Thursday, November 30, 2017

Analyst Lorenzo Miles

Lorenzo Miles is a talented analyst.  He is also an inspiration to other analysts, as he enrolls in every training possible, tackles each one with demanding enthusiasm, and seeks excellence in service to the public.  He embodies "protection and service" in seeking justice.  

When the language leads him, he will fight for justice for the innocent, the falsely accused, and for victims who may not be believed.  

When presented with a new statement he is "a kid at Christmas" and in spite of his almost 30 years of experience and his vast wealth of knowledge, his humility is such that he embraces correction as if it is a gift.  

Upon retirement, I anticipate Lorenzo having an entire second career in Statement Analysis.  Should he be permitted to devote full time to this work, there is no ceiling of success. 

December 1, Lorenzo will be undergoing surgery to remove a tumor from his pancreas.  

Would you pray that God will be merciful to him, his family and to the society he serves, and grant success?

Lorenzo is worthy of our prayers. 

Here is a short profile of Lorenzo to give you insight into his character.  

He posted this photo of his night stick collection.

What did he write about it?  His own words reveal his character: 

Lorenzo Miles In over 28 years of service I have not use night sticks or batons to effect an arrest, thank God.

Hence, a public servant who does not need to coerce citizens to respect him; he respects himself.  He offers public thanks to his God for having being able to handle difficult and dangerous situations without the powerful force of a baton. 

Law Enforcement deals with elevated hormonal response every day of their lives and it can take a powerful toll on the immune system just as it can on the mind and heart.  It is similar to the impact of found in post trauma, except it is low level and it is incessant.  The trauma's rise in hormonal levels does more damage than we can currently quantify.  When natural strength declines, those subject to 30 years of "high alert" can suddenly encounter depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self medicating with substances and so on.  

What this country recently gave them was to make their own sacrifice far worse.  

We saw eight straight years of war on police, which was a war against youth, as youth were taught how to hold authority in contempt. This sets up youth for failure as disrespect spreads across boundaries, from parents to teachers to employers to police.  We saw the war on police ignore statistics and malign truth, instead embracing deception that fit political narrative.  Politicians cleverly exploited voters, while demonizing those who they count upon to protect them. We saw a country where citizens were no longer "American" but were divided into small tribal distinctions, particularly on race. 

Politicians won, but we lost.  

Men and women in law enforcement are exposed to harm daily, are under paid, and now targeted by those who lack the discernment of knowing truth from deception.  

Blue Lives Matter. 

This is never so evident as when a racist exploiter is in danger and after spending energy condemning law enforcement, picks up the phone and calls for help...

 from law enforcement.  When police arrive, the exploiter does not care about the pigmentation of skin; only about his safety.  

Blues Lives Matter. 

Lorenzo's life matters. 

Please pray for a successful surgery and a quick recovery.  

Perhaps Lorenzo can be persuaded to write a guest post from one of his cases.  

I have one in which his profile matched, to the word, the findings of a psychologist.  Lorenzo worked solely from the victim's statement, while the psychologist had done extensive interviewing and testing. 

His learning is immense.  

Pray for Lorenzo

Missing Mariah: Is Mother Cooperating?

On Wednesday, the sheriff, who was asked by the media if the family was cooperating.  

This is a "yes or no" question.  Once the answer avoids using "yes" or "no" in it, the question, itself, is considered sensitive to the subject.  Here, the subject is the local sheriff. 

That media asked this question tells us of their doubt.  

He said, "Let me put it to you this way: we talked to them and they talked to us."

This is to separate the law enforcement investigators ("we") from the family by deliberately severing interaction.  The use of the preposition "to" here is not something the Sheriff paused to consider using; it is an instinctive display of his perception of the cooperation by the family. 

The mother's language, thus far, has shown red flags for homes of child abuse and neglect.  In court entanglements, it is not always best for insight to see which side "won."  Sometimes it is the "lesser of two evils", and other times it is where one fails to prove a case.  

The language commonly heard in mothers where abuse and neglect is indicated  includes

a.  Focus on Self 

In the short statements by the mother, she shows a steadfast focus on what she is experiencing.  This ego centric view is often flagged by delivery room nurses when a child is born.  They note, instinctively, "virtue signaling", or mothers boasting, as well as placing themselves in a verbal theater of sorts where she is front, center, and the only star.  Generally, mothers are frightened, exhausted and verbally focused upon the child, especially in the immediate aftermath of birth. 

This mother went as far as posting on facebook her lack of sleep.  

The mother does not show concern for what Mariah would be, at present, going through.  This may suggest that mother knows the child is deceased, similar to the slipping into past tense language.  The reason I do not make this a conclusion is that neglectful mothers may mimic this language.  If it is combined with the past tense verb slip, the child is dead. 

Billie Jean Dunn on national television  talked about having a "tooth ache" while her 13 year old was "missing."  We knew it as a drug reference but it also showed her priority.  

