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Benefits of Complimenting a Suspect During the Interrogation
Jan 15, 2023
There are many elements that lead to a successful interrogation. One such element is the level of rapport and trust the investigator can develop with the suspect. One way to develop rapport...
The Feasibility of an Analytic Assessment to Identify False Confessions
Nov 01, 2012
The medical, psychiatric and therapy communities have a long history of using diagnostic "checklists" to evaluate the presence or absence of physiological or mental disease or degree of impairment. These analytic assessments...
Interview Before Interrogating
Sep 01, 2012
Throughout our seminars and textbooks The Reid Technique emphasizes the distinction between interviewing and interrogating, and the importance of conducting a non-accusatory interview before an accusatory interrogation. A recent legal decision reinforces...
Investigating Issues of Intent
Jul 01, 2012
Two recent news events have centered around a person's intentions. The first was the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. The second was a White house correspondent named Neil Munro who...
To Lie or Not to Lie: The Use of Deception During an Interrogation
May 01, 2012
If the agents involved in the recent Colombia incident are interrogated, should the investigators tell them they have evidence that they don't really have? It depends on a number of considerations.
The Importance of Context Within Behavior Symptom Analysis
Mar 01, 2012
Consider the following written note left for my son: "Ryan, call Mom's cell." If the note was written this year, he would dial her mobile phone number. However, if the note was...
Innocent Suspect’s Response to Interrogation
Jan 01, 2012
The process of interrogation is reserved for suspects whose guilt is reasonably certain. This assessment may be based on a combination of forensic or testimonial evidence implicating the suspect in the crime...
Word Games Deceptive Suspects Play
Nov 01, 2011
Properly socialized people do not enjoy lying. None of us invite the feelings of guilt, fear or anxiety associated with telling a lie. On the other hand, we also don't like to...
Good vs. Bad Liars
Sep 01, 2011
Earlier this year the nation was transfixed by the trial of Casey Anthony, a young woman accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee. During the course of the investigation...
What Exactly is the Reid Technique of Interrogation?
Jul 01, 2011
Despite the availability of specific information in books, training manuals and on our web site about the Reid Technique of interrogation, it is routinely mis-characterized. The following description...
May 01, 2011
A witness is anyone who possesses direct information pertinent to an investigation. Sometimes witnesses are forthcoming and fully cooperative, other times they are reluctant to get involved and occasionally they are deceitful...
The Danger of Threatening Inevitable Consequences During an Interrogation
Mar 01, 2011
A recent Frontline episode dealt with interrogation techniques and false confessions.1 The presented case involved the 1997 rape and murder of Michelle Bosko from Norfolk, VA. The following is a synopsis of...
Research Review: The lie, the Bluff and False Confessions
Jan 01, 2011
One of the most controversial aspects of criminal interrogation involves the use of trickery and deceit. While Federal and State Supreme Courts routinely uphold confessions that were obtained from interrogations during which...
Investigating Attention- Motivated Fabricated Crimes
Nov 01, 2010
Every year there are a dozen or so incidents involving fabricated crimes that make national headlines because the motive behind the reported crime fascinates the general public. Recently a woman in...
Using Baseline Behaviors to Establish "Truthful" Responses.
Sep 01, 2010
During our training seminars, participants have asked about the value of identifying a suspect's truthful behavior by asking questions to which it is known that the suspect is telling the...
Documenting Field Confessions
Jul 01, 2010
Documenting Field Confessions[i]
Following a successful interrogation the investigator will convert the oral confession to a court admissible document. This document may be handwritten by the suspect, a...
Responding to Defense Experts' Characterization of Interrogation
May 01, 2010
In 1998 David Lykken wrote a book titled, "A Tremor in the Blood: The Uses and Abuses of the Polygraph Technique". In it, he advocated the use of his own "Guilty Knowledge...
Designing an Interview/Interrogation Room
Mar 01, 2010
I recently taught at a newly constructed police department. The architecture was beautiful featuring a massive open community room. The detective's work area was equally impressive with state of the art computer...
The Esteem-Motivated Offender
Jan 01, 2010
It is human nature to seek acclaim and recognition. Given the choice, most people would rather be well known and respected than an obscure outsider who is unimportant and ignored. Typically, this...
Civil Liabilities Associated With False Confessions
Nov 01, 2009
Civil Liabilities Associated With False Confessions
Training in the field of interrogation teaches investigators not only how to conduct effective interrogations, but also the legal aspects of obtaining admissible confessions...
Sep 01, 2009
A fundamental principle of behavior symptom analysis is that truthful suspects send the same message on all three channels of communication.* Deceptive suspects may send different messages...