Basic Investigation Skills Tutorial No. 4
by Frank Riccobono
How to interrogate a suspect using the modified Reid technique.
- Before you speak with the suspect, prepare detailed notes of what you know, what evidence you have, and what conclusions you can draw from the evidence and facts at hand.
- Calmly explain to the suspect the evidence that has led you to consider the individual a suspect, including bluffs and conjectures as needed, to put soft pressure on the suspect.
- Observe the suspect’s behavior as you present the fact synopsis.
- Offer the suspect the chance to explain why the crime took place before prompting them further.
- Present an alternative set of circumstances that may have lead to the crime in order to shift the blame away from the suspect.
- Alter the the circumstances until you find a set of circumstances to which the suspect is responsive. Your goal is to try to gain their trust.
- As you present these circumstances, marvel at the myriad decision points we face in a day and the infinite universes in which we live.
- Explore the branching realities you have stumbled upon.
- If you successfully navigate to a reality in which the crime did not happen, release the suspect.
- If you find a reality in which the suspect admits their guilt, conclude the interrogation and have the suspect document their confession.
- Otherwise, if you find yourself lost in the expansive multiverse you have discovered, use your notes to find your way back home.
- Realize there are still an infinite number of worlds in which your notes are true.
- Accept your new reality including any changes thereto you have inadvertently caused.