Recall when the McCanns claimed their child was kidnapped.  There was a distinct void of language of concern by the parents, with my focus upon Kate McCann's language.  The lack of concern about what Maddie was going through, who was feeding her, how were they talking to her, did she have her special toy, and so on, indicates that a normally caring mother does not need to concern herself with what the child is experiencing.  Indeed, Madeline died and was not kidnapped.  How do I know this?  Because I followed and trusted the parents' language to guide me.   I began with the presupposition that she was kidnapped and sought to hold this position but the parents talked me out of it.  

b.  Distance

I have not seen the mother use Mariah's name consistently in statements.  She did, at one point, reference the name in distancing language, "she goes by Mariah."

This is a three year old child. 
This is a three year old missing child. 

She does not go by "an alias" at age three.  She does not "choose" or makes 
"preference" to the public on what to call her. 

This is not only a signal of distancing language, but a strong signal of child neglect.  The mother assigns an adult (and impersonal) status to the child.  The other children in the home are in jeopardy.  This is a mother who sees children as older than they are, which would alleviate her own responsibilities in caring for them.  These types of neglectful mothers (and fathers) will often boast how a 3 year old can make their own breakfast, including doing things, such as running an electric appliance, at an age where tiny fingers are in risk.  

The neglect parents boast of the "maturity" of the children, which allows them to not only sear the conscience, but lay in bed longer.  The hours that the child was up likely surprises no professional.  

By saying she "goes by", she verbally separates the child (de-personalization) from the name.  

This is not the instinct of a protective or normal mother. 

The psychological distancing of not using her name is to depersonalize and it is not associated with death where no guilt exists.  Mothers who have lost children to death will use the child's name, pulling psychologically close to the child.  

3.  Distinction 


We find terms associated with the afterlife to be, in deed, associated with the afterlife.  This status of "angel" bestowed upon a missing child, is another possible indictor that the mother knows she is not alive but "in heaven."

We also saw that the mother, speaking freely, said she would not let "her" go "again."

This indicatates the mother thinking about the time prior where she did let her go.    The mother did not stop, mid sentence, and ask herself, "Should I use this word, "again", here?"  

It is processed in the brain in less than a micro second of time.  She is thinking of a time when she "let her go" while her child is missing. 

Was there an altercation between mother and boyfriend in which mother had Mariah as a human shield?

Did mother "let go" Mariah to be exploited?

Did she drop her?  Fall on her?

Like Billie Jean Dunn, were they trying not to have a party?

With substance abuse, child injuries increase.  Recall the leg injuries, and eventual broken arm of Baby Ayla in which Justin DiPietro delayed 24 hours seeking medical attention.  

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Missing Mariah: Mother's Language

When a child goes missing, it is a direct assault against the powerful instincts of protection that a mother has.  

We like to hear the mother of a missing child use her child's name.  This is due to the psychological protective capacities that indicates genuine closeness of the mother-child bond.  The lack of use of the child's name, while missing, is concerning.  It is to distance oneself from the victim; something we do not expect to hear a mother do.  Deborah Bradley, mother of Baby Lisa, struggled to use her child's name.  Guilt is a powerful motivator of distancing from a victim. 

"Notice" in analysis. 

Kristy Woods told authorities that she woke up Monday morning November 27, 2017 “and noticed her daughter was missing from her bedroom. She says the last time she saw her daughter was around 11:00 p.m. Sunday when she went to check on her.” 

This is a quote from a news source; not from the mother. 

Did the mother say she "woke up and noticed...?"

The word "noticed" is often used in open statements signaling that one was "looking for" or had an expectation.  We find it in deceptive statements where a person wishes to express surprise, rather than experiencing surprise. 

"I noticed there was a black gun on the table..." is a statement which is analyzed for an actual connection to the gun, with "noticed" a signal of expectation of seeing it there, and the color a signal of having personally handled it.  The need to convince the reader/listener that this was happenstance suggests that this was not a chance "noticing" of the gun.   

I do not know if this is what the mother said or if it is how the media editorialized it. If it is what the mother said, it is concerning. 

How do we expect to hear a statement?  Given the child's young age: 

"At 6, I went to check on Mariah but she was not there, so I..."

We do not expect the word "notice" regarding a child of this age.  "Notice" is happenstance or unintentional.  We don't "notice" our toddlers, unless we are:

a.  doing something else
b.  have a need to persuade the reader/listener that it was by chance rather than by deliberate looking. 

We don't "notice" a child that we are checking on.  We "notice" peripheral things.  

"Angel". This is a term we sometimes hear in cases where the child is deceased:  the child is elevated to "angelic" or Deity-like status.  

We like to hear the mother address the child by name.  The lack of use of her name can be psychological distancing at a moment (missing) when the mother's instincts should be pulling them close in.  Here she does not use the name, but only references the name in concerning distance language. 

