Only the best of
the best use this technique. This method is for any investigator
with a need to examine crime or deception to solve crime.
Statement Analysis is
now being used by the FBI, the Secret Service, and many other
federal agencies; it is being used by law enforcement agencies and
military agencies throughout the U.S., Canada, and Australia; by
bank and insurance investigators; and by private industry.
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Simply put, Statement Analysis is a kind of linguistic polygraph.
Let's take a look at the following example in which a father
writes about the events surrounding the death of his infant son.
"Around 5:00am / 5:30am I, John A. Woods Jr., was in the process of
giving my son, John A. Woods III, his scheduled feeding. During this
feeding he bucked & fell approx. 2ft. to the floor, hitting his head
on the floor. His body landed head first; I attempted to catch him
but was unsuccessful. When I picked him up he cried for about 90
sec. then started to gag. His eyes were glazed. I immediately
If you were the investigator on this case, what would you
do? Would you (a) feel sorry for the young dad and have pity for
his loss, or (b) interrogate him for murdering his eight-week-old
son? To an ordinary citizen, this looks like the description of a
tragedy. To an investigator like Detective Ken Driscoll of the
Baltimore Police Department, it looks like an inadvertent confession
of murder. John A. Woods, Jr. did kill his infant son, and the
words he used in this statement allowed investigators the inside
knowledge they needed to interrogate him and gain his confession.
Detective Driscoll originally studied statement analysis
under Avinoam Sapir of the Israeli Police Department, a man
considered a pioneer in this field. After 10 years of study Det.
Driscoll has taken his training a step further, developing an online
training course, and a computer program to aid analysts in
marking-up and analyzing statements.
Det. Driscoll notes, "As police officers and
investigators, we frequently question people who may be being
dishonest or who may have an interest in hiding information."
For every pile of lies, an investigator needs a way of sifting out
the truth, new techniques and methods to help distinguish facts from
fiction. "TheirWords: Linguistic Polygraph Training" can
help investigators do just that.
Various systems of deception detection have been devised
throughout history. Some depend on analyzing the subject's body
language; one consists of watching the movements of the subject's
eyes. Nevertheless, gestures vary with nationality and culture and
can be misleading to someone unfamiliar with the rules and code of
the subject's society. Here in the United States, with a population
of many cultures, body language and eye movement can be confusing
sometimes even throwing the investigator off track. By contrast,
Linguistic Polygraph Training is simple, easy to understand, and
comes with lifetime technical support from its instructors.
Let's take a look at how easy this technique can be. In the
John A. Woods statement, Mr. Woods said, "Around 5:00am / 5:30am I,
John A. Woods Jr. was in the process of giving my son, John A. Woods
III, his scheduled feeding. During this feeding he bucked & fell
approx. 2ft. to the floor hitting his head on the floor. "Notice how
the writer is not taking any personal responsibility for this
incident. Stating that "he bucked" and "[he] fell," Mr. Woods
implies that it is the baby's own fault that he fell to the floor.
Maybe this would be more believable if the baby were eight years
old, but that's hardly the case here.
Nevertheless, the most telltale statement of all is the next
one. Mr. Woods continues by saying, "His body landed head first."
When writing, we naturally try to say things in the shortest and
easiest way possible. Here we have to ask ourselves why Mr. Woods
didn't simply phrase this statement in the shorter, more natural:
"He landed head first." Why, at this point, would Mr. Woods describe
his supposedly still-living baby as a "body"? The best answer? The
baby was dead, or believed to be dead, before he hit the floor...and
Mr. Woods knew it.
When re-interviewed, the writer of this statement broke down
and cried, telling investigators that his son's crying for more than
an hour got to him. He lost control and yanked his son out of his
crib by his leg, not realizing that in jerking him so forcefully he
had just broken his son's leg, which naturally caused the baby cry
louder and harder. At this point, John A. Woods Jr. became enraged
and began shaking his son until his son stopped crying...and
breathing. Realizing he just killed his son, he staged the fall by
sitting on the edge of his couch and dropping his son's body head
first to the floor. This guy nearly got away with murder, and might
have escaped prosecution altogether if not for Statement Analysis.
