3 key takeaways from a forensic psychologist about crime con

Not able to make it to Crime Con #HouseArrest a few weeks ago?

No worries, the Uncovered team has you… well...covered. Not only that, our team forensic psychologist even Cliffs-Noted three key takeaways to pique the interest of any Citizen Detective.

Interrogation 101

We’ve heard a lot about police interrogation techniques in the media lately. Mostly it’s the bad stuff that sends chills up our spines and makes us realize how easily things can go sideways. Fil Waters, in his presentation “The Art of the Interrogation”, showed us that building rapport with suspects is the most effective way to get the information needed. He emphasized showing suspects respect and treating them as a person.

Bluffing, or deliberately misleading a suspect, should be used rarely because it can undermine the credibility of law enforcement and their ability to interview successfully. Research has shown that "bluffing", along with some other controversial police interrogation "tactics" leads to a greater likelihood of false confessions.

The importance of mental health

Jessie Buttafuoco and Matt Gutman led an interesting discussion about dealing with her mom being shot by her husband’s teenage lover, and the subsequent sensationalization of her parent’s case affected her life. It did a fantastic job of emphasizing the importance of mental health and self-care. Reaching out for help can be fraught with stigmatization, and they sought to bring the message that it should not be that way. They also did an outstanding job of talking about the real-life consequences of people who find themselves in the spotlight and of PTSD.

Suspect profiles + accurate data collection

Dr. Casey Jordan, along with Billy Jensen, led a fascinating discussion into the Faith Hedgepeth case. An important takeaway for me was that when you’re working on a cold case, you shouldn’t assume all the facts collected in the initial police report are accurate. This is a point in time document and based only on what they knew then. We also learned about contraindications or intentional actions that are done by the person who committed the crime to send a case in the wrong direction.

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