Friday, July 29, 2011

FBI Search for N.H. Girl: What I See

When I first saw the above video I had to replay the vigil footage of the parents, before I went further. I wanted to see him again. See how he stressfully blows out air, see him lower his head to his wife- see if he was hiding his face, and why he wasn't facing towards the main vocal point of the vigil. I thought it could be his attempt to fight for control and composure- not wanting to break down in public.

Then I heard that he had a diagnosis of schizophrenia and all the alarm bells went off for me. If you are unfamiliar with schizophrenia click on the link the the last sentence. In a nutshell, it is a mental issue where the person doesn't always have clear thought processes and emotional responses. Let me say that most people can be helped with effective treatment, and lead a normal life.

There are breaking points (loss of job, loss of relationship, loss of close parent, etc.) for people who have this issue and snap violently. Having a step daughter can be a stressful situation, especially an eleven year old who is growing up.

I see towards the end of the video, her stepfather actually look around. Usually when I see this it is a person looking for an exit strategy.

Now when the authorities say the stepfather "is not listed as a suspect," we know those closest to the victim are ALWAYS suspects, so the police are purposely stating this to put the family/him at ease. This is a great strategy to learn more and more (and interact with any potential suspects) as long as possible and gain valuable information that could be helpful in the future.

From a strictly criminal profile point of view, given the environment of being a close knit community, and when she was last seen and likely abduction time, and police and FBI officials are saying that there is no evidence at this time that Celina was taken, abducted or that a struggle ensued, the first places that investigators would look is:

  • Family members
  • An adult neighbor who had watched her from a distance and had opportunity to wait for the right time to abduct.
  • Less likely, would be someone in the construction or services trade, who are mobile by nature, who stumbled upon her in "recent" past and planned to commit the abduction.
What I see of her stepfather is LIMITED so by no means conclusive; but what I do see makes me curious.  Not to worry, the FBI Child Abduction Response Team is the best of the best, and they are the best chance to finding out the truth to what happened to this poor little girl.◦

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Smug and Happy to Receive Notoriety: Norwegian Mass Killer Anders Behring Breivik


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Maid Speaks Out: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Rape

I can see why the charges were dropped.

When she is describing the encounter she is actually leaning forward and her head is held high. This is something you would not expect, you'd expect some negative emotions; people who have been raped do not want to talk about it because it is very traumatic and emotionally draining.

Also she does not say "no" to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, just that she doesn't want to lose her job- this is not as clear- and I hope this was not a misunderstanding of cultures.

She shows more emotion when she is speaking about her speculation that "They are going to kill me," rather than the actual attack?!?!

She then says she wants justice, but this contradicts her fear. 

She also states, "God as my witness," in reference to her being a prostitute and this is a hot spot to deception (use of God). 

Overall I see at least 3-4 things that I would consider hot spots which leads me to believe she is being less than truthful about the circumstances.◦

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tiger Woods and Steve Williams: Friends or Employee/er First?

Tiger Woods announced Wednesday that he and caddie Steve Williams will not be working together in the future on his website.
"I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change," Woods said. "Stevie is an outstanding caddie and a friend and has been instrumental in many of my accomplishments. I wish him great success in the future."
One thing that I find interesting that relates to statement analysis- Order means everything.  Notice this part of the statement, "outstanding caddie and a friend," this clearly defines the relationship as a employee/employer relationship before their friendship.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Extreme Stress in Forehead and Sadness in Eyes


Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D on FOX 25 Morning News Talking Mastering Body Language

All around us, a secret language is transmitting information that for many people, goes undetected.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Michele Bachmann Denies "Debilitating" Migraines

While I cannot definitely say if she is telling the truth or lying about her migraines, I can tell you she is under a great deal of stress.  I see two things that give me pause, but normally we like to see three things to definitely state that it is likely she is not telling the truth.

Watch the above video and notice the area above her right eye, see the line form, this is a clear sign of stress.

When one eyebrow raises more than the other we call this a "skeptics eyebrow" - she may be skeptical of her own words. As always we must be careful to compare what we see in the above video to her baseline, so here is a screen shot from a video where we do not see this expression.

