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This was this thief’s first attempt to deceive the interviewer and to lie his way out of serious trouble. Look at some of the words he was using to describe his behavior and also the items that he “admitted” to stealing.
Items that he admitted stealing are, in his opinion, “socially” “acceptable” things to steal. Attitude: Who wouldn’t help themselves to these types of items?
Notice that he said he paid for the cigarettes the next day between 4 and 5 pm. Remember, this is a convenience store. How many packs of cigarettes do you think were sold between 4 and 5pm?
Notice the change in the style of writing. Note the size of the text as well as the slant of the writing. One (Confession 1) was done in a reckless, nervous, hurried fashion; the other (Confession 2) done with precise thought, under a “face-saving” attitude of remorse.
The next page displays a copy of his real confession. Compare it to the “abbreviated” version. Both confessions were written by the same person within a five hour time period.
Confession 1 (Attempt to deceive interrogator for 2.5 hours)
Confession 2 (His real confession after another 2.5 hours of interrogation)
You can learn several important things as a result of this interview:
Prepare yourself with several good themes [interview tactics] and assume that the initial response from a suspect is deceptive as was clearly illustrated in this case
Focus on your analytical listening skills
Assume the suspect is guilty (The evidence and his behavior warrants such a judgment)
Be ready for any reaction
Be patient (No, this is not a misprint. It is reminder of how vitally important patience is)
If necessary, start the interview over again
Don’t lose confidence
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