As an investigator, I am tasked with getting a confession. To do this, we use the Reid Technique.
It is the standard method you see in the movies and TV programmes, good cop/bad cop exchanges, pushing the interviewee to agree and admit to the crime, as we can *help* them if they do; if they don’t, they will be thrown to the wolves.
The technique works as follows:
1 – Direct confrontation; tell the suspect we have evidence they committed the crime. Only those of weak mental fortitude confess now.
2 – Tell the suspect it was not their fault, *I’d* have done the same.
3 – Discourage the suspect from denying their guilt, tell them you know why they’ve done it.
4 – The suspect will try to convince you why they did not commit the crime.
5 – Be sincere with the suspect, try to win them over.
6 – If the suspect becomes quiet, wait for them to talk. If they become emotional, assume guilt.
7 – Give them options, one where they are seen to be acting socially acceptably, the other they are a monster.
8 – Make the suspect repeat their admission of guilt in front of other officers.
9 – Allow the suspect to document their confession either by hand or recorded.
As an investigator, I have targets. Hitting these targets means bonuses; my family can live comfortably.
You have no idea how exciting it is to get a confession from a scumbag criminal.
You have no idea how much more exhilarating it is if you know they’re innocent.