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This text looks at the various strategies and techniques of interviewing and interrogating witnesses, victims and suspects. Topics include: types of interviews, crime scene considerations, deciding to interrogate, The Right To Remain Silent, interrogation techniques, interrogation props, defensive measures, recording the confession, etc. Gilbert takes a unique "offender-based" strategy that focuses on the offender and the witness type in order to create a more successful process. Rather than strictly examining the practicalities, including interrogation setting, demeanor or plan, Gilbert focuses on the "why" of offender confessions and witness communication.

Steve Gilbert, State University of New York, Canton

Steve Gilbert is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Criminal Investigations Program at SUNY-Canton. He has a Masters Degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University. Gilbert was special agent for the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (1978-1995); Forensic Administrator for Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center; instructor for FEMA's Mass Fatality Incident Response Course; forensic science/criminal justice instructor for the Army. He teaches courses on criminal investigations, introduction to criminal justice, fingerprints and impressions, communications for law enforcement, interviews and interrogations, survey of forensic sciences, medicolegal investigation of death, family victimization, crime causation, crime prevention and sex crimes. Gilbert has conducted research and published articles on forensic hypnosis, forensic analyses of cutting instruments, contrariant serial killers, Meniere's Syndrome, spatial disorientation deaths, Coup and Contrecoup head injuries and the Bertillon Anthropometric System.
  • The text is written from a practitioner's perspective.
  • Gilbert includes discussion questions that raise issues and controversies in the field and to assist students in analyzing current practices and the theories.
  • The text is replete with hundreds of practical examples drawn from real life.
Chapter One: Initial Considerations.
Chapter Two: Ethical Considerations in Interviews and Interrogations.
Chapter Three: Interviewing the Victim.
Chapter Four: Interviewing the Witness.
Chapter Five: The Right to Remain Silent.
Chapter Six: Preparing for the Interrogation.
Chapter Seven: Interrogation Techniques.
Chapter Eight: Who They Are and Why They Talk.
Chapter Nine: Physical and Verbal Indicators of Truth and Deception.
Chapter Ten: Documeting the Confession.
Chapter Eleven: False Confessions.
Chapter Twelve: Forensic Hypnosis.