Blame the Suspect’s Perception of the Victim’s Actions and Behavior in Sexual Assault Interrogations
Aug 25, 2021
One of the fundamental principles of Theme Development, (Step 2 of the Reid Nine-Steps of Interrogation), is to shift the blame for the suspect’s criminal behavior to someone or something other than...
False Confessions: The Issues to be Considered
Jun 01, 2021
False Confessions – The Issues to be Considered
In this document we discuss the primary causes of and contributing factors to false confessions, and the Best Practices to follow to...
Understanding the Criminal Mind
Mar 31, 2021
Understanding The Criminal Mind
The courts have demonstrated an understanding that there must be a balance between a criminal suspect’s desire to avoid punishment for the crimes they commit by denying...
25 Reid Video Tips
Jan 11, 2021
September October 2020 Investigator Tip
The September/October 2020 Investigator Tip provides you with links to 25 brief video presentations from our YouTube channel - The Reid Technique Tips, that...
The foundation for all efffective interrogation techniques - projection and rationalization
Jan 11, 2021
As a youngster we have all had the experience of hitting one of our siblings, and then when questioned by our parents we justified our actions by saying, “he hit me first.”...
Sep 01, 2019
(This Investigator Tip consists of selections from a chapter in our book, The Investigator Anthology)
While both psychologically healthy and psychologically impaired individuals can be guilty of a crime, in...
What Questions Should be Asked to Determine the Voluntariness and Validity of a Subject’s Confession?
Aug 01, 2019
While there are numerous issues to consider in the process of evaluating the voluntariness and validity of a subject’s confession, the following questions may be helpful in making such an assessment.
The Non-Confrontational Approach
Apr 16, 2019
The Non-Confrontational Interview
John E. Reid and his colleague, Northwestern Professor of Law Fred E. Inbau, developed the non-confrontational interview as an integral part of any questioning of a subject in...
A Description of The Reid Technique
Nov 01, 2018
The Reid Technique is oftentimes just thought of and is frequently referred to as simply an interrogation process - it is much more than that. The Reid Technique is a structured interview...
Gang Crime Interrogation
Sep 01, 2018
Gang-related homicides and assaults are frequently motivated by revenge for acts committed by rival gangs against members of a suspect’s crew. Through effective theme development, an interrogator uses sound reasoning...
Human Trafficking Investigations: Interrogation Themes that Get Confessions
Jul 02, 2018
An astute investigator alert to the signs of human trafficking can launch a line of questioning designed to reveal the offender’s conduct
Human traffickers can abduct or lure susceptible individuals for many reasons...
Clarifying Misrepresentations About Law Enforcement Interrogation Techniques
Mar 01, 2018
Over the years social psychologists, defenses attorneys and some academicians have offered a number of criticisms of current law enforcement interrogation practices, and, in particular, the Reid Technique. Some of these criticisms...
What Words Should I Use When I start an Interrogation?
Jan 01, 2018
The flexibility and effectiveness of the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation is what makes it the most widely used investigative interviewing technique in the world.
The Reid Nine-Steps of...
The Fundamental Foundation of THE REID TECHNIQUE OF INTERROGATION®: Empathy and Understanding
Sep 01, 2017
The Reid Technique consists of a three-phase process beginning with Fact Analysis, followed by the Behavior Analysis Interview (which is a non-accusatory interview designed to develop investigative and behavioral information), followed by...
Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Obtaining a Reliable Confession
Jan 01, 2017
Physical coercion, torture, duress, denial of rights, threats, and promises of leniency are the poison pills of legally admissible, reliable, and voluntary confessions. Obviously we should not engage in such behaviors or...
Positive Persuasion - Motivating the Subject to Tell the Truth
Nov 01, 2016
Positive persuasion consists of a variety of persuasive statements offered by the investigator to motivate, influence, and persuade the subject to want to tell the truth. The information developed in the...
When Co-Offenders are Being Interrogated Consider "Playing One Against the Other"
Sep 01, 2016
When two or more persons have collaborated in the commission of a criminal offense and are later apprehended for questioning, there is usually a nagging fear on the part of each participant...
Over 300 What's new page entries
Aug 01, 2016
p> Over the last 14 years we have posted over 300 entries on our "What's New" page at www.reid.com. For this July/August Investigator Tip we have listed many of them that you...
Interrogation Themes: Five Strategies for Selecting Interrogation Themes
Mar 01, 2016
Identifying the most effective arguments to present to a suspect during an interrogation will help you elicit the truth
A frequent question I'm asked by cops during my interviewing and interrogation...
Making a Murderer: THE REID TECHNIQUE® and Juvenile Interrogations
Jan 01, 2016
In the Netflix program, Making a Murderer, which examines the conviction of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for the sexual assault and murder of Teresa Halbach, there is a reference made by...