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Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation

2nd Edition

By David E. Zulawski, Douglas E. Wicklander, Shane G. Sturman, L. Wayne Hoover

CRC Press

552 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2001-09-14
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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:

Telephone interviewing

False Confessions

Field Interviewing

Sexual Harassment Interviewing

Confronting the Alleged Harrasser

Pre-employment Interviewing

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.


"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

Table of Contents

Introduction/Overview of the Process

Preparation and Strategy

Legal Aspects

*Memory and False Confessions

Interpretation of Verbal and Physical Behavior

Causes of Denials


*Why People Confess

Establishing Credibility/The Accusation

Reducing Resistance-Rationalizations


Obtaining the Admission

Development of the Admission

The Statement

Ending the Interview

*Frequently Asked Questions

*Telephone Interviewing

*Specialized Interviews

About the Authors


*Indicates new chapter

About the Series

Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science