Reid Interrogation Case Study

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When a crime takes place, authorities’ number one priority is to obtain a confession. Unfortunately, in order to do this, investigators use mental manipulation on their suspects. Interrogators would keep the person in a room for hours, and continuously accuse them of a crime that sometimes the person being interrogated did not commit. This pressure would result on an individual giving a false confession. According to the Innocence Project (2014) people usually give out false confession because they believe that if they comply with the police, it will benefit them and help them prove their innocence in the future. The most popular way of getting confessions is through the Reid Interrogation method. This nine step interrogation technique has …show more content…
Since the beginning of the interrogation, he kept on insisting that he did not do it but every time he did, the investigators kept interrupting him. He almost seemed hopeless. As the video progressed and the hours passed, we could see by his body language how tired and mentally exhausted he was. When the investigators started to say that the peoplearound started pointing his fingers at him, he then realized that this was a lost cause. Larry Rothi gave a Coerced-Compliant false confession. This type of confession is caused by being pressured during the interrogation process to confess and to avoid a harsh punishment (Shwartz, 2016). Just like the case of the Norfolk Four, Mr. Rothi was pressured into signing a confession not because he committed the crime, but because he was pressured and threatened of a harsh punishment. In fact, the sister of Mr. Rothi launched a campaign called “Free Woody” (Larry, 2012). On the website, she assures that he did not shoot the gun and that the gun was not his. She also claims that Larry did not even touch the gun, the shot came from a party where there was multiple people, but the only picked Richard, the owner of the house, and

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