Cedric Anderson had a history of domestic violence and drug abuse. It is often very difficult to convince a woman that a man's history of domestic violence is the single best predictor of violence, even when the language highlights it. Masculinity sacrifices strength; domestic violence deliberately exploits weakness, whether it be through violence or the unspoken but incessant threat of violence. We look for specific indicators within language and with domestic homicides, for example, patterns emerge.
Courts and child protective services will use coercion with a woman who has children that are exposed to known violence, including the possibility for losing custody. The impact of violence, even witnessed, by children, remains largely unknown. What is known, however, is devastating.
In screening for violence, we look for both self-restraint and human empathy in competition. Training for both begins in early childhood, while the lack of both is to increase risk to the vulnerable. Statement Analysis is used for specific screening of law enforcement potential hiring, as well as in business.
That the San Bernandino man shot children before committing suicide also gives us insight into his mindset. The lack of empathy is striking as the children shot posed no risk to the subject.
Media has focused in, interestingly enough, on his Facebook posts.
The themes found in his posts and video indicate a principle in Statement Analysis that is used in both deception detection as well as in profiling for the purpose of identifying anonymous authors.
We look for hyperbolic or dramatic language which can suggests the need for persuasion, rather than truth itself.
"I'm a great mother!"
It is similar to others, such as the "Great Mother" principle highlighted in the murder of Hailey Dunn. This is where mothers who claim greatness are often associated with child protective services regarding abuse and/or neglect. We find this consistently within intake statements at methadone clinics where babies have been born withdrawing from drug abuse, with bodies twitching in pain.
"I Love You!"
In a statement where a parent, for example, writes,
"I put my baby to bed, told her, "I love you" and then I..." we often find what provoked the quote, "I love you" is something amiss, such as poor bonding, or even child abuse.
We all tell our children that we love them, but it is in the necessity of making a public declaration that we find a pattern. Those who have been accused of child abuse or neglect, may find it "needful" to add this into a statement, including a statement written to police investigating a domestic crime.
In identifying anonymous authors, we consider "the opposite effect" where one uses masking to attempt to conceal identity. For example, in a recent anonymous author identification, the author attempted to use "black urban speak" which revealed not only his race, but helped date him.
Scott Peterson told media that his marriage was "glorious" to Stacey, after he had both killed her and was involved in an affair with another woman.
We have seen hyperbolic or dramatic language to often indicate the opposite.
Those whose marriage are in trouble will sometimes signal this by telling us, often repeatedly, how great their marriages are. This is why we highlight both dramatic language, along with sensitivity of repetition.
This does not mean that someone that posts on Facebook that they are happily married means they are headed for divorce. However, when you see a pattern of repetition or are under a barrage of someone trying to convince you of just how happy they are, consider the existence of the need to persuade rather than report truthfully. We sometimes highlight that the subject has an acute need to persuade himself or herself of such. It is very sad.
When the Hailey Dunn case first broke, I was sent a transcript from Facebook in which a husband and wife had posted that my analysis was hurting the feelings of the mother, her boyfriend, but especially, the ability to find Hailey, whom, they said, was kidnapped.
They wrote from different locations (him quoting that he was home and she was at work) and while posting about me (not the analysis), they frequently told each other how much they loved the other, and how wonderful the other was, publicly, in the midst of writing about a murdered child. In analyzing the transcripts, I noted the need to ridicule was secondary to the need to show the public how "wonderful" their marriage was. "I love you, Babe!" for all to see, met with, "You're the greatest lover, Babe!" (signaling something to the contrary there).
Divorce followed a few months later.
Cedric Anderson had a history of domestic violence and drug charges before his marriage to Karen Smith, 53, a teacher at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino. He had written how "wonderful" his marriage was addressing not his wife, but the public. This "need to persuade" is vital in understanding.