Thursday, April 25, 2019

Parents of Five Year old Reported Missing Arrested

The case is now resolved.  

Analysis posted on Twitter yesterday @peterfhyatt 

The 911 call is useful for training.  Even in hindsight we are able to glean much information from the words. 

The Linguistic Disposition of the subject towards the victim is critical information. 

These are notes from team analysis. Some of the comments and questions are exploratory in nature. 

D: What’s the address of your emergency?
C: [redacted] Crystal Lake
D: Yup got it and the phone number you’re calling from?
C: [redacted]
D: Ok. Tell me exactly what happened.

C: Uh, weuh, we havea missingchild. Um, woke up this 
morning and uh, he wasn’t, he wasn’t

Expectation: Context is a bio dad --  sexual – distinctly as a 
man, who has fathered the victim. 
Take ownership of the victim. 
He is telling the truth. “we” (plural) “have” something.  
The use of “we” by a bio dad of a missing child in an 
emergency call is unexpected. We may hear it in a later
 press conference where mom and dad are standing together 
and he is speaking for both. 
--need to share ownership – (step parenting, adoption, 
fostering)—We expect a bio dad to say “I” or “my” (singular)
 ESPECIALLY in the initial report 

we have a missing child” – The Linguistic Disposition 
towards the victim is neutral.  Conclusion: In context, this is 
Similar to Patsy Ramsey; speaking the technical truth.  The
 child does not “have” an issue to reckon with; the caller 
(parents), however, do. 
“child” is gender neutral.  The caller is not working to facilitate
 the flow of info. It is also to distance from gender.  This 
would need exploration. (resentment? Jealousy?)
“child” is anyone’s child: acute psychological distancing from 
his own child.  This is a red flag.  
“we” is repeated indicating increased sensitivity of being 
psychologically alone in this report. 
“we have a missing child” is a status report; it is not personal 

The subject avoids using AJ’s name.  Given the context of 
“missing”, this is a confirmation of the acute psych. 

Um, ____ woke up this morning and uh, he wasn’t, he wasn’t

The psychological distancing we saw in the first six words, 
now increases with the omitted pronoun,. 
He did not say “I woke up” or even “we woke up” 
We cannot say it for him. 
Parents may not have slept. 

Who woke up?

“he” – who is “he”?

They “have” a situation of a status report (“,missing child”)
, but “he” avoids the name of the child. 
The subject does not tell us they were asleep.  Consider the 
deception possible by implication…”we could not possibly be 
involved because we were asleep.  Interpret our words; don’t 
listen to us…”

D: how old is the child
C: we have a missing child

Even after using the pronoun 
“he”,. The caller robs the victim of the status of son.  He and the mother have this; not their son, but a case. 
The victim has not status and has no name.  He is a “case” but not a person. 
D: Yeah, how old is he?
C: he’s 5
D: what was he last seen wearing?
C: um, a Mario blue, like long sleeve sweatshirt and um, 
black sweat pants
D: and uh, male, white?
C: yes
D: when was the last time you seen him?
C: Uh, last night. Uh,probably9:30. Uh when he went to bed.
Why is going to bed “probable”? This is a lack of commitment; not to time, but to what follows: “uh, when he went to bed.”
Since going to bed is only “probable”, this is an unnecessary term that is not expected.  He is not estimated time but possible-probable account. 
When does the victim normally go to bed?
Does the victim normally put himself to bed? 
The victim is still not a person.  He does not have a name. The victim is still “child” –
Was the victim still in his clothes, at age 5, “probably”??
Consider that “probably” may be dismissive, uncaring, etc, as a result of chronic neglect? 
This question is forced upon the operator: 
D: ok. Are you the father?
C: yes
The subject did not claim to be the father, nor took ownership of his son, nor even used the victim’s name. 
The father should be thinking aloud in trying to grasp his missing son’s whereabouts or what happened…he should be grappling with a terrible mystery, tearing him at the core of his very being. 
Instead, he gives a one word answer. 
He only “accepts” status of father by affirmation; not by his own words. 

D: Ok. Know where hemight’vewent?
C: no, uh we’vecanvassedthe neighborhood.

