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Statement Analysis

Narrative Statement Analysis (NSA)

The NSA method discovers clues from previously unrecognized content as contained within a variety of documents and transcripts. It is most valuable in the detection of deception within written word documents; e.g., available depositions, handwritten accounts, and police statements.

Documentary clues of possible deception within written statements are exhibited in particular patterns. Clusters of likely deception are seen in the specific editing, atypical grammar, atypical choice of verb-subject and unusual phrases that are not idiosyncratic to the individual. These clues can provide direction to the next step of forensic elicitation interviewing.

Forensic Statement Analysis is the process by which one's written account or spoken words during an interview or within a deposition are analyzed to determine truth and deception. Our success rests in obtaining and preserving the statement in its original form of either a voice recording or as handwritten to avoid contamination.

Forensic Statement Analysis has been successfully applied in civil and criminal investigations to determine the veracity of the subject's account, ownership of actions, and effort to deceive. This method has proven useful in helping determine false accusations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and assault.

Threshold Assessment (TA)

The Threshold Assessment (TA) is an initial investigative report that reviews the current evidence. It weighs specifics of the case as to what is known and not known of the events as provided from multiple sources.

This process lends an overview of relevant established case facts. It provides an initial hypothesis of motivational behaviors and offers suggestions for the investigative means to improve fact finding evidence. The TA contains a "to-do list" with priorities suggesting the direction of further fact finding strategies.

Forensic Elicitation Interview (FEI)

Forensic elicitation interviewing (FEI) seeks to verify the data gathered from human intelligence.

The Forensic Interviewer has an understanding of the legal aspects of the interview in order to prevent valuable case information from becoming inadmissible. It is an ethical, legal, and non-coercive fact-finding method.

This method serves three goals: Additional fact finding; Determining the likelihood of a false-positive witness; Identifying the likelihood that the witness could be affected by a mental impairment or is merely reluctant, resistive, or disruptive.

Behavioral Evidence Analysis (BEA)

Behavioral Evidence Analysis (BEA) confirms and deduces the relationships and motivation for acting in a given event. This procedure is also useful in differentiating the four types of mens rea and the degree of culpability.

BEA is a process of critical deductive analysis using all available evidence. It is based upon an idiographic study of the uniqueness of individuals and their relationship to the facts. It does not rely upon the nomothetic basis, one that simply attempts to predict particular attributes found within a statistical group. BEA conclusions are made from critical deductive reasoning. Every case begins with a hypothesis which is tested by the scientific method beginning with the Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH) model. ACH is based on insights acquired from research in decision analysis, cognitive psychology, and the scientific method. Reducing the potential for avoidable error is the foundation of our Behavioral Evidence Analysis.

The BEA yields a summary report of high credibility and may include a visual map - a graphical flow chart of the evidence and its relationships -- helping the viewer understand the developed conclusion.