“If anybody knows where she is at or any information, just please call the sheriff’s department or notify anybody. She could be anywhere. She is very sweet loving girl. Long brown hair, blue eyes. Goes by Mariah. She has walking difficulties, so please, if anybody sees her. She is 3-years-old, please notify them."

"goes by" is distancing language. 

I’ll do anything that I can, whatever you want. Just bring her home please safe and sound. She’s my baby. She’s my everything."

The distancing language is also found in homes of abuse/neglect. 

She wrote on Facebook:

“I am sitting here can’t sleep just thinking of m my babygirl, mommy loves you praying your safe and i will see you and your beatuiful smile. Plz everyone pray thank you for everyone who has helped today it shared her pics.” '

Guys plz look for my baby and pray she is safe,”

Mother said she would never let her go "again":

Question:  Did mother "let her go" and now wants a re-set or second chance?

The distancing language is consistent with households under investigation for child abuse and neglect.  The hours mentioned in the timeline are also concerning.  

Concern for Victim 

We want to hear the mother say she is concerned about what Mariah is currently experiencing; not that mother cannot sleep or that it is "my" baby.  We want to hear words that show concern about Mariah's leg, her food, her blankie, who is caring for her, etc. 

The protective instinct is powerful, and unfulfilled, will bring frustration.  

Mother shows care of her self, focuses upon self, but not about the victim.  

Does Mariah have her favorite bedtime toy?
Does Mariah have her braces?
Does Mariah have her medicine?
Does Mariah know who has her?
Is she crying, upset, afraid?

These are things we expect a mother of a missing child to focus upon:  what the victim is experiencing.  

The comment about having her tubes tied after Mariah was born is also alarming.  I would like to have the full transcript for analysis. 

The biological father's questioning of how someone could get in and out of the home without being heard are legitimate.  Guilty knowledge of a crime will also show in the need to distance oneself from the victim at a time when closeness is instinctively evident. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

North Carolina: Missing 3 Year Old


3 year old Mariah Kay Woods has been missing since Sunday night when her mother put her to bed. Woods lives with her mother and her mother’s live-in boyfriend in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Her mother's statement including referring to her as an "angel" and that the public "loved her to death."  These are words we do not like to hear when a small child is missing. 

"If anybody knows where she is at or any information, just please call the sheriff's department or notify anybody.  

"She could be anywhere. She is very sweet loving girl. Long brown hair, blue eyes. Goes by Mariah. She has walking difficulties, so please, if anybody sees her. She is 3 years old. Please notify them,”

“I love her and I’ll never let her go again,” she said. “I just want to hold her tight and see her smile."

It is not known if this next statement is in response to a direct question that included the words "last memory":  

“My last memory of her was feeding her and putting her to bed. “I told her I loved her and she loved me. 

In some domestic homicides, "I love you" pointed to the time of death.  These are not complete statements, so we cannot draw a conclusion. 

A wandering 3 year old is unlikely due to difficulty walking (reported:  leg braces). 

“It’s not making sense to me about where she could be at,” said Woods, “or who she could be with.”

One report stated that the mother last saw her at 11pm, but her boyfriend saw her at midnight, where the child got up and the mother's boyfriend told her to go back to bed.  This is important information, including time line.  The FBI asked for anyone who had contact with anyone in the household before this to call in. 

Mariah’s biological father, Alex Woods, said he found out his daughter was missing when the Amber Alert was issued Monday morning. 

He asks good questions:  

“Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn’t cry, she didn’t scream? Nobody heard anything? Four people in the house, two adults and two kids someone just comes up and snatches the baby and walks out?”

Mariah is a white female, approximately 2 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 30 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes.
If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Onslow County Sheriff at (910) 455-3113, or call 911 or *HP.

Monday, November 27, 2017


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Detective Steve Johnson (retired) is a 28-year police veteran.  He has 23 years experience as a detective, including 7 years on the elite Major Incident Response Team. In 2009, Steve began training in Statement Content Analysis, a forensic method of analyzing written and verbal statements for veracity, content, and psychological profile. He is a certified Statement Analyst, proficient in detecting deception in verbal and written statements. Steve continues to train and maintain proficiency with some of the best analysts in the country.

In 2012, Steve began his training in Forensic Handwriting Analysis. He is a certified Forensic Handwriting Analyst with the ability to detect deception, mental illness, drug use, sex abuse, violence & perpetrator potential, personality traits and more. Steve is a member of the International Association of Handwriting Analysts. Although Statement Analysis and Handwriting Analysis are two different sciences, Steve utilizes both in his investigations, which has proven to produce a very strong profile.
As a Forensic Analyst, Steve is able to create a psychological profile of a subject utilizing their written and verbal statements. He frequently consults for police detectives as well as investigators from around the nation. Detective Johnson has analyzed and profiled for a wide variety of cases including anonymous author, homicide, suicide, robbery, fraud, forgery, theft, threats, kidnapping, sex crimes, hate crimes, arson, threat assessment, hiring and Internal investigations.