know that Blackburn had serious issues growing up. Those who understand the origin of deviancy know that those who fabricate reality for their own advantage are either properly taught in early childhood, or they are not and even those who claim strong religious crisis experience, later realize that personality traits in childhood are very difficult to over come. Children are born liars and those who are not taught, no matter the reason for the negligence of duty, will become habitual liars and it is their success in lying that will determine how much damage they do in society. The greater the intellect of the deceiver, often the greater the damage, or, in the least, the propensity for damage.
A Biblical example of such is the thief. The cultural mandate was "thou shalt not steal" which was prescribed to be taught at a very early age, repeatedly, along with negative consequences for such. Yet, what does the Bible say about the adult thief, who now wishes to amend his ways?
Carefully consider what this highlights in human nature:
For the adult, the directive is to "steal no more" (inner repentance) but a natural remedy was also prescribed to combat the habitual selfishness behind theft: "let him that stole, steal no more, but work willingly with his own hands, to give to others..."
Those who took that which belonged to others had to not only internally change (no more theft and a change of attitude) but the practical application was that he now had to give money away to others. This is a powerful antidote to theft and that it is not compulsory is even more fascinating. Will someone who has only sought to benefit self not only be able to overcome this habit, but actually deny self satisfaction, and give to others?
It is a good reminder how personality patterns (lying and stealing are cousins; both are forms of theft with lying the passing of false communicative currency) are near impossible to overcome and take special remedy.
Statistically, those who fabricate reality will grow in the desensitization process right up to falsely testifying in capital crimes to murder. As Cindy Anthony put it, "just because someone tells a few mis truths, doesn't make them a killer..." in reference to her killer daughter, Casey Anthony, who felt that her daughter was getting too much attention and getting in the way of her social life, so she killed her.
Just like that.
That Casey was known to fabricate reality from childhood, including lying when no lie was even needed, was not lost on the public; only the jury, who, perhaps, hoped for their own cashing in on infamy.
Those who are not properly corrected at a very early age, pose a serious risk for offenses against society later. Thus the study of criminals and human empathy.
Those in prison, like those law abiding, were both told,
"Do not hit your sister!" but the criminals lacked something that the law abiding was given: human empathy.
"Don't hit your sister, it hurts her."
It is within these early life lessons that language speaks and habits of speech formed.
Blackburn self reported that he lied so severely in high school that it caused everyone in his life, from peers to faculty, to turn on him. The lie itself, by the reaction, was antisocial. For trouble makers, generally peers or authority will turn against them, but not both. The lie was destructive and in the minds of many, likely "unforgivable." What he did was to put himself above all others, and benefit in a way that would come through the destruction of at least one other person.
That it happened, not at age 6, but as a teen, is alarming. It is a strong signal of the narcissism that was to become on full display for audiences via his video taping of himself.
Pop Entertaining Psychology Positive Thinking Meets post MTV sexuality, Marries Religious Belief Captured on Video
Blackburn's belief system is best viewed through his own words, rather than that of historic Christianity. His adulation of Perry Noble, and his insatiable desire to satisfy himself are only slightly hidden beneath the arch of religion. Religious structure is a medium of which he can fulfill his ambitions.
This means Christianity must be subordinated to self, rather than self subordinating to principle.
2. Narcissistic Behavior
Prior to the murder of Amanda, we were able to view video tapes of Davey Blackburn in which the narcissism was readily discerned. The videos (and statements) show that within his personality there is a desire to place himself above all others. Linguistically, he placed himself above others, beginning first with his wife, which would eventually place himself equal to and even above, Divinity.
The narcissism sometimes revealed itself in insulting ways towards the murder victim, herself. His discomfort at 'sharing the spotlight' with her showed itself in subtle ways, from correcting her to minimizing her.
In Statement Analysis, we look for small, subtle ways in which the mind of the subject reveals itself linguistically, by justifying the death. This can range from "well, the baby would not stop crying" (blaming the child for being shaken) to
'Amanda died so the church would live' statement in which Amanda was the "sacrifice" who "gave her life" for the "church."
