Monday, November 6, 2017

Analysis: Woman Accused of Theft


In a crowded store, a man yells, "Stop, thief!  She stole my wallet!" pointing to a young woman. The store detective takes the young woman by the arm. 

Subject:  "Let go of me.  Who are you?  I haven't done anything.  How dare you!" 

Store Detective:  "Is this the one, sir?"

Male Victim:  "Yes, she took my wallet."

Subject:  "Let me go, let me go, you're hurting me. Where are you taking me?  Let me go!"

She is taken into the store's executive office. 

Detective:  "This gentleman claims his pocket has been picked. 

Male Victim:  "This girl bumped into me, then I felt for my wallet and it was gone.  I am sure she's got it.  I felt her hand in my pocket."

Subject:  "I didn't take your wallet.  I'm a respectable woman.  I never stole anything in my life.  

Victim:  "You did take it.  You're a pickpocket."  

Supervisor:  "Call for female detective and have her searched."

Subject:  "I won't be searched.  You've no right to search me.  How dare you say I stole your wallet!"

Victim:  I saw you put your hand right..."  (reaches into top right inner coat pocket and discovers wallet)

"It must have slipped down. Excuse me, miss, I'm sorry, I...it's been a terrible mistake"


Subject crying as accuser leaves.  



The writing is fascinating. 

1.  "I didn't take your wallet" is a very strong denial.  If this is followed by, "I'm telling the truth" it is 99% likely to be truthful.  This is why detectives often ask, "Why should I believe you?" knowing that the psychological "wall of truth" removes the burden of persuasion from the honest, truthful subject. 

2.  The Sermon:  "I'm a respectable woman" is unnecessary persuasion which belies the "wall of truth."  This is where we see people who did not do what they have been accused of, but have likely done enough other things to warrant a need for sermonizing about self.  

3.  "I've never stolen anything in my life" is an unnecessary addition to the denial.  It does not mean the denial is not reliable, but it does mean that this subject has a need to not only sermonize, but assert that her innocence goes beyond the context of this accusation.  

"What about me?  I'm a respectable woman.  What about all those people who saw me arrested?  I'll never be able to live it down.  (crying)  Oh, the disgrace of it!  I am going to my lawyer.  I will show you that you cannot falsely accuse innocent people of theft!"

At this point, store security enters to tell supervisor that a male-female team have been scamming stores in this manner.  

In this storyline, the man and woman are working together to game stores out of money.  It is not unlike what we see today with bus accidents or fraudulent claims of falling.  For every fake accident, there is a doctor and lawyer willing to join the deception for pay.  

Exploitation via fraudulent claims, especially in the "victim culture" today, are very successful. 

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The writer hit on truth:  the woman did not take the wallet but her character, in deed, has reason to persuade.  

Notice the accuser's use of passivity in his statement:  "It must have slipped down. Excuse me, miss, I'm sorry, I...it's been a terrible mistake"

Not only is passive voice employed here, but it is that he does not accuse himself of making a mistake.  

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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does your course suffice for someone pursuing a career in statement analysis?

Anonymous said...

Does the fact this is written in present tense mean it is a made-up example as opposed to an actual case?

Anonymous said...

OT
There are reports that there may be a break in the Susan Powell case.

Anonymous said...

Does the fact the accused claimed, "I am a respectable woman!" date itself?

Or, even the term 'pickpocket' sound familiar?



Supervisor: "Call for female detective and have her searched."

Subject: "I won't be searched. You've no right to search me. How dare you say I stole your wallet!"


And, violation of the civil rights of others is an offense that is as rampant as the "victim culture".


tania cadogan said...

Off topic

Editor’s Note: Nancy Grace will be joined by experts and people close to the Susan Powell case Tuesday November 7th at 9:30am ET for a special taping of ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’. Call 909-49-CRIME (909-492-7463) starting at 9:30am ET to join the conversation.

Unencrypting a computer belonging to Susan Powell’s dead husband may be crucial in solving the Utah mother’s disappearance, according to private investigator involved in the cold case.

KSL reported that Rose Winquist, who was hired by the woman’s family, said a contractor is close to cracking into a hard drive once owned by Josh Powell. Powell killed himself—and their two young sons—in a fiery explosion in February 2012 during a supervised custody visit. At the time, a state worker was outside of Powell’s rental home, when he suddenly pulled the boys inside and locked the doors.