Statement Analysis Works
Statement Analysis depends entirely upon analyzing written or
verbal statements. The basic premise is that the structure and
content of a subject's statement will reveal when there is an
attempt at deception. We all write in different ways, with different
characteristic choices of words, and what we use words for is to
define our reality. When we lie, we're trying to juggle two things
in our minds at the same time: the real events and the invented or
disguised version of them. The language we use reflects that
tension -- and when it does, the language we use does not follow our
For instance, word choices can reveal whether a statement
comes from the memory or from the imagination. When the statement
begins to address the central incident, some subjects change to the
present tense. Most verb tense changes indicate that the statement
is being made up as the writer/speaker is going along. This is a
case of "constructing" the statement rather than "re- constructing"
the incident. Gaps in the narrative also betray deception. The
statement, "I don't remember" in an open statement often
conceals a critical detail which the speaker would rather forget --
or at least avoid mentioning. Delay tactics also signal deception,
and in fact, most deceptive stories (80%-90%) push the main issue
the statement is supposed to address to the end of the statement and
do not continue the narrative after that. They end abruptly or not
at all, as if they didn't want to tell the big lie and waited as
long as possible to do it. Another difference between truthful and
deceptive statements is that most deceptive stories do not mention
emotion, and those that do locate the emotions rationally, near the
most threatening point. Finally, some subjects cleverly pose their
own questions to avoid revealing information. In short, for every
liar, there are innumerable ways to lie -- but every one of them
involves a linguistic choice. Statement Analysis studies speech
patterns, seeking revealing signs of deception by analyzing both the
structure and contents of a statement.
Experienced investigators know that the most difficult way to
obtain useful information is the simple question-and-answer method,
which usually results in the subject answering "yes" or "no". The
point in eliciting a statement is to ask open-ended questions. This
is done to avoid prompting the subject and encourage a naturalness,
with the subject providing new information in response to your
Investigators should ask very few detailed questions to avoid
introducing their own information (case facts/findings) into the
subject's statements. By giving the subject, little information and
coaching, the investigator seeks to obtain an uncontaminated version
of the events. Most subjects will talk with relatively little
encouragement or prompting. Even if the subject shows signs of
reluctance, it's often possible to persuade them into making a
statement. Eliciting a statement is not a 50/50 proposal. A
successful interview would have the subject speaking about 95% of
the time, and the investigator only about 5%. This minimizes the
investigator's contribution to the final statement.
Dependable is Statement Analysis?
Because Statement Analysis depends only upon the subject's
statement, it is a "cold" technique. The bottom line is that with
proper training, Statement Analysis is potentially more capable of
development into a precise technique.
Statement Analysis is a versatile method because it is free
from the constraints that limit other techniques. The subject is
therefore unaware that his statement will be the object of
specialized treatment and analysis. This technique has also been
used to weed out false statements such as, robbery, abduction, rape,
theft, or other crimes, and the best part of this is these
statements are practically handed to you by the alleged "victim"
without any questions.
As far as the education level of the writer speaker, it
doesn't matter. What's far more important than a subject's grammar
and spelling in comparison to the norm is the subject's use of
language in comparison to himself.
Unlike both the polygraph and the voice stress analysis
method, Statement Analysis does not require high-tech equipment,
only a pencil and paper. Like other psychological and behavioral
techniques, such as body language, profiling, etc. Statement
Analysis serves to focus an investigation. It cannot be an end in
itself, but can prove to be an invaluable tool for an investigator
looking for vulnerable points in a seemingly seamless alibi.
In short, learning and applying this technique will change
your career for the better.
Software and the Course
It's not necessary to see the subject to analyze his
statement. The interview is only necessary to obtain a statement.
The tool for Statement Analysis is really the statement itself and
the trained investigator's mind. The investigator goes over the
statement word by word, line by line, picking out important and
With "Forensic Analysis Software for
a software macro developed by Det. Driscoll to assist in annotating
statements for analysis, the analysis will be easy because it can be
completed quickly, consistently, and accurately. Det. Driscoll's
online course was designed with the investigator on-the-go in mind.
The online course offers all of the training an investigator would
need in a concise five-day online training course. This course was
designed to offer you one-on-one training that can be completed at
the student's own pace, an hour or less a day, with available help
every step of the way. Det. Driscoll will answer your questions
anytime; he'll assist you with any statements you may have questions
about, he'll even add you to his online discussion group, a group of
experienced analysts that review statements in minute detail as part
of their training, practice, and exercise.
There is no better way to learn this technique, and no better
training available. Det. Driscoll is an experienced police
detective. As an investigator, he is one of you. He understands
what it is you want and need to do the job. When the five days of
this course are over, your training doesn't have to end, as you get
lifetime technical support, the online discussion group, the
certificate of completion and all the perks of attending the
classroom training. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to send
an email to Donald Bender, at
1164 Euclid Ave
Berkeley, CA 94708
Voice: (510) 527-5675
Fax: (510) 528-0184
Statement Analysis advantage
This course on
Statement Analysis will pay
for itself as soon as you start using it
on the job on the first day that you return from the
course or after completing the course online.
have learned Statement Analysis
agree that this course and technique
is the best investment in their law enforcement career.
you what you need to know - and enables you to tap the vast
resources of information around you.
Online Discussion Group
you can continue your training for as long as you want or