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.