Thursday, December 1, 2016

Katelyn Markham Interview: Part 3

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Truth matters said...

Dear Mr Hyatt,

I'm very new to Statement Analysis.

I notice in your Katelyn Markham case interviews you mention how the 911 caller, John, barely mentions her (Katelyn) by name. Do you take into account how different people seem to easily and naturally use other people's names in everyday conversation while others find it uncomfortable, even a little forced?

To give more weight to your analysis, wouldn't you compare John's 'everyday speech' in relation to using people's names to his 911 call if you had the data available?

Statement Analysis Blog said...


this is a good question.

The 911 call is unique. It is considered "excited utterance"; (similar to what you hear in court expression) and it is compared to many other 911 calls where the victims' names are used.

In other statements, like his interview, we look for patterns. We also consider the context. In fact, you can ask yourself (and others around you) how you might speak on an emergency call to police. You must concentrate as a missing person call is critical.

Then, look at other 911 calls here on the blog. You will see a difference between innocent callers and guilty callers. One in particular is quite helpful...

There is an example of this here on the blog. Chief William McCollum's 911 call. Enter his name on "search."

You can learn a great deal from it. From there, find as many 911 calls on line as time permits and listen to when and how the caller identifies the person in need.


Truth matters said...

Many thanks for your advice, I'll look into it.

I would also be curious to know if differences in how English is spoken across the world (US, Britain, Australia, etc) has any implications for this sort of analysis. I would imagine very little, from how "ingrained" the subtleties in language you look for are.