Blackburn took this one even further: he claimed that he and "God" actually discussed this where God "asks" Blackburn if he would have chosen to give up Amanda for the "church."
This puts the arbitration, even in hindsight, as to whether Amanda lives or dies, with Blackburn, himself. This makes it much more than a "justification" for her death.
Blackburn was open about his ambitions and his own description of what "success" is within his personal subjective dictionary. His ambitious nature was such that he was incapable of masquerading it, even shortly after Amanda's murder. While mankind grieves, he was busy counting numbers, seemingly unaware of how this might appear as crass, commercialism or profiteering. Even the 'sleaziest' of politicians put a thin veil over opportunistic exposure. Blackburn showed a complete lack of self awareness but when publicly commented upon, he quickly retreated to religious argument.
In one short video well before the murder, he was seen berating his followers for their failure to fulfill his self imposted numeric account for new followers. (This was one of the first video examples where, when his emotion increased, he used the pronoun "I" making his statement quite strong as he castigated them). Remember, this was "their failure" to bring people; not 'Davey's failure' to attract the numerical figure.
We take careful note of those who refuse to accept responsibility for their actions, linguistically, by distancing language, including the use of the pronoun "we" when only "I" is appropriate.
Ambition coupled with habitual deception yields danger.
Observed his mentor, Perry Noble, "something" was "not right" about Blackburn, and the remedy, according to Noble, to fix this was a female.
Blackburn showed an obsession with convincing his audience that he had a powerful heterosexual drive. In this, he indicated his wife for failure and his own obsession to the point where he described himself in capable of having conversation at dinner unless he first used his wife to satisfy himself sexually.
This "need to persuade" that his sex drive was heterosexual (he links it continually to his wife) and not same sex attraction (SSA) was further evidenced in his clothing and appearance. Even shifting a reference point from Christianity as seen in most Protestantism, he bearing in the videos showed the need to accent his physical attributes, with the use of, for example, tight fitting clothing. Commenting on the videos, many people said that they were difficult to watch for very long, as he used choreographed body language as an entertainer.
As we examine points one and two, I have included a specific commentary on Christianity due to the 'defense' of Blackburn's behavior and words being ascribed to "faith."
1. No fear of killers. The husband who's wife and pre born child were murdered in a home invasion showed no fear of the killers, for either himself, or even for his son.
2. Focus upon exploitation and profiteering rather than grieving.
This is unnatural and regarding faith, consider that the Bible does not promise, nor teach that the Christian life, on earth, suspends human emotions, which include fears, anxieties, disappointments, grieving, and so on. In Christ, we are given written examples of Christ weeping over Jerusalem, a city that He knew would be destroyed by Rome in just a generation, as well as other such examples.
This "hyper faith" movement is not new and the popular 'emotion' over reason is within the Church and in secular culture.
A home invasion is a traumatic event and this will produce both hormonal reaction and revelation within speech.
A murder is even more traumatic.
A close-relative (spouse/ the "one person") murder increases this;
A child murdered, on top of the other elements, is severe.
To not react to such, but to show not "courage" but apathy, towards the still on-the-loose killers, in a "complete mystery"
of "why were we targeted" will produce profound fear and activity, including protection of his son.
The lack of concern of the perpetrators for himself and his son suggests knowledge that he and his son would not be targeted.
Consider: those who simply believe that Blackburn was set free from his marriage, something he clearly showed hindered him from his goal (numerical success; pragmatism) must consider that one so driven on numerical success would, yes, be relieved of the burden of his wife, whom he complained about openly, but would still be concerned that his own success would be hindered by the gang members coming back for him.
3. Equal or above Divinity, Authority over others, including father in law shows the union between a very troubled deceptive narcissistic personality and religion, which is now met with a showman's talent.
The videos reveal confident strut, choreographed body posture and facial expressions, and a command of the English language.
Not only are pronouns instinctive in the English language (therefore, 100% accuracy rate) but consider the subject, himself, as a talented public speaker.
