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May 31, 2016

A Severed Head, Two Cops, and the Radical Future of Interrogation

All the major tropes of a traditional police interrogation can be traced back to Reid and Inbau’s manual: the claustro­phobic room, the interrogators’ outward projection of cer­tainty, the insistence on a theory of the case that assumes the suspect’s guilt. (The manual calls this a “theme.”) The interrogators bolster that theme with what they charac­terize as incontrovertible evidence, which can include facts drawn from real detective work (“We know you got off work at 5 pm”) or details that are completely fabricated (“The polygraph says you did it”). Toward the end, interrogators are encouraged to “minimize” the crime in a consoling sort of way (“He had it coming, didn’t he?”). All the while, they cut off all denials until the suspect cracks. Detectives are allowed to use deceit and trickery because, as Inbau and Reid explained, none of these techniques are “apt to induce an innocent person to confess a crime he did not commit.” | WIRED

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 31, 2016 9:58 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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If those techniques don't work, rubber hoses seem to get results.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 31, 2016 12:08 PM

Thumb in the door jamb.

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