PS2200 - Criminal Investigation
Unit 04 Assignment 01
As the lead homicide investigator for this case I had recently learned that the crime lab has concluded that the finger print that was recovered belonged to the boyfriend, they were from a piece of notebook paper found under the body of the victim. Interviews are conducted in criminal cases for the purpose of gathering information from people who have, or may have, knowledge needed in the investigation. (Swanson, Chamelin, Territo & Taylor, 2012) However with the information that was recently learned from the evidence that was collected and analyzed by the crime lab, the interview with the boyfriend would now be conducted as an interrogation. Interrogation as opposed to interviewing is designed to match acquired information to a particular suspect in order to secure a confession; it is the process of testing that information and its application to a particular suspect. By means of interrogation we would be able to eliminate the innocent or identify the guilty. (Swanson, Chamelin, Territo & Taylor, 2012)
There are circumstance’s where the investigator may go directly from an interview to an interrogation occurs when the suspect exhibits a clear indication of wanting to confess during the interview. This could possibly occur early during an interview when the suspect becomes confused, attempting to change his alibi or perhaps when he is asked