UPDATE: Now CHARGED WITH FELONY
Original charges dropped for new, upgraded charges including false police report.
The analysis is from June 2016
Calum McSwiggan claimed to be targeted for a "hate crime" southern Hollywood.
Here is his statement, his statement analyzed, and the findings of the investigation.
I. On instagram and face book, McSwiggan wrote:
“Last night was the worst night of my life and I’m really struggling to find the words to talk about it. After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon we went out to a gay club to celebrate, and towards the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys.
“I’ve never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye"
II. The Analysis
It is so that our statements reveal us:
“Last night was the worst night of my life and I’m really struggling to find the words to talk about it.
Note the struggle is qualified with "really" as he posts it for the entire public to read.
After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon
where someone chooses to begin a statement is always important. For him, it began with "really" struggling to find words, but this principle is also important to note where one begins the statement of an assault.
An assault is very 'unclose and personal' and the language will reveal this. It is an invasion of personal space, and it is responded by extreme elevated hormones, impacting the victim and the victim's recall, later on.
Here we note that he begins first with the struggle for words, which he qualified, but then he moved to the element of "time" in his statement.
One of the most wonderful weekends...
This is to address not only how "wonderful" this particular weekend was, but to do so in comparison to other wonderful weekends, of which this is only "one" of such.
This is not something expected from a victim of a physical assault.
we went out to a gay club to celebrate,
Here the victim of an assault immediately moves from beginning his statement without the pronoun "I", ("last night") to the pronoun "I" used to describe a qualified verbal struggle, to "we" telling us:
a. he was not alone
b. what kind of club he went to
c. why 'we' went to a club
This is a lot of information given to us before the assault and shows the priority of what was on his mind as he typed the statement.
Consider experiential knowledge in recall will be accompanied by the hormonal increase that imprinted the event upon the brain. We look for, and expect, evidence of such.
and towards the end of the evening
Instead of telling us of the assault, the lengthening of time is given, further delaying the "main event" of an assault.
I was separated from my friends
Passive voice used: "I was separated" avoids telling us the responsibility for how this separation took place and should, by itself, continue to cause the analyst pause as to the veracity of the statement.
and beaten up by three guys.
Note that he gave a lengthy delay, not only in the number of words or characters (letters) used, but in the quality of time passing. He wants us to know, before he was assaulted:
1. It was the worst night of his life
2. He really struggles to find the words
3. He had a wonderful weekend
4. He has had a number of wonderful weekends
5. He considers social media his way of "talking" about it
6. He wants us to know where he went
7. He wants us to know why he went there
8. He tells us that he is thinking about what he did during this evening (another psychological delay)
9. He wants us to know he was with others
10. Then he wants us to know that he was not with others, but conceals how this separation took place
Finally, using passivity, "was beaten up by three guys."
By its form, the analyst should see it as "unreliable."
By its form and language, the analyst should see it as deceptive.
Then we have his 2nd reference to emotions; the first being the struggle to really find the words to talk, and now here, the words that follow being "beaten up" are his emotion. This is the final clue that indicates deception: the artificial placement of emotion:
I’ve never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye"