What makes a person confess to a crime he did not commit? Was he coerced? Is he trying to protect someone else? Interrogation has come under attack as opponents focus on false confessions. However, most cases are still resolved by confession, not forensic evidence. Among the new topics covered in the Second Edition of this bestselling book, Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation focuses on why false confessions exist and how to avoid them.
Written by two experts who have conducted over 15,000 interviews and interrogations from theft to homicide, this book expands on the valuable topics in the previous edition to include discussions of:
Sexual Harassment Interviewing
Confronting the Alleged Harrasser
New Legal Aspects
Frequently Asked Questions
Covering the entire sequence of events that occur during the interview and interrogation process, this book provides a realistic building block approach that allows you to move from a preliminary accusation to an ultimate confession by applying practical rules to the process. It gives you the flexibility to select a number of different paths to proceed in an interrogation of a suspect. Useful in both the law enforcement and private sectors, Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition allows you to deal effectively with the complex problems of interviewing and interrogating victims, witnesses, suspects, and even potential employees.
Table of Contents
Introduction/Overview of the Process
Preparation and Strategy
*Memory and False Confessions
Interpretation of Verbal and Physical Behavior
Causes of Denials
*Why People Confess
Establishing Credibility/The Accusation
Obtaining the Admission
Development of the Admission
Ending the Interview
*Frequently Asked Questions
About the Authors
*Indicates new chapter
"Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation, Second Edition is one of the best. This second edition, written by two of the best-known experts in the field, culls today's best techniques. In straightforward yet engaging prose, the authors cover the entire interviewing and interrogation process, from the simplest to the most advanced techniques. …an excellent book. It deserves to be in the hands of public and private sector professionals alike, as well as on the desks of students interested in either of those fields."
- Henry C. Ruiz, CPP, CPO, in Security Management, October 2002