An autopsy reported indicated that Powell first attempted to chop his sons, ages 5 and 7, with a hatchet before ultimately deciding to burn the house down. The boys’ both died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Powell also died from carbon monoxide poison after he remained inside the home once he set it on fire.

“No one, especially in 2009, would put that kind of encryption on their computer unless they were trying to hide something,” Winquist told KSTU.

“We have broken through one level of the encryption. That’s hugely significant.”

Susan disappeared from her West Valley City home on December 7, 2009, and is presumed dead. Authorities believe Josh was involved in her disappearance and death but never charged him in connection with the case.

Authorities seized multiple computers and external hard drives during their investigation. Some were retrieved from the couple’s home while others were taken from Josh’s father’s home in Pullyalup, Washington, where he lived following his wife’s disappearance.

West Valley City police have since deemed the case cold but a detective remains assigned to it to receive tips, according to a police spokesperson.

Though modern software broke through the first two layers of encryption, Winquist said that cloud computing owned by Amazon could help them break through the final layers and provide the family with closure.

The private investigator said that they’ve reached out to Amazon, as well as Apple, to obtain assistance or funding.

“We’d like to find some information that maybe implicates someone, shows some involvement by someone,” she told the local station.

“Particularly what we’d really like to find on that hard drive is any information that leads us to a body.”

http://www.crimeonline.com/2017/11/06/cracking-into-dead-husbands-computer-will-lead-to-breakthrough-in-case-of-missing-mom-susan-powell-investigator/

ima.grandma said...
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ima.grandma said...


CL=change of language detail noted:

In a crowded store, a man yells, 
"Stop, thief!  (title #1) She (title #2) stole my wallet!" pointing to a young woman (title #3) The store detective takes the young woman by the arm. 

Subject:  "Let go of me. Who are you?  I haven't done anything.  How dare you!" 

Store Detective:  "Is this the one (title #4) sir?"
why does man receive respectful title of address?

Male Victim CL from sir to victim:  "Yes, she (back to accusatory title #3)took my wallet."

Subject (title #5):  "Let me go, let me go, you're hurting me. Where are you taking me?  Let me go!"

She (title#3) is taken into the store's executive office. 

Detective:  "This gentleman (again with the CL title of automatic respect? Why?) claims his pocket has been picked. 

Male Victim (CL:from gentleman to victim)  "This girl (downgraded to title #6) bumped into me, then I felt for my wallet and it was gone.  I am sure she's got it.  I felt her hand in my pocket."

Subject:  "I didn't take your wallet.  I'm a respectable woman (my first suspicion of tag-team) I never stole anything in my life.   

Victim:  "You did take it.  You're a pickpocket" (title #7)

Supervisor:  "Call for female detective and have her searched."

Subject:  "I won't be searched.  You've no right to search me.  How dare you say I stole your wallet!"

Victim:  I saw you put your hand right..."  (reaches into TOP right INNER coat pocket and discovers wallet)

"It must have slipped down. Excuse me, miss (title#8) I'm sorry, I...it's been a terrible mistake"


This writer's narrative illuminates the need to recognize propaganda  for accurate critical analysis.

ima.grandma said...

OT

"When we are asked to swear in American courts of law — that we will tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” — we are being asked the impossible. It is simply beyond our powers. Our memories are fallible; even scientific truth is merely an approximation; and we are ignorant about nearly all of the Universe…"

     ~ Carl Sagan

TimA said...

Mae Clarke in Parole Girl, 1933. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ5d-8-dKEY

Anonymous said...

OT:

Twitter response by actor accused of rape:

“I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.”

Story here: https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/gossip-girls-ed-westwick-denies-claim-he-raped-kristina-cohen/

ima.grandma said...

I CERTAINLY (adverbial conjunction to add emphasis to this assertion) have never committed rape.

IN ANY MANNER: has a similar function as above I think? Help me out someone, I'm a bit confused on assertions vs negations. Does the word 'never' define the conjunction's function?

thanks anonymous...

Anonymous said...

"Certainly" is an adverb; it's not a conjunction.

Natasha said...