He “canvassed” but “we” did not search.  “Canvassed” is cursory or superficial, like opinions. It is not searching. 
 Iwent to thelocalpark. 
This is the first time “I” enters his language. 
90% reliable--- if he did not go to the park, we are looking at a rare and dangerous liar. 
Uh, the local gas stations down here where we sometimes take himto buy treats.
a.    He does not commit to going to the gas station
b.    He is, however, a “good parent” in this context, who buys “him” treats. In context of this emergency call, this is a possible indicator of guilt in his role as parent. He needs to be seen as a good parent.  
c.     He does not “get” treats, but “buys” them.  This is line with the “three p’s” of biological relationship 

d.    After committing to the park, he returns to the weaker “we”
 Um,Ispokewiththe assistant principal over thereat the school 

where the park is. Theyhaven’tseen uh, him or 

any other child.
 I have no idea where he would be.
The subject does not want to be alone with this event, so 

much so, that the subject is attempting to portray the victim 

as in a crowd.  This is acute guilt. By adding in “any other 

child” –he is making an extraordinary and unique situation 

into one that is “normal” or common/usual. 
He must be a “good person” concerned with other missing

 children.  Further increase of guilt. 
I have no idea where he wouldbe.
This is offered freely by the biological father and is not in 

response to a direct or indirect question. 
The rule of the negative elevates this importance;
He does not say, “I don’t know where he is” but 
“would be” (conditional) as a weakened commitment to this 

lie. “Would be” rather than “is” is consistent with past tense

 and weak commitment. 

“They haven’t seen him…” is to avoid telling us the gender of the asst principal ---

Consider: the subject may have a need to neutralize gender, in general.  (concern, background exploration)

D: Ok. So you put him to bed last night. So he was in his pajamas? And then you went to get him for school, he wasn’t there. Then you looked around for a bit?
Training is needed. 
Compound questions (4)
The operator interprets precisely as a deceptive person wishes. 
C: Yes
She allowed him the luxury of using only one word to answer 4 questions.  The caller is not facilitating the flow of information to find the victim; who is not still…his “son.”
The victim has no title and has no name.  The victim is not a “person” in this sense. This is not only extreme distancing, but likely insight into hostility felt towards the victim. 

D: What time was he supposed to be at school?
C: Wellhedoesn’t go to school, buthad a doctor’s appointment this morning. When I got back from the doctor’s appointment, uh I checked in on him to say good morning. He wasn’t there,sothat would’ve been
Narcissistic personality …possible sociopathic tendency of indifference (or guilt or both) – ‘the victim? What the victim might be going through right now?  Fear, anguish, hungry, with a stranger?  No, let’s talk about me.’ 
This is about the caller…who, along with the mother “has” a case on their minds; not the victim, who remains without a name or relationship title. 

D: What time was that?
C: Between 8: 15-8:30
D: And have you check everywhere? Like under tables? Closets?
C: {unintelligible} closets, the basementthe garage.Everywhere.
The repeated words reduce sensitivity (parroting) yet it heightens the offered words of “basement” and “garage.”
Consider that the victim was wrapped in plastic (basement) and dumped in a shallow grave (shovel?) 

D: What’s the child’s name?

He forced the question. 

C: Uh, Andrew last name Freund. We call him AJ.
D: What’s the middle?
C: Uh, Thomas
D: Date of birth?
C: [redacted]
D: Is mom at the residence as well?
C: Yes
D: Ok and what’s your name, sir?
C: Uh, Andrew Sr
D: Ok. Do you have any pets in the house?
C: Yes.
D: Are they missing as well or no?
C: Nope.
D: Was any of the doors open?
C: No (sigh) [unintelligible] No outside doors or anything like that.
D: No doors or windows?
C: No
D: Officer’s pull up [unintelligible] now
C: Ok. Yeah, I see him
D: Just let me know, but you checked the house, right?
C: Yes. Yea. Yea, we’ve been through the house like 
completely. Yea
D: Let me know when the officer’s at your door.
C: He’s here right now.

D: Ok. I’ll let you go.

Analysis Conclusion:

The technical truth told belies the deception beneath it. 

The subject may be a child sexual abuser, himself. The "Sr." 

defeated the "junior" from which the subject indicated distancing 

language so severe, that contempt for his son is likely. 

The indifference also speaks to chronic Neglect. 

Like the Ramseys, they have an issue. 
Like the McCanns, there is no concern expressed for the 

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Linguistic Disposition: Actress Jenny Mollen Injures Child

                    Jenny Mollen public statement analyzed 

In analyzing a statement, we take careful note of the subject's linguistic disposition towards the alleged victim. It can be key to proper discernment. 

What does the alleged perpetrator (subject) indicate, via his wording, as attitude, towards the alleged victim?

Guilt has a powerful instinctive response to deny, cover, conceal, mitigate, shift, reduce, minimize and ultimately, justify itself. Analysts are trained to:

1. Classify sensitivity indicators regarding "quality" and contextual relevance. In early training, they learn to spot a sensitivity indicator, but as they progress, they then must move to deeper analysis, lest they assign meaning where they ought not to. 

