Friday, October 25, 2019

Cold Case: Diane Shields


Exclusive: A possible crack in the cold cases of Mary Shotwell Little and Diane Shields

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – After years of endless tips and dead ends CBS46's crime scene investigator Sheryl 'Mac' McCollum said she's one-step closer to finding Diane Shields killer. 
“It's potentially a break,” she said.

In 1967, the 22-year-old receptionist was found strangled and beaten beyond recognition, crammed inside the trunk of her car.
“Her fiancé literally had to identify her by the engagement ring and the dress she was wearing,” said.

Mac has been investigating this case for 15 years with some of the city's most prolific cold case experts, including licensed private detective, John Fedack.

“You go through reports. You go on the internet. I've called people in California and Sea Island. And people in Canada,” said Fedack. “There was nothing in the files that just jumped out until our colleagues came up with some information.”

Shields’ death is woven into the fabric of Atlanta's dark folklore: a pretty, young blonde, engaged to be married, last seen leaving work in her Chevy Impala.

But she never made it home.

“All the men wanted her, and all the women wanted to be her,” Mac said.

Her murder happened just 18 months after Atlanta's most notorious missing person's case: Mary Shotwell Little.

In 1965, Little – a bank secretary – vanished into the night outside Lenox Square, which was then a small open-air shopping center not the high-end mega mall we know today.

Her last goodbye was to a friend following dinner and shopping. Little's car was later found with blood smears on the front seats.
“Mary Shotwell Little is literally the largest manhunt in Atlanta history,” said Mac. “Her case file was larger with the FBI than the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.” 

Although the women never met, they're connected by coincidence and immortalized in conspiracy theories revolving around sex scandals and hits by a lesbian mafia.

After Little disappeared, Shields took her secretary job at Citizens and Southern Bank – even sitting at Little's old desk and rooming with her former roommates.

Now 52 years later, Mac is convinced the alleged killer is hiding in plain sight – right here in metro Atlanta.

“I feel very confident he wants to tell it. I think he's been waiting to tell it. I think that's why he keeps contacting people,” she said.
Evidence from both cases has mysteriously disappeared. But CBS46 has exclusive access to hundreds of pages in Shields' case file including emails sent to a law enforcement source from the alleged killer.

“We knew we didn't have the fingerprint. We knew we didn't have the blood. We knew we didn't have the clothing, but what we did have was words,” said Mac. “And these words to me are very critical and I think they're the best evidence we have going forward.”

The emails were reviewed by renowned statement analyst Peter Hyatt with his team of more than 50 experts.

“They concluded that the person who wrote this had knowledge of who murdered Diane, how she was murdered and why she was murdered,” she said.

Fedack, who has been working on the case with Mac for years, said the analysis is validation their investigation is on the track to bring the Shields’ family closure. 

“To me that is startling, it is right on the money. It is everything we thought,” he said.

Fedack said Shields demeanor changed in the days leading up to her murder.

“She was becoming secretive. And mysterious. She told a couple of people she was helping police with the Mary Shotwell Little case,” he said.

They said the killer is an acquaintance of Shields, whose crush turned into a deadly infatuation after he was rejected.

“Diane Shields is beautiful, she's engaged, everybody likes her,” Mac said. “If you can be jilted to the point that you would murder someone, that doesn’t go away. Ever.”

Police found her car in East Point, at a Laundromat at Sylvan Road and Cleveland Avenue. A scarf and a piece of paper from a phone book were shoved down her throat.

“Who would do that level of violence and not sexually assault her? Not rob her?” said Mac. “That level of anger is from somebody that might have been jilted.”

Although Mac doesn’t believe the two cases are connected, she said finding Shields’ killer opens the pathway to solving Little’s disappearance.

“If we can solve Diane Shields then we're going to be closer to solving Mary Shotwell Little,” she said.

Mac plans to turn over a legal brief of findings to the GBI and East Point police before Thanksgiving. She said there could be a break in the case before Christmas.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

911 Call: 5 Year Old Dulce Maria Alavez Missing

Missing 5 year old child 

Operator: 911 what is your emergency?

Caller: I can’t find my daughter.

This is very likely to be reliable (90%) on its form. 

At the time of this call, the mother cannot find her.  We wait for her to ask for help and to facilitate the flow of information to find her. 

Operator: When was the last time you seen her?

Caller: We were, we were with her at the park and people say that somebody, probably somebody took her.

This is a very strong indicator of parental neglect. She offers that "somebody" (gender neutral) took her, qualified with "probably."  Here we may expect the mother to express concern for the victim and demand/plead that she be found in urgent terms. 

1. A mother of a missing child should speak for herself. (maternal instinct)

2. The need for plurality is associated with the need to lessen guilt by dilution (crowd).

3. "people say" is passive----- she distances herself from her own daughter ("with her" and "we") and from the possible action that caused her to be unable to find her daughter.  
Operator: Ok how old is she?

Caller: She’s five years old.

Operator: Ok and what park are you at?

Caller: Here in Bridgeton Park.

Operator: OK where in the Bridgeton Park are you?

Caller: Umm... The one with the basketball court where the high school is.

Operator: Ah OK so you’re at the basketball courts behind the high school?

Caller: Yes.

Mom is compliant with questions and no further.  She is not offering information. 
Operator: Ok, and what was she seen last wearing?

Caller: (pauses) …She was wearing um…, umm, give me a second (speaks to another person in Spanish). I don’t remember what clothes she was wearing, but she was wearing, I just remember her pants, she was wearing like a flower, flowery pants, and some heels, some white heels.

