Thus began a statement written because of an allegation of theft.
Money had been stolen and all employees submitted statements of what they did the day in question.
"Where do I begin?"
"Begin from the time you woke up until the time you got home."
Quite a number of employees had access to the missing money.
No statements showed guilty knowledge of the missing money, but the above statement did, however, catch my attention. Employee theft can be tricky because employees sometimes show guilt over unrelated matters, including lengthy lunch breaks, using substances on the job, or even other theft.
I informed the business owner that none of the employees' statements showed guilt regarding the missing money and that there must be others who had access to the money during the day.
The owner checked with staff and reported that both a construction crew and cleaning staff also were in and out of the building during the day and could have stolen it, and that there had been visitors that day. This meant an unknown number of subjects could have stolen the money.
Yet, I went back to this:
"I got up, brushed my teeth, got dressed, went to work."
I noted "personal hygiene" in the statement. This is unnecessary as everyone brushes their teeth in the morning, and few (10% or so) feel the necessity of inclusion.
I told the owner, "This employee concerns me. She is concealing information of a personal nature and it may be domestic violence."
The owner looked at me with shock.
"How did you know? How could you have possibly known this? I have been concerned about her for some time and have been trying to quietly help her get free..."
I also told her how she, the employee herself, revealed the information and she is concealing something that is likely related to theft. "Has there been any other theft?"
She informed me that there had been, in deed, a major theft of computer equipment but local police felt confident they would solve it.
I told her that this employee is involved.
It was later learned that she had simply given access to her abusive boyfriend so he and his small gang could accomplish the theft. She had agreed to take a polygraph only if the cash theft was asked about; nothing else.
Personal Hygiene and Domestic Violence
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Consider the psychology of such.
An investigator who simply memorizes this principle will not fully enter in to a statement with understanding. He or she must know the reason why personal hygiene is an indication of domestic violence.
We do not interpret; we listen.
We believe the subject.
She did brush her teeth.
We are not reinterpreting "brushing teeth" into some secret code of "domestic violence."
We are asking why the subject felt the need to include it in her statement.
Consider this: unnecessary information is elevated in importance.
Consider this: the act of brushing her teeth was so important to her that it entered her mind (subsequently her statement) while writing out a statement concerning theft.
Now, enter her verbalized perception of her day:
She brushed her teeth.
For a very few minutes in life, she was in her bathroom, alone, very likely with the door locked, in complete control of her life.
When one is in a domestically violent relationship, she is controlled, not so much by violence, but by the threat of violence. When she chose to stay in the relationship, she 'agreed' to yield control of her own life, including her words and actions, to the threat of a bully.
She lives life "on eggshells" watching every word that she uses and every face expression she reveals.
He controls her, utterly, by the threat of blowing up. In this sense, he is an emotional bully, backed up by the threat of violence.
For a very few minutes in life, she felt safe and in control and those precious minutes mean more to her than it does to 90% of the others in life. Thus, she "brushed her teeth" in the morning.
Understanding the psychology behind the language allows for a profile of the subject to emerge naturally. "Psycho-linguistic profiling" is the revelation of the person by words:
In this case, she was bullied into allowing her boyfriend access to a building and brought herself into criminal behavior by submissive and coercive fear.
The training in Statement Analysis must include an understanding of principle lest memory be engaged without narrative.
This is not how we learn in depth.
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