Joel Rifkin Case Study

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Joel Rifkin, a notorious serial killer had killed seventeen prostitutes from 1989 to 1993. On June 28, 1993 he was interviewed my homicide detectives and a year later he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life. During the investigation he had been interviewed my homicide detectives that were in charge of the murder investigation. Interviewing is a fundamental skill that all members in justice related professions must be equipped with. Knowing how to effectively interview a victim or offender in a criminal case can go a long way. It can help establish important details that have occurred through the case and help law enforcement establish a modus operandi for the offenders. In any criminal investigation the best evidence in court is …show more content…
102). The individual interviewer must not be off topic and the questions asked should be relevant to what the interviewee is talking about (Ivey & Allen, 2016, p. 102). During Rifkin’s interview Safarkis does an excellent job in regards to verbally following him. There is no questions that do not flow or relate with what Rifkin is speaking about. At the 11:04 mark in the video of the interview Safarki inquired about Rifkin’s mom and if she is still alive. As a response Rifkin informs the interviewer that she is and goes on to talk about how she is not happy about he is doing the interview. Safarki stays on topic and does an excellent job of maintaining the subject to which Rifkin is speaking on. At the 11:00 mark in the video Rifkin and Safarki exchange conversation on the topic of Rifkin being bullied as a child. During this conversation Safarki asked a number of implied questions. At 10:55 Safarki asked Rifkin if others saw him as a easy target and how he coped with the taunting. This question that Safarki asked is an example of an implied question. The word taunting has a negative connotation attached with it and it both the interviewer and interviewee were aware of that. Through this set of questioning Safarki remain on topic and he …show more content…
The interviewer should be actively listening to the interviewee, but at the same time he or she should be able to demonstrate restraint and comfort when dealing with difficult questions or topics (Holmgren, 2017, p. 338-339). Soler is an acronym that should be utilized and applied by the interviewer. The interviewee is to be seated in front of the individual conducting the interview (Egan, 1998, p. 63). The interviewer in this scenario should have his arms rested in an open posture (p.63). If the interview has his arms crossed, this may give the interviewee the idea that he is not open minded (p.63). The interviewer should “lean slightly towards” the interviewer (Egan, 1998, p.63). Following this the interviewer should make eye contact with the party he or she is interviewing, the only time the interviewer shouldn’t make contact is when the party who is being interviewed fails to do so (Egan, 1998, p. 68). Lastly the interviewer should be relaxed throughout the duration of the interview (Egan, 1998, p.

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