These points are all covered in the various entries of analysis, in particular, his words that brought these conclusions. Please see individual entries for deeper understanding.
4. Linguistic Indicators of Guilt
These are dealt with in more depth in other articles. I have taken a team of top analysts in the country through the statements, carefully, and the conclusion has been the same:
Linguistic indicators of guilty knowledge of the crime.
What was the first thing he said to the public after finding his wife murdered and the perpetrator (s) at large?
“It’s impossible to communicate all the emotions my heart has been forced to process. My wife was such a beautiful, gracious, loving woman of God. I have not only lost my ministry partner and support, but also my very best friend. There is no way to prepare yourself for circumstances like these. As deeply as I am hurting, I am hopeful and confident that good things will come of this. I rest in the truth of Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose.
“I know that in her death and legacy even more people will come to a saving faith in Christ. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt her desire for me would be to continue what we’ve started here in Indy. I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that He takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph, and that the best truly is yet to come.”“Amanda made it her life’s calling to love and serve everyone she knew. Even more, she has made it her life’s mission to see as many people as possible come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.”
If you go back to the original analysis, you will see that this is very concerning. He does not mention Amanda by name, which is distancing language at a time where the most closeness in language is expected. This shocked analysts, initially, who could not grasp how a man could so quickly 'move on' from this murder and how he could make a statement without her name. That he turned to sloganism so quickly was just the tip of a very ugly ice berg.
He went on a TV circuit and continued to avoid using her name; instead turning it into an advertising campaign for himself. Those of you that understand somewhat of Statement Analysis and repetition cannot help but note his focus:
DB: Oh my gosh, I wish I could tell the world everything about her, I wish I had the time to but, um, I think what I would really want the world to know is that she loved Jesus with her whole heart. And she loved people, and she spent her life pouring her life out to people. She served people, she uh, loved the people that were unloveable, gave hope to people who um, didn’t have hope, didn’t think they had a future, and um, she just absolutely gave everything she had to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Note: "people" as in numbers within the crowd...Recall that mere days after the brutal murder he was able to recall the specific number of "people" who 'attended' his business via the internet.
He went on to pushing for numbers for her "Christian memorial service", which, itself, was shocking as it was not Christian, and it was not a memorial for Amanda, but its focus was "sex" and Davey Blackburn, himself, with bizarre rambling from his mentor, Perry Noble, not discussing the Resurrection of Christ, but "Davey's good looks."
On Television, he was asked 'Who did this?" and "Why?" His answer was not challenging for analysts:
CD: Um, ya know, the ah investigators um, haven’t given me ah, a, ton of details that um, they’ve given me the details that they’ve released to, to the public as well, an, an so we, we’ve been really tryin’ to do over the past week is um, is, is, kinda figure out , we, ya know, how to grieve the loss an, an how to, how to move forward from here an how to work thru all of this , it’s devastating to the family an , and um, ya know the fu, funeral this past Sunday was just an amazing celebration of, of her life an, we just um, we were so grateful for, for friends and family comin’ to show support, and the nation um, there were over 6500 people tuned in across the world um, and, and, what was so great about Amanda is she was so selfless, that she didn’t want here life to be put on display ever, but she wanted Jesus to be put on display. We feel like that’s what happened at the celebration service, that Jesus was lifted up and people’s lives have been changed because of that.
The use of the pronoun "we" is not, by this talented and highly manipulative public speaker, a 'narcissistic slip' nor is it indicative of mental disorder. Even as he equates himself with Divinity, he does so for the purpose of usurping authority over others, for his personal gain. His short speech at his father-in-law's church should be read to be believed.
"We" have to figure out how to grieve; not "I" which is not expected under any circumstances.
"We" did not lose a wife. "We" did not lose a child. The marriage is between him and Amanda; no one else; and they were "one flesh", as one 'person.' There is no more of an "personal" intrusion into this than murder.
Investigators must learn why he, himself, does not have to "figure out" how to grieve. If he was just relieved from a burdensome marriage that hindered his narcissistic goal, why did he show no concern for himself, his son, or even the public at large from the killers?
