I’ve got a post drafted that I’m hoping will make its way up by the end of the week. It’s some more babbling about how not only should the innocent not talk to the police, but about how they actually have less incentive to do so (compared to the guilty). It talks a lot about how police use something called the Reid technique.
Anyhow, for giggles, I’ve been brushing up on my Reid Technique by reading Essentials of the Reid Technique: Criminal Interrogation and Confessions. I had to go all the way to page 6 to find the following:
An interrogation is conducted only when the investigator is reasonably certain of the suspect’s guilt…
Just a few paragraphs below, on the very same page, it says the following:
The majority of interrogations are conducted under circumstances in which the investigator does not have overwhelming evidence that implicates the suspect…
So, the cops are going to use this extremely persuasive psychological weaponry on you when they think you are guilty but don’t really have the evidence to show it? Do you really think it’s a good idea to talk to the cops, even though you have nothing to hide? This, my friends, is just part of why false confessions can happen
More on this later in the week.