What is Statement Analysis?
Who uses Statement Analysis? Those who want to get the most information out of every interview use this technique. This method is for any investigator with a need to examine crimes or any suspected deceptive situations. Statement Analysis is now being used by the FBI, the Secret Service, and many other federal agencies; it is being used by law enforcement agencies and military agencies throughout the U.S. , Canada , and Australia ; by bank and insurance investigators; and by private industry. Statement Analysis gives you what you need to know - and enables you to tap the vast resources of information around you.
Simply put, Forensic Statement Analysis is a kind of linguistic lie detector. When carefully assessed by a trained professional, the choice of words in verbal and written statements can be even more revealing of the truth than traditional polygraph machines.
Let's take a look at the following example in which a father writes about the events surrounding the death of his infant son. "Around 5:00am / 5:30am I, John A. Woods Jr., was in the process of giving my son, John A. Woods III, his scheduled feeding. During this feeding he bucked & fell approx. 2ft. to the floor, hitting his head on the floor. His body landed head first; I attempted to catch him but was unsuccessful. When I picked him up he cried for about 90 sec. then started to gag. His eyes were glazed. I immediately called 911."
If you were the investigator on this case, what would you do? Would you (a) feel sorry for the young dad and have pity for his loss, or (b) interrogate him for murdering his eight-week-old son? To an ordinary citizen, this looks like the description of a tragedy. To an investigator like Detective Ken Driscoll of the Baltimore Police Department, it looked like an inadvertent confession of murder. John A. Woods, Jr. did kill his infant son, and the words he used in this statement allowed investigators the inside knowledge they needed to interrogate him and gain his confession.
Detective Driscoll originally studied statement analysis under Avinoam Sapir of the Israeli Police Department, a man considered a pioneer in this field. After 10 years of study Detective Driscoll took his training a step further, developing an online training course, and a computer program to aid analysts in marking-up and analyzing statements.
As Detective Driscoll noted, "As police officers and investigators, we frequently question people who may be dishonest or who may have an interest in hiding information." For every pile of lies, an investigator needs a way of sifting out the truth, new techniques and methods to help distinguish facts from fiction. "TheirWords: Professsional Forensic Statement Analysis Training" can help investigators do just that.
Various systems of deception detection have been devised throughout history. Some depend on analyzing the subject's body language; one consists of watching the movements of the subject's eyes. Nevertheless, gestures vary with nationality and culture and can be misleading to someone unfamiliar with the rules and code of the subject's society. Here in the United States , with a population of many cultures, body language and eye movement can be confusing sometimes even throwing the investigator off track. By contrast, using “Their Words” as your Linguistic Lie Detector is simple, easy to understand, and comes with lifetime technical support from its instructors.
Let's take a look at how easy this technique can be. In the John A. Woods statement, Mr. Woods said, "Around 5:00am / 5:30am I, John A. Woods Jr. was in the process of giving my son, John A. Woods III, his scheduled feeding. During this feeding he bucked & fell approx. 2ft. to the floor hitting his head on the floor." Notice how the writer is not taking any personal responsibility for this incident. Stating that "he bucked" and "[he] fell," Mr. Woods implies that it is the baby's own fault that he fell to the floor. Maybe this would be more believable if the baby were eight years old, but that's hardly the case here.
Nevertheless, the most telltale statement of all is the next one. Mr. Woods continues by saying, "His body landed head first." When writing, we naturally try to say things in the shortest and easiest way possible. Here we have to ask ourselves why Mr. Woods didn't simply phrase this statement in the shorter, more natural: "He landed head first." Why, at this point, would Mr. Woods describe his supposedly still-living baby as a "body"? The best answer? The baby was dead, or believed to be dead, before he hit the floor...and Mr. Woods knew it.
When re-interviewed, the writer of this statement broke down and cried, telling investigators that his son's crying for more than an hour got to him. He lost control and yanked his son out of his crib by his leg, not realizing that in jerking him so forcefully he had just broken his son's leg, which naturally caused the baby cry louder and harder. At this point, John A. Woods Jr. became enraged and began shaking his son until his son stopped crying...and breathing. Realizing he just killed his son, he staged the fall by sitting on the edge of his couch and dropping his son's body head first to the floor. This guy nearly got away with murder and might have escaped prosecution altogether if not for Statement Analysis.