Do you remember the pizza owner, Rick Jones attacked for being homosexual, knocked unconscious and made to drink bleach?
His response to the attackers was so polite, that I urged investigators on this alone (I had no statement) to re-interview him as his language did not match such a vicious hateful attack. They did, and the got a confession. The "hate crime" had already raised $23,000 and stirred up lots of support for him. In fact, the police quotes showed more emotional language than did Jones, who even went as far as concuss himself.
Recall the NY family told to move out of their neighborhood:
"Attention: African Americans"
This was soft language and not the language of racists who would have used much harsher language. I wrote that this was the most polite racist I had ever imagined.
The home owner wrote it herself.
"The 3 gentlemen that did this..."
"Gentlemen" is not a word that we should hear when describing assailants.
Deceptive people do use soft language in fake hate crimes. You have several examples of this in the past year.
When it comes to violence, however, it becomes even more noticeable.
It was just a sentence or two that showed pizza guy was not assaulted, nor made to drink bleach.
The anger that victims of violence, including those who witness violence (if they feared for their lives, or the lives others--something that signaled increase in hormonal response) causes them to choose words that could condemn them later. In anger, people use racial slang, and other "my filter is off" language and it is actually expected in truthful statements.
Victims do not like perpetrators.
Generally, people will connect themselves to the event, as experienced, while deceptive people do not have an experiential memory bank to draw from. Trauma, even secondary, will show itself in language, consistently, though sexual abuse victims from childhood being the possible exception (which is why separate training is used).
Ever hear parents of a missing child praise law enforcement for failing to find their child, early in the investigation?
Ever hear a suspect attempt to align himself with law enforcement describing his cooperation? When someone goes missing, it is an insult to even ask if a loved one is cooperating, and technically, it is "unnecessary" information, making it very important to us.
We ask suspects, "How would you conduct this investigation?" for good reason as we listen, not simply for 'sensory description' within language, but an actual connection (often fueled with emotion, which could include overt detachment).
There is no substitute for formal training, and the requisite post study, application and practice needed for authentic lie detection.
But what of the opposite? What might this suggest to you, as you consider "fake hate" or "fake crime" reports?
When soft or passive language is used, it is often an indication that the deceptive person is more concerned with his or her own image than the crime.