When I look at other videos where she is interacting with people, or speaking in front of the camera I do not see this expression, occasionally I see stress.  Stress usually starts on the right side of her eyebrows and will move over to the left, but the differences between the two eyebrows are never as large as we see in the above video when she is speaking about her migraines.


Body Language Expert Sindy Martin Shows You Signs Of Lying, More About Casey Anthony


Lamar Odom Fake Smile

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

Some might think this is contempt, but since he is attempting to smile and both sides of his mouth are not going upward equally, it is a faked smile.◦

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Bachelorette: Homecoming Greeting

You can often learn about the strength of a relationship by the greeting. This is especially important in business, and most especially in negotiations. It can reveal things about each other's heart... and how comfortable they are with each other. Here we see the 4 finalists on the Reality show, "The Bachelorette" greet each other.

Ashley and Constantine

He does not seem excited, but she runs up to him. But one thing is, he is more into her than she is to him.

Ashley and Ames

Notice how they very quickly clear each other's personal space, this is a clear sign that there is not a sexual or even a friendly connection. Notice how when they walk together they are 3 feet from each other, not a normal distance you'd expect from a couple "dating."

Ashley and Ben

Definitely some excitement going on here, she is the most excited about meeting him and even jumps into his arms.  They remain close and and very comfortable being in each other personal space.  If I'd base the winner on only the greeting he would win.  I have to say something I have learned (because my wife and daughter force me to watch these shows so I can give them some insight who she likes the most, etc) that there is always a inner struggle to choose the perfect mate between sexual attraction and personality/demeanor/provider role attraction.  Ben wins the sexual attraction award for this Bachelorette.

Ashley and JP

JP is the first one she does not run up to, I believe this is because she knows he would not appreciate it,  because of his personality, she adopts a more reserved greeting, but intimate.  I also notice how she is ready for the hug to be over well before he is, when she releases a hand and adjusts her hair.  Then they interlock fingers, which is something she does with Ben.  I believe there are mixed messages and this is a clear case where internally she is undecided and unsure of her decisions.

In my opinion JP and Ben will be in the finals of this season.◦

Jaycee Dugard's Book

Amazing story of survival. I see a couple of micro expressions, letting me know that while she appears to be doing well, she still has some ways to go, who wouldn't?

I read the book and can recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the mind of predators (Phillip and Nancy Garrido) and the enduring spirit to survive... and understand more about Stockholm's Syndrome and why she never ran or screamed out who she was those few times she was in public.

As someone  who studies criminal behavior there are some things that stand out about this case:

  •   Phillip Garrido's choice to be a pedophile was made because children are easily targets, can be manipulated, can be overpowered and controlled, and there is more opportunity to kidnap a child  compared to an adult.  Phillip was not interested in her innocence.
  • Phillip and Nancy had some sort of nurturing drive-albeit sick-  and Jaycee was part of this.  They considered the kidnapping and imprisonment as a sort of family unit. Many kidnapped victims that are held for a period longer than 2-24 hours in confinement are usually murdered when the perpetrator becomes bored with them or fears that having possession of them will result in their arrest.  They never were bored and she never said they said or acted like she was a burden to them.  In fact it appears there were other opportunities where they could have kidnapped another girl but did not (it was released that Nancy would lure little girls into their van where they would video tape the little girl doing things like the splits).
  • "Possession" in the above paragraph is a key word, to captors they are not thought of as another human being, but rather another possession.  The choice of victim is very important, some criminals choose who is easiest to obtain (prostitute, older individual, or child), or what they normally would not be able to obtain through a normal relationship.
  • Phillip was an undiagnosed Violent Psychopath, if you are unsure of what this is I can highly recommend Former FBI Agent, Joe Navarro's Kindle Edition of How to Spot a Psychopath (2011 2nd Edition)where he outlines a 150 point checklist.  Phillip Garrido meets roughly 95% of the items on the checklist.
  • Many manipulative 'techniques' that captors normally use use were not used by the Garridos: such as your parents do not want you back;  I will hurt or kill your family; there is a group of people that will hurt you if you try to escape- and will hurt your family; etc.  Only once- it was mentioned- that he employed a fear tactic by saying , he may have to sell her to others who will keep her in a cage, so she would not cry as much during the abuse.
  • There are eerie similarities between Jaycee's and Elizabeth Smart's captivity, among them include: Both captors thought they were communicating with God; both captors had odd enough personalities and piercing eyes, so people avoided contact with them; and both had wives that allowed and help the captors commit the ongoing crimes.

