Reid and Associates featured in the series Criminal Confessions on the OXYGEN channel

Written By: Reid
Dec 12, 2018

On Saturday, December 8, 2018 John E. Reid and Associates was featured in the series, Criminal Confessions, on the Oxygen channel. The case is described on the Oxygen blog page, and is entitled, "Man Violently Murders Parents for Their $240K Life Insurance Payout." From the article:

"Detectives were unable to generate any new leads during that time, and they decided to "try and [sic] reinterview Chris to get at the truth," said Detective Hall. Before bringing Christopher back in, however, they contacted cold case homicide interview expert Rich Byington, who is a senior investigator with leading interrogation company John E. Reid & Associates.

Using the Reid technique - a three-part process that includes Fact Analysis, Behavior Analysis Interview and the Reid Nine Steps of Interrogation - Byington was able to get Christopher to open up about the night his parents were murdered.

Byington started the interrogation by telling Christopher he had interviewed various people about the case and deduced "there's no doubt you caused the death of your parents." In shock, Christopher ultimately broke down and admitted the murders were "just an accident." He told detectives that he went to Pizza Plus around 10:30 PM on the 29th and got into an argument with his parents about money.

Christopher detailed how he slit his mother's throat before chasing his father out of the restaurant, grabbing him from behind and choking him. He then went back inside and bludgeoned his mother with the fire extinguisher to make sure she "was not moving." Christopher said he replaced the fire extinguisher and cut his father's throat before leaving the crime scene.

Christopher was charged the capital murders and robberies of Harvey and Valerie Looney, and he pleaded no contest "..he was sentenced to life in prison".

Here is the episode: Tazwell, VA