Friday, January 28, 2011
Now that the cousin has been arrested, did the husband know? Is he involved?
His own statements will tell us. Thus far, we have one sample, howbeit small, that raises red flags, especially the inclusion of emotions.
Police should listen carefully when he speaks, in particular, to any questions he asks.
If he asks any hypothetical questions about the case being tied to him, it is a red flag for guilt.
Here is his statement with the analysis in bold type.
The bold type within his statement is added by me.
"My first initial thought, someone she knows must have stopped by and she must have gone to town or something real quick and she figured she'd be back because she knows I'm home by lunch. I took a cruise up town and still nothing and that's when I came back and she still wasn't here and I was starting to get little worried. So at that point I was really getting worried. I had no clue and I called her parents and they came over and hung out with me and said 'don't worry until the boys get off the bus. If they get home and she's not here, then we'll start worrying.' We need Amy back home where she belongs, where she's safe. I need to hold my wife"
1. "First initial thought" would mean that he had other initial thoughts and a 2nd thought that we would want to ask about.
2. "must have" is certain. We now know it was someone she knew and it appears the husband was certain of this as well.
3. Note that "cruise" is casual language. We would ask follow up questions about this, including thoughts and emotions at the point where he was only "cruising" and not looking for her. This also sounds like a pick up activity to meet women. It is unusual, especially given the circumstances.
4. Please note that "little worried" is in the perfect logical place in the account, meaning that it is indicative of deception and placed there as a means to persuade. Emotions take time to process and they are usually included after the account is complete. Here it is in the logical place which is not where emotions are found normally.
5. "so, therefore, since, because, hence, etc" are sensitive since the subject needs to explain why, rather than report what happened. This needs to be explored.
6. He had "no clue" but called her parents, meaning he had a clue.
7. "...hung out with me " shows distance between him and the parents, in spite of saying "hung out" which is casual. The word "with" between people shows distance. Her parents' opinion of the husband is likely important..
8. Note that She is "Amy" when she is not there, and "my wife" when (if) she is in his arms, which she is not.
9. Note that she can be "safe" when she is at home; indicating that he feels or knows that if she is not home, she is not "safe".
This is usually heard in child abuse cases.
Police need to re interview him.