I feel for Jaycee and hope that she can overcome this and lead a happy life.

I highly recommend Jaycee's book.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Royal Wedding: Prince Albert of Monaco and his Now Wife, Charlene... Where's the Love?

Well it was a wedding, but it seemed very strange to me. They did not seem to be in love, or at all happy during what is supposed to be "the most wonderful day of their life."

Charlene's tears are real, but are they happy or sad tears? Happy tears usually occur when a person is overwhelmed with intense emotion- these are sad tears.

Take a look at this video of their kiss, even this is strained.◦

Friday, July 15, 2011

MIT's Media Lab has developed special glasses that read microexpressions.

MIT's Media Lab has developed special glasses. Using a built-in camera linked to software that analyzes facial micro-expressions, the attached earpiece whispers the true interpretation into one's ear. The camera tracks 24 "feature points" on your conversation partner's face; analyzing the micro-expressions, how often they appear, and for how long. Then it compares the collected data with its bank of known expressions.

When MIT researchers Picard and el Kaliouby were calibrating their prototype, they were surprised to find that the average person was only able to interpret, 54 percent of the 24 expressions on real, non-acted faces correctly. They reasoned that most people could use some help reading the real mood of people they were talking with. By contrast, the software correctly identifies 64 percent of the expressions.◦

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Four Clues I See: Riveting Raw Video Footage of Parole Officer Searching the Home Where Jaycee Dugard was Being Held in Backyard.

Authorities release video recorded by of Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the couple who held Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years. This raw video shows a parole officer searching the home of the Garridos during the time Dugard was being held captive in their backyard.

Notice the following signs:
  • When does Nancy Garrido confront the officer? As he is preparing to search the back of the house and is moving closer to the backyard. Anytime someone becomes more confrontational in a situation like this, you are getting closer to what they are hiding. It is their way of distracting and in a small way explaining why they feel justified in committing a crime.

  • Notice Phillip's shirt... At first it is unbuttoned; this is more relaxed and comfortable. When he is in the back of the house he buttons the shirt. This is a subtle/subconsciously way to provide himself protection. It is interesting, when people know they are about to be arrested and cuffed, almost always there is some sort of preening and adjusting that occurs, because they know they will no longer have the freedom to make themselves look better when their hands are cuffed behind their backs.

  • Notice how she does not comply with the officer instructions as he moves into the backyard. She wants to see how closely he will inspect the backyard and is obviously nervous.

  • Lastly, in the book Crime Signals: How to Spot a Criminal Before You Become a Victim author David Givens explains an interesting phenomenon that occurs to houses where the people are hiding some sort of crime/problem/issue, they always keep the blinds closed so people cannot see into the house.  It even occurs when the people living in the house are not closing the blinds to hide an actual object, they are closed all the time. This is sometimes done subconsciously (as in the example in the above book where he describes a situation where a father was systematically abusing his family over years.)  Another interesting behavior that people do is, if someone from a house is arrested, most of the time they close their blinds and keep them closed for an extend period of time.  In the video, I also see a fence in the front yard.  Fences provide the home owner an inner feeling of protection; even if it is short enough for almost anyone to easily hop over, as we see in the Garrido's front yard.  


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

An Article You Should Check out: Counting the beats, The understanding of emotions and how they influence behaviour is advancing.

Counting the beats | Features | Research

Saturday, July 9, 2011

An Article You Should Check Out: Evaluating Truthfulness and Detecting Deception

In the latest version of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Evaluating Truthfulness and Detecting Deception
By David Matsumoto, Hyi Sung Hwang, Lisa Skinner, and Mark Frank
By recognizing certain clues, investigators effectively can identify deception.


Friday, July 8, 2011

An Article You Should Check Out: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Getting Duped

5 Things You Didn't Know About Getting Duped

Written by Bella DePaulo who is an expert on the social psychology of deceiving and detecting deceit. She discussed her deception research on the Today show and on Anderson Cooper 360, and in previous years, on other programs such as NBC Nightly News, and the ABC and CBS morning shows.◦

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Body Language Expert, Sindy Martin Talks About the Trial and Verdict in the Anthony Trial