|What guilt looks like in language...|
" I grabbed my gun on the table. Didn't mean to. Next thing I know there is a loud bang and she's laying on the ground. "
Here is the same statement with emphasis added.
" I grabbed my gun on the table.
Here, the subject begins with the pronoun "I", which means he is, psychologically, putting himself into the sentence. The statistical leaning is towards reliable. Reliable is something we view, not overall, but sentence by sentence. In fact, we can have a reliable statement, yet the subject "still did it", as the deception is from missing information.
With the pronoun and past tense verb, along with no additional language, this is a very strong sentence, making it reliable or "likely to be truthful."
If it later is determined that this is a lie, we are now looking at a very rare (less than 10%) direct liar, or one who fabricates reality. The 'true liar' is the most dangerous of all; one who has progressed in deception from pathological consistent lying.
This would be a subject who could pass a polygraph if the examiner is not careful to restrict language to only the subject's own language.
We work on percentages, however, and proceed with the 90% trail: consider the sentence reliable and follow this trail to see if it works out.
Didn't mean to.
Now enters the missing pronoun. The subject grabbed his gun (being present) but now as he addresses intention, he removes himself from the sentence. Psychologically, he is missing from denial of intention. Technically, "who" did not mean to? The subject does not say.
Next thing I know
This is a 'linguistic indicator' that the subject is jumping over time, in his mind, (deliberate) which, as an expression, is flagged for follow up questions. Any place a subject skips over time, we consider relevancy, the reason for skipping, and if relevant, questions will be targeted in this specific area because the subject, himself, has signaled an unwillingness to tell us what happened in this period of time.
there is a loud bang
Here we have two critical points:
a. Passive voice
b. Verb tense change
Passivity seeks to conceal identity and/or responsibility. Beginning with the grabbed gun, this sentence is, contextually, likely true, yet there is something within the subject that wants to conceal the identity of the shooter, pushing away responsibility for having pulled the trigger.
Loud bangs do not just happen. Guns do not fire themselves. The use of passivity is consistent with the dropped pronoun of 'reduced commitment' and a psychological removal of self from the sentence.
The present tense:
a. continued psychological distancing from the action consistent with deception
b. possible reliving of the event
Think of the speed of transmission from the brain to the tongue as less than a millisecond of time. Something within the brain triggered him to drop his pronoun, use passivity and use present tense verb coming from a subject who began with the pronoun "I" and past tense verb.
and she's laying on the ground. "
"and" connects words, and the present tense language continues from the passivity.
As we begin with the strong likelihood of reliability from the first sentence, we see the deviation is immediate and it is concerning areas of guilt.
Taken in conclusion, we are able to conclude "deception indicated" and that the subject is the killer of his wife.