Please cover Ed Westwick. Kristina Cohen gave a lengthy social media telling of her alleged rape to which he briefly replied on Twitter. Everyone is saying he denied it (everyone being media headlines) but he did not. He did no such thing. He said he didn’t know her.

Here:, “I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape."

ima.grandma said...

Anon @9:43 ~ thank you for the correction. Back to my studies i will go. Yesterday, I was attempting to review grammar with my younger granddaughter. My neurologist told her that she could help her grandma learn to refire my brain as part of my stroke recovery. we study together. I quickly discovered I am NOT smarter than a 5th grader.

I thank you again for the learning opportunity.

tania cadogan said...

Off topic

ASTONISHING CCTV footage shows “abducted” mother Sherri Papini running freely around a car park – hours before she was found “bound with restraints”.

The mum-of-two, 34, is filmed at a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Yolo County, California, at 4am on November 24 last year.

The footage was released by The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, who last month said they found numerous inconsistencies in Papini’s story.

Hours after the bombshell clip was filmed, Papini, who had been missing for 22 days, was found battered and "bound with chains" on the side of a road by a passing motorist.

The “supermom” vanished on November 2, 2016 while jogging near her home in Redding, California - about 150 miles north of where she was found.

She claims she had been abducted at gunpoint by two Hispanic females who tied her up and beat her before dumping her on the side of the highway three weeks later.

After Papini claimed her kidnappers covered their faces so she could not identify them, police have since revealed they found DNA on her clothing belonging to a man.

In their first public briefing in more than 11 months, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office revealed revealed that in the lead up to her disappearance, Sherri exchanged text messages with a man in Michigan.

Sergeant Brian Jackson told reporters that Sherri and the male acquaintance texted each other plans to meet when he was in California on business.

Detectives flew to Michigan to interview him and ruled out his involvement in the case, Jackson said.

Sherri and her family have been in hiding since the incident.

Previously a theory emerged that child sex traffickers mistook Sherri for a child when they abducted her.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4867356/sherri-papini-abduction-kidnap-cctv-car-park/


Oops.
Will she come up with an explanation for this or will she hire a lawyer or will she say nothing and remain in hiding?

If this is true and she did fake it, she could face some serious charges.

Peter Hyatt said...

TimA said...
Mae Clarke in Parole Girl, 1933. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ5d-8-dKEY
November 7, 2017 at 3:48 AM


Have I found but one fan of pre code Hollywood?

Tim, did you like the movie?

Peter

Peter Hyatt said...

Investigators have long doubted Sherri but we do not have statements by her for analysis.

It has frustrated media who have asked for comments, but without actual statements, I can't. My expertise is limited. There's plenty of others willing to opine.

Peter

Peter Hyatt said...

Anonymous said...
Does the fact the accused claimed, "I am a respectable woman!" date itself?

Or, even the term 'pickpocket' sound familiar?



Supervisor: "Call for female detective and have her searched."

Subject: "I won't be searched. You've no right to search me. How dare you say I stole your wallet!"


And, violation of the civil rights of others is an offense that is as rampant as the "victim culture".



No.

However, it could be the fault of the writers, which I addressed early on. Writers have to enter into a lie to write about a lie. I took the dialog as it was in the movie, as an example.

Some writers do very well in reporting deception while others do not. When a movie uses a reliable denial and the subject ended up "doing it", the audience is often left with a poor impression of the movie, without necessarily understanding why the move was "just okay" rather than "really good!"

Much is instinctive.



Peter

Hey Jude said...

I watched the movie twice last evening - I was not convinced she deserved the happy ending, or that Mr Smith would not have always to watch his back - but they do say love is blind. Anyone who, in adulthood, claims they have 'never stolen anything' in their life is lying. True though, she did not pickpocket her friend.

Habundia said...

It is still a question to why this story would have been fabricated. What would have been the motive to come up with a abduction story that has not happened. And how come police think making a scetch months after the attack would even come close to a real profile of the assumed kidnappers? While it is known for a fact that eye witnesses are often unreliable........there are some vids online of tests done with witnesses of a crime who than have to describe the attacked......most of the people who participated in the test failed miserably and could not give a good description of the attacked.....some even were totally off...by saying for example the attacked had blond hair while he had brown hair or said he wore blue pants while wearing green pants....things like that. Still they think it's okay to make a scetch 6 months after the attack? To me it seems weird to do so? Or is it just me?