"For us, we have nothing to hide" is probably the single clearest point in his language that Davey Blackburn not only has something to hide, but will not stand alone, psychologically, due to intense guilt.
What is often missed in this guilty formed statement is the following:
He asserts that "for us" they have nothing to hide. While focusing upon the plural, the comparative phrase should not be missed:
This statement recognizes that he knows of someone else (likely plural, as well) that does have something to hide.
Where did he get this knowledge from?
We have seen repeatedly the issue of sexuality from this habitual liar. We then had the psychologically revealing "meeting with God" where he was both naked and in the shower.
This is akin to sexuality and the need for cleansing.
To dismiss him as mentally ill because he believes God had a talk with him while naked in the shower is to also fall prey to his deception: this statement was purposeful to both his father-in-law, and to the audience, of whom, if the "history making" movement, of which he is front and center, does not come to pass: they would be faulted; not him.
This is the same thing as "for us, we have nothing to hide" whether coming from him or coming from a 2nd grader home from school after seeking to share guilt.
Here, Blackburn affirms that he has knowledge that others have something to hide, even as he, himself does, and what he hides, he cannot bear being alone to be responsible for.
The police should have polygraphed Davey Blackburn regarding knowledge of the crime that took place in which Amanda Blackburn and her pre born child lost their lives.
Blackburn's repeated statements reveal narcissism, strong intellect, deception, manipulation, and to this, analysis of his behavior agrees. The investigatory interview would be a long wrestling match in which the interviewer must have a strong understanding of the Bible, which Blackburn will use to defend himself.
He is a master showman, above average intellect, with habitual patterns of deception, along with a history of success. He is sexually confused and his need to repeatedly affirm his heterosexuality suggests some elements of same sex attraction. Should he ever face scrutiny and the tide turn against him, he would likely seek to capitalize on the political atmosphere regarding sexuality.
Blackburn gives verbal indication that not only he was free from the burden of marriage and pregnancy, but that he had no concern for himself, his son, his home, nor the neighborhood at large, that the criminals would return.
His delay of almost 40 minutes sitting in his driveway is critical. By someone who's life and words are so ordered and neat, this, too, was not by accident nor chance. Listen to the words his best friend said at the "memorial" service. He and Perry Noble, both, expressed doubts and "something" that was wrong with Blackburn. Don't think these things are completely lost upon Amanda Blackburn's family. These are the things that haunt victims' close relatives long after the media blitz has gone away.
|Blackburn chides father-in-law for his dead church|
Everything within his public statements agrees with guilty knowledge of what happened to his wife. That he 'corrected' his statements, later on, due to the shock from the public, only shows his awareness of his settings.
1. When a pregnant woman is murdered, statistics point to the male (husband).
2. The husband is obsessed with success.
3. The husband said his wife and pregnancy hindered his success.
4. The husband was, in a single day, free of both.
5. The husband showed no concern for the brutal criminals on the loose.
6. The husband showed only concern for his business success.
7. The husband's statements show deception and guilt.
As one 30 year veteran of homicide investigations said,
"No one is this lucky."
Davey Blackburn gives indicators of guilty knowledge of the crime committed against his wife and pre born child.
Davey Blackburn has been cleared by investigators and is not considered a suspect, including as an accessory to this crime, by any known law enforcement entity. The opinions here are only those of my own, as all are judicially innocent unless found otherwise in a court of law.
When one speaks publicly, it is presupposed that the audience will choose to believe him, or not to believe him.
I do not believe him. Hiding a poor marriage, hiding same sex attraction, hiding various crimes and misdemeanors, and so on, will not exempt one from the intense fear of the unknown brutal killers on the loose. Blackburn's indifference is well noted.
Statement Analysis analyzes what one says...
and what one does not say. Training is key.
As the facade around his mentor came down, so it may with Blackburn as the "tell tale heart" beats with much strength of youth to resist it, and as his mentor found, being drunk on one's own success, too, will difficult to withstand. Truth has a way of coming out...even if it takes a long time.