The neglect is affirmed.  The pauses are viewed in context of the urgent need to find a missing 5 year old, one incapable of self protection. 
Operator: Ok ma’am stay on the line I will transfer you over to the police.

Operator: And you said she was five correct?

Caller: Yes.

Police: Hello ma’am, did you she which direction your child went?

Caller: No we were in the car she, she came down with my son. They were running to the park and then me and my sister we came down. So whe, whe, when we got here at the park she wasn’t here. They said, they said that my son was just crying with his ice cream, because somebody spilled his ice cream on the floor and my daughter just ran away.

Mom is very likely willing to blame others --this should be a strategy in the interview. 

Police: OK hold on.

Analysis Conclusion:

The mother is withholding information from police while her daughter is missing. This information is in context to her own status. 

What is being withheld is her own responsibility/connection to the victim. 

The mother does not ask for help for the victim, nor does she express concern over what her daughter is currently experiencing.  

The mother is more concerned with her own status rather than the victim's. Being against maternal instinct, it does not bode well for the victim. 

Substance abuse should be explored. Mother's lack of personal responsibility consistent with self preservation and lack of parental capacity for protection.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Mother of Missing 5 Year Old Speaks

Note her priority

Note her positive linguistic disposition towards the police who have not found her child. 

Note her negative linguistic disposition towards those who doubt her. 

Note that she does not express concern for what the victim is experiencing in her open statement --- she must be asked. 

Note the question of what she would do differently. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pronouns: The Pronoun "I" in Analysis

Is there a single word in the English language that we use more than the word, "I"?

The pronoun "I" is critical in evaluating a sentence. It speaks to psychological commitment. 

"I went to the store this morning." is, on its form, reliable. As such, it is about 90% likely to be true. If the subject is lying, it signals a departure from the norm, and an ability to fabricate reality. It often reveals a personality type that is very dangerous to society. It is not a panic lie, nor an exaggeration, but something we find to be rare.  It often is later revealed that it is personality driven; meaning the subject has been successfully deceiving since childhood. 

We take note when the subject begins a statement with the pronoun "I" and when the subject does not. When a statement begins without the pronoun "I", yet uses it later, it is a strong signal that the subject does not want to, psychologically, commit to the statement. We often find deception in such statements. 

We take note of the sudden disappearance of the pronoun "I", especially mid-statement. This will be examined in a subsequent post. 

The Language of Addiction 

Active addiction has a language all its own. Similar to sexual assault victims, theft statements and other allegations, studying one subset at a time, methodically, yields accuracy in analysis. 

Such study will have emotional impact as the suffering from addiction is:

a. complex
b. tragically destructive 
c. highly politicized 
d. profitable

Addicts will use the language of manipulation, as the powerful brain impulse for relief (opioid, alcohol) signals, and such relief is sought in desperation. This begins to become a normal pattern which will impact the language. 

Addicts are, due to the constant post euphoric depression (lethargy, increased pain sensitivity, anxiety, etc), in a state of distress. The brain's natural "feel good" disruption is chronic; hence the deceptive nature of drug abuse. The post euphoric state is acute during withdrawal and fades over time, though this can last for many months; called "PAWS", or "post acute withdrawal symptom,"

It can alter the personality; particularly optimism or hope in life.  

Methadone clinics often have very high turn over of counselors because of the high stress in dealing with addicts. It is wearing to be incessantly lied to (consider the inherent insult) but perhaps the greater toll is in dealing with the projective depression, anger and often being blamed as being part of a conspiracy against the addict. 

Those who view themselves as victims of life have the poorest prognosis. We find in the language a shifting of responsibility (often using passivity) in even small issues, as well as chronic negativity. Conversely, those who take personal responsibility with the hope of changing self (rather than changing the world), have much better chances at recovery.  

"Misery loves company" is sometimes the result of being unable to free oneself from chronic low level depression and the pessimism that is all but expected from the hormonal disruption of the brain via substance abuse. 

This is a recent public post.  Note that it does not begin with the pronoun "I"--- 

it is interesting that the subject psychologically distances herself from the statement yet tells us why in the next sentence.  

In analyzing a statement, we not only discern deception from truth, but we look for the subject to tell us what her priority or purpose in posting is, and any dominant personality traits that may emerge. 

The language of addiction takes careful study in applying principles  and is valued for Employment Analysis. Those in recovery, acting in working sobriety, are relatively easy to spot as near opposite of the language of addiction. 

For training in deception detection, please visit Hyatt Analysis Services, and do some research into the training. Lie Detection and profiling (pyscho-linguistic) standards in the Complete Statement Analysis Course. 

The advanced work in analysis is vital for interviews, including social science professionals who seek to help mitigate the suffering of others.  Analysts are trained to carefully note each word, the use of ellipsis, order, additional language, linguistic disposition, as well as priority & personality traits. 

They seek to learn more about the subject;

What is her purpose? 
Does she show as empathetic of those suffering?
What do you make of the longest sentences? 

What is her prognosis at this time for recovery? 

Pronouns often "tell the story." 

Look for a new upcoming course release:  "The Language of Addiction" for those who have successfully finished The Complete Statement Analysis Course. 

Below is the beginning of her statement.  


Saw a client at my clinic not get dosed today because the nurse said she was "fucked up"... I didn't personally see her ...but according to other clients in the waiting room she had been upset and crying about a personal problem she was having...Having a bad...stressful time like happens to all of us.