2. Spot Linguistic Disposition (LD) in a statement. 

How does the alleged perp view the alleged victim?

Recall the analysis of the Suffolk County "hate crime" where a black family was "threatened" by a white supremacist:

"Dear African American family..."

The Linguistic Disposition of the short anonymous letter taped upon a Lindenhurst, NY family's home indicated a "positive Linguistic Disposition" by the author towards the recipients. 

The analysis concluded that the letter was written by a family member living in the home. 

3. Analysts are taught to look for the subtle shifting of blame and/or responsibility from the subject to the victim. 

The LD is revelatory: 

"Uh, so, you know, the baby wouldn't take her formula. She has to have it. "

In a shaken baby syndrome case, the above subject is shifting blame over to the victim. If she would have cooperated by drinking her formula, he would not have shaken her into a vegetative state.  

In the news is a social media posting by an actress.  

Let's look at the statement. 

On Saturday evening, I dropped my son on his head causing him to fracture his skull and landing him in the ICU. 
I am forever grateful to Lenox hill downtown and @nyphospital for their immediate response and aid. Thank you to all of the nurses, neurologists, pediatricians, residents, cafeteria staff and brave women that keep the visitor‘s bathrooms clean. Not sure how this post turned into an Oscars acceptance speech... But @biggsjasonThank god for you! Thank god, thank god, thank god.
It has been a traumatic week but Sid is home now taking things slowly and recovering nicely. He is also eating a lot of chocolate dipped ice cream cones and plans to try cherry dipped soon.
My heart goes out to all parents who have or will ever find themselves in this kind of position. You are not alone...

Here it is again, with some emphasis:

On Saturday evening, I dropped my son on his head causing him to fracture his skull and landing him in the ICU. 

She did not drop her son and he hit his head, but dropped him on his head.  

Note "causing him" is language that is consistent with guilt from child abuse, subtly shifting responsibility in spite of "I dropped..."

Question: Why did she post this publicly?

Next we see gratitude towards the hospital. This is a form of Ingratiation (IF) that most analysts will conclude to be appropriate when successful treatment has been realized. The expectation is, in this classification, gratitude towards the staff that responded to her son. 

I am forever grateful to Lenox hill downtown and 
@nyphospital for their immediate response and aid. Thank you to all of the nurses, neurologists, pediatricians, residents, cafeteria staff and brave women that keep the visitor‘s bathrooms clean. 

This is a form of ingratiation that is of concern since it goes well beyond the scope of immediate care given to her son. We now expect to hear the successful treatment the immediate medical staff gave.  

Not sure how this post turned into an Oscars acceptance speech..

The subject reveals that she is making a speech for actors.  In following our belief in her words, we do not contradict her. 

But @biggsjasonThank god for you! Thank god, thank god, thank god.

Inclusion of deity
Lower case (downgrade) 
repetition 3 x (sensitivity increased) 

Deity is identified in a statement and is sometimes  associated with guilt. If Deity, in any form, is called upon as a witness, it is associated with deception. 

Here, the "quality" of its use is seen in the lower case, repetition but mostly in that God is not thanked for the victim; 
instead it is for the husband. 
It has been a traumatic week but Sid is home now taking things slowly and recovering nicely.

"It has been a traumatic week" is a positive LD towards the subject. We expect empathy for the victim to be articulated.  It is not here. It was "traumatic week", by default, for the subject. This is self focused, consistent with known statements found within child abuse and congruent with an actress award speech above.

 He is also eating a lot of chocolate dipped ice cream cones and plans to try cherry dipped soon.

This is the linguistic display of how good of a mother she is; giving detail of the treats he is eating.  The "good mother" principle is often an indicator to the contrary; it may be an indicator of a form of neglect and/or abuse. 

My heart goes out to all parents who have or will ever find themselves in this kind of position. You are not alone...

The subject articulates the need for "others", as a refusal to be alone with what she did.  This is a form of mitigating or reducing guilt by "crowd sourcing."

Guilt does not bear up well alone. This is often personality driven, from childhood with, "But mom, everyone was doing it!" as an excuse.  When followed with an attempt to indict the teacher with injustice, the parents' reaction can correct or cement this technique of irresponsibility. 

Analysis Conclusion

There are enough red flags to warrant an investigation. 

The analyst should be concerned that the subject has pre-empted an investigation by appealing to the public for sympathy. 

There is a subtle shift of responsibility by the subject, towards the victim. 

She does not show empathy towards the victim, but towards "all parents" as well as seeking to curry favor with a larger audience, including those who clean bathrooms.  

This is consistent with guilt.

Investigators will want to know more, including risk factors such as substance abuse.  

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