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It’s 1930. You’ve just been arrested for a crime, and two extremely intimidating detectives are walking you into a cold, dark, soundproof interrogation room. What comes next more closely resembles something you might find on a medieval museum tour rather than what we deem acceptable practices in 2020.
The great thing about the enticement question is that we can use it regardless of whether we have any evidence. The wording of the question thus becomes very important.
A common question that comes up in training seminars is: "How the heck do we get that written statement?"
With each topic that you introduce, there might be a little bit of resistance. What do we need to do to decrease resistance? Build more credibility, show understanding, and eventually lead to another assumptive question.
The participatory approach is specifically used when there’s circumstantial evidence or that there’s a possibility that your subject might have an excuse, an explanation, so some type of alibi that may or may not be true.
It's not uncommon for investigators to see the end goal of an investigation as the interview with the accused subject or involved subject.
The Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) method is a non-confrontational interview that allows the interviewer to build credibility through a brief introductory statement—and then show understanding through rationalizing.
Even though we might ultimately deny a request, we don't want to do so in a way that creates an adversarial relationship with the subject. Think about it like this: nobody likes being told no.
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A well-crafted statement freezes the moment of the admission or confession, providing the reader a snapshot into the mind of the guilty party.