In "what happened", the need to say "why" is highly sensitive. The innocent do not need to explain why they did anything. They tell us early and often that they did not do it. If confronted with something unexplained, they do not feel the burden to explain anything because they did not do it and will tell us so. Dennis Dechaine killed Sarah Cherry and his supporters continue to lobby for a new trial.
These remarks were taken from Dechaine’s supporters’ website, “Trial and Error.”
I hope to publish Statement Analysis from the trial transcripts. In being interviewed for the documentary, you can wait for Dechaine to tell you that he didn't do it, but you'll out wait the show.
Applying the same principles applied in all cases will show much. Dechaine says a great deal, and complains about a lot, but it is expected that the innocent will say so, early and often and will care little for explanations of anything. His transcripts will indicate the sensitivity in the places that implicate him in the crime. "They got the wrong man" he said.
“Oh my God, it should never have happened. … Why did I do this?”
“I went home and told my wife that I did something bad and she just laughed at me.”
“I told her [my wife] I wouldn’t kill myself; besides that’s the easy way out.”
“Please believe me, something inside must have made me do that. Why would I do this?”
“I didn’t think it actually happened till I saw her face on the news, … then it all came back to me. I remembered it. Why did I kill her? … What punishment could they ever give me that would be equal to what I’ve done.”
“I feel so bad for her. My God, how must her mother and father feel. It was something inside that must have made me do that.”
“How can I live with myself again?”
Dechaine later said, "they know that's not what I said" but did not tell us what he said. Many who commit crimes wonder, aloud, who, inside of them, did this. They speak as if another person was living inside of them while they were watching from a distance. Yet, we listen for the subject, himself, to guide us. Always note a question within a statement as often the subject may be speaking to himself, or may be that he is 'in the past' reliving the event.