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Hailey Dunn, 13 went missing in December of 2010, from her home in Texas. Within a week, we had linguistic indicators of her death as well as indicators of drug use on the part of her mother and her mother's boyfriend. In the first two questions posed to the mother on The Nancy Grace Show, the mother indicated knowledge of Hailey's death, as well as a need for her to establish an alibi. This was not lost on investigators.
Also on national television, Hailey's paternal grandmother said she believed that Hailey's mother's boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, had raped and killed Hailey and that the mother was covering up.
Statement analysis is the study of a subject's perception of reality; it is not a study of the reality, itself.
Here are a few examples that highlight this principle:
Everyone brushes their teeth. Statement Analysis is not dealing with the reality that everyone brushes their teeth. We see that the activity of brushing one's teeth only enters in 10% or less of statements. Since it is an activity that likely approaches 100%, why doesn't everyone include it?
Answer: In an activity that reaches close to 100%, most people do not feel it important enough to add to their statement. Everyone of us must edit what we put in our answer to the question, "What did you do today?"
Few people will say, "I woke up, brushed my teeth, and went to work." In fact, less than 10% will. Of this small minority, we must recognize the principle:
Any unimportant information is doubly important to the analyst. Psychologically, there is a close relation to the inclusion of this activity in a statement, with concealed information of a personal nature, which may end up being domestic violence. It makes sense. A victim of domestic violence feels as if her life is out of control, that is, she is "walking on eggshells" fearful of saying or doing the 'wrong' thing and being attacked for it. For this victim, the few minutes of being in the bathroom with the door locked, feels safe. When she tends to her own personal hygiene, she feels in control, at least for a few minutes. To her, it is important, so much so, that not only does she do it, like everyone else, but she mentions it in her statement. As you look back on your day, it is not so important to you, but when she looks back on her day, she recalls it. Associated with brushing her teeth is a feeling of safety, with the door to the bathroom often locked.
Most people do not think it is important enough to add to an answer. When someone does, the addition of this short activity becomes critical to us.
The same can be said of showering or bathing. It is more common to hear, "I got up, took a shower, got dressed and went to work" in a statement about a full day's activity. What we do not hear is this:
"I woke up, took a shower, dried off with a towel, got dressed and went to work."
The activity of drying off with a towel, when it enters a statement, is of vital importance to the analyst. This has a strong link to post traumatic stress disorder, as well as sexual abuse. To the subject, the covering of a towel is vital. We do not expect to hear it in a statement, as everyone dries off with a towel, but for some, a few only, it is important enough to mention it in a statement. It is critical for therapists to have this training, to recognize these vital important sentences which can drift pass the untrained ear.
"I Love You"
I once flagged the following sentence in a statement being analyzed by a small group:
"and I said, 'I love you' to my daughter and put her to bed" as a very important sentence, indicating that the interviewer needed to explore, through questioning, what was going on between mother and daughter, for it was a strong signal that something was wrong in the relationship.
It led to an embarrassing moment where a woman said, "I disagree that this sentence is important" and this led to my explanation that most all of us say 'I love you' to our children, but that it is rare to find it in statements, therefore, it is important. I said, "It is likely that the mother has a need to portray herself in a very positive manner, indicating trouble."
She said, 'I disagree. I love my daughter, and I would put it in a statement about my day."
There was an awkward silence as two of her co workers looked at each other with knowing glances. Prior to the meeting, they had debated whether or not they were required to make a child protective report against the woman in regards to her abusive handling of her daughter. The relationship between the mother and her young daughter was explosive.
I knew of the troubled relationship too, and it was a very rough moment, as you can imagine. I said, "ok, let's just move on..." and kept going with the statement that we were working on as a joint project.
When someone has the need to include the saying of "I love you" in their written statement, there is usually a need to do so. Since most all of us say "I love you" to our kids, we are not likely to add it in a statement. It is only a need to persuade, or a need to portray a relationship better than it is, that we deal with. This is verbalized reality that we face; not the reality of the quality of the relationship. This is something that skillful therapists are able to recognize: the need to present.
"I'm a Wonderful Mother"
Child protective workers hear this often from abusive mothers. It is not a statement that most mothers make, but it is one that comes from mothers who have been found to have Neglected their children, more than other types of findings (Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse). For whatever reason, it is not something that a mother who is physically abusive often says, but it is common for neglectful mothers to say this phrase, or something similar to it.
This is a good example of how we deal with verbalized reality in analysis, and not with reality. We are not dealing with the reality of whether or not a woman is a "wonderful mother" or not. We are dealing with her need to make the declaration.
"Hailey is an important person", said Billie Dunn, on August 25, 2012.
Not only do we have a deceptive mother calling her deceased daughter a "person", but we have the declaration that Hailey is "important." Astute commentators have already written on how this indicates just how "unimportant" Hailey was to her mother, while alive.
How unimportant was she?
The police affidavit makes it clear. Hailey's mother reported her boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, to the police because he had threatened them harm. When confronted, Adkins boasted that not only did he threaten Billie Dunn and Clint Dunn, her ex, but he had threatened Hailey, as well.
What did Hailey's mother do with the threat?
A month or so later, she had him move into her home.
What came into the life of Hailey, just 13 years of age, when Adkins moved in?
Serial killer literature.
Blood lust killing videos.
Failure to protect? She invited hell into her "important person's" life. When confronted with the release of the police affidavit, she responded by declaring herself to be a "wonderful mother."
Billie Dunn failed to protect Hailey by inviting in this dangerous man. If she has, as claiming yet once again, to be "done" with Adkins, it may be that Dunn will find some redemption in going to police and telling them what she knows about what happened that night, and why she lied for Shawn Adkins.
Sadly, I doubt it, especially after watching the video clip of her saying "we need to get..."
Who is the "we" she is referring to?
"Hope for Hailey" is soft-headed emotionalism at best. When the town manager said the obvious, that 2 plus 2 equals 4, some of the Dunn followers protested loudly that he did not have "proof" that Hailey was deceased.
The failed polygraphs, the child pornography, the animal abuse videos, the drugs...the lying story of a sleepover...the need to lie and deceive...the alibi building of going to work, saying nothing, leaving moments later, and lying about where he went...
Drugs plus child porn plus a missing child and a mother who referenced Hailey in the past tense told investigators all they needed to know about Hailey being deceased. It was not a mystery.
Yet, the case still has questions that need answers:
How did Hailey die?
Where was she dumped?
What role did the mother play?
Why did the mother consistently lie for the boyfriend?
How is it that more than "109,000 deviant images" were found, yet without a single arrest? Adkins claimed up to 10 people had access to his computer and was willing to share guilt and responsibility with his own grandmother.
The man child in the Halloween mask, with his need to scare others, and his penchant for prepubescent children for sex, along with his love of deer gutting and drugs, all combine to tell a story; a story that did not have a happy ever after ending for Hailey.