Friday, January 23, 2015

911 Call from Teen Killer Analyzed

                                           From "Killer Kids" television program.

This is the beginning of the 911 call.  What I am most interested in is the answer to the question, "What is your emergency?"

911:  What's your emergency?

Caller:  "Hello

um, someone was in my house 
and there's like my my dads on the floor and he's bleeding. 

911:   Did you see anyone leaving?

Diaz:    No

In this short statement, we have information for analysis.  How many sensitivity indicators are found here, just within the words?

1.  The call is regarding a domestic homicide.  Statements, including 911 calls, are analyzed the same way:  The Expected versus the Unexpected.  
It is not expected that a call of this nature would begin with a greeting.  The word "hello" therefore, is not expected.  

A greeting in a 911 call may be the brain's attempt to 'make peace' or 'be interpreted as the good guy' with police. (911 = police).  It is the need to sound friendly, or on the same terms with law enforcement, itself, which is not expected and is flagged for sensitivity.  

By itself, it is not not enough make any conclusion, but it is important to 'red flag' the greeting.  

2.  "Umm" is a pause, indicating a need to think.  This reduces the notion of "excited utterance" or even urgent instinctive speaking.  

3.  "Someone" is gender neutral.  How does she know?  Was it not a man?  Was it not a "stranger" or "intruder"?

Indeed, "someone" was in her house. In the middle of the night, this teenaged caller let her boyfriend in to murder her family.  

4.  "my" house is not "our" house in a family setting. With her family being murdered, it is, now "my" house. Although not a strong point, it cannot be overlooked given who the caller is in the family, and to whom the call is addressed.  

5.  "there's like" is, in spite of being 'teen talk', a reduced commitment.  Her father is a bloody mess (lying dead) and she used "like" 

6.  "my my" stutters on ownership of her "dad", which, if she is not a stutterer, is an increase in anxiety and tension for her. 

7.  'he's bleeding' comes at the end of her information.  Priority is always important.  

There are enough signals of sensitivity in this short sample to indicate that the caller may have guilty knowledge of the crime. 

As was the case, she and her boyfriend were found guilty of the murder of her family.  Her adoptive mother only survived because her father fought her boyfriend long enough for the mother to escape.  


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trustmeigetit said...

I got most of them. Keep doing these tests! I love this.

OT just read.....
“FBI statistics show that somewhere between 35%-40% of homicides in the US go unsolved”

This is why SA needs to become a practice in interrogations. I wonder what this would look like then. I know it would never be 0% but this is almost half.

John Mc Gowan said...
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John Mc Gowan said...

trustmeigetit said...

Keep doing these tests! I love this.

Me too :)


Tammy Moorer 'looking forward' to murder trial, her attorney says

Anon said...

Thanks for the update John.

The Heather Elvis, the one case that defies the rules of statement analysis.
I will be interested in following the trial.