|Truth or Deception?|
As requested: Below is the full transcript of the interview given by Charlie Rogers.
Please note that in the news stories that carried this case, media left out some critical sentences from their text.
Charlie Rogers reported to police that she was the victim of a "hate crime" in which three masked men entered her home, assaulted her, tied her up, and carved slurs into her flesh. She reported that then they spray painted slurs in her basement, poured gasoline around the house, and lit it in fire, making this crime attempted murder. She reportedly escaped, ran naked to a neighbor's house, where she told the neighbor about the attack. The neighbor said that Rogers had recently lost her job and had attempted to volunteer to work with children but was turned down due to lesbianism.
Police are investigated and reported that Rogers agreed to talk to the FBI. Because it was reported as a "hate crime", her name was kept confidential to protect her.
Statement Analysis is in bold type. Italics and underlining are added for emphasis in the analysis.
Rogers reportedly came forward, using her name, to combat accusations that she had lied. To date, I have not been able to find any media reports that questioned the veracity of the account.
In Statement Analysis, we look for linguistic indicators of veracity, ranging from the most elementary (she tells us, herself, "I told the truth") to the more complex (use of sensory detail) in order to discern truth from deception.
Many people feel intuitively that someone is either truthful or deceptive. Each person, upon hearing (and watching) this video, makes a decision to believe the account, or to question it. With Statement Analysis, we are able to not only give an opinion, but are able to express the specific reasons why we believe the statement to be truthful or deceptive.
The horrific nature of the reported crime is one that has caught the nation's attention. This means that many will be viewing Statement Analysis for the first time. Statement Analysis dates back to the time of King Solomon and is based upon the very language that one uses, presupposing that someone is truthful.
With this presupposition, we are then to move from word to word, with an expectation of truth. If we are 'surprised' by what is not expected, we note this carefully, allowing the subject (speaker) to guide us along the way.
Eventually, the analyst will draw a conclusion: Truthful, Deceptive, or Inconclusive. Given the length of the sample here, an analyst should be able to rule out "Inconclusive" in his conclusion.
First we have the statement in its entirety, as aired by media, followed by its repetition with emphasis and analysis in bold type. In the color coding schematic of Scientific Content Analysis, blue is the highest on the sensitivity scale.
"Being a victim in a situation like this, or a survivor, um, and then having your, uh, integrity questioned I guess, it feels very victimizing again. It feels very, uh, saddening, uh, it makes an already difficult situation more difficult. Um. Because you know my world, has been changed forever by these events and and uh, so that the idea that that people think its a lie so, uh, it's hurtful.
It's understandable, I mean, intellectually, I understand that people sort of have a hard time wrapping their heads around the events that have happened as do I.
Um, but I'm a person, you know. With feelings, with concerns and just so uh, it feels like I don't know, like a punch in the stomach, kinda. Like a betrayal.
Instead of the focus being on safety and healing and the investigation the whole things turned into a defense and it starts to feel like, oh, you know like, you know it doesn't even become about the situation. It becomes something about all together different and then I started to feel like a pawn in a game. That isn't my game, you know. This isn't, you know, I didn't ask for this, I don't want this, and so you know the, I , whatever peoples intentions are or are not, um, it is important to me that they understand, for myself and future victims, hopefully there will be none but.
People are people. Agendas are agendas and I think that this is so important that we distinguish between those two things. Um. I was hurt. And, like what matters is the story. You know? That's awful. It feels awful to me. This is an investigation. This is a crime. This is not, it deserves a level of respect. I know when these sorts of things happen, it, it ignites fires and that's a good thing, in some ways, um, it can also be a very bad thing. Um.
I'm not a pawn in a game, you know. I'm a person and it very much feels like I'm being used as a pawn. I want people to know I'm not afraid. I want other victims to know that it is important to come forward. I also wanted some control over what was happening in the media. Um. And I though that the best way to do that was to do it myself. I want people to understand. Maybe you don't know me.
But you probably know somebody that something like this has happened to. So, for people to think that this doesn't happen here; it does. It did.
Everyone is worthy of safety, of justice and of fairness and I'm not hiding from this anymore. There is fear, but there is resilience, you know, there is, forward." (end of statement)
In expectation of truth, what is it that we look for?
The subject reported a horrific attack. We expect her to assert that she was attacked.
Since the attack was very violent, we have an expectation of sensory description. Victims of violent attacks often talk about things they sensed, through sight, smell, or touch. This is a signal that someone is entering into experiential memory and being truthful. Some examples include:
"the smell of motor oil on his hands", "his breath smelled like beer", "his hands were cold..." or the feel of the knife used to cut, the sound of the gunshot, and so on. We all have a connection with the past through our senses which firms the events in our memory.
We expect rage at anyone who questions the account. When someone is the victim of an attack, there is no possible acceptance that it did not happen: it is too real, too painful, too close. Anyone who says otherwise will be met with a harsh reaction.
We expect to hear fear. The three attackers are on the loose, and even when someone wishes to conceal fear, it is evident.
Because she reportedly came forward and gave her name due to her veracity being challenged, we have an easy expectation that she will connect herself to the attack. This is done simply, without qualification, by the single most used word in the English language: "I." We expect to hear, "I was attacked" and "I told the truth." We would not expect her to not say these things, nor to qualify with "I think I told the truth..." or, "I think it happened," Both the absence and the qualification would be flagged for deception on such a plainly horrific violent attack. The statement here is in italics, as we break it down for signals of truth or deception. We seek to learn; Is memory playing? Does she speak from experiential memory?
We let the subject guide us.
People do not like to lie; therefore, they simply leave out information rather than directly lie and cause internal stress.
The following is 464 Words.
Because this is not an account of the attack, we are unable to measure the statement on its form.
Of the 464 words, we now count commonly expected words in a violent crime situation
1. The word "attack" is used: 0 Times
2. The word "crime" is used: 1 Time
3. The word "truth" is used: 0 Times
4. The word "assault" is used: 0 Times
5. The word "danger" is used: 0 Times
6. The word "pain" is used: 0 Times
7. The word "cut" is used 0 Times
8. The word "violated" is used 0 Times
9. The word "blood", (in any form) 0 Times
10. The word "arrest" is used 0 Times
11. The word "violent" is used: 0 Times
12. The word "pain" 0 Times
13. The word "cruel" 0 Times
14. The word "hurt" is used 2 Times (emotional, not physical)
15. The word "pawn" is used 3 times.
16. The word "agenda" is used 2 times.
17. The word "people" is used 8 times.
18. The word "person" is used 2 times.
These are all terms expected in reporting such a violent, sadistic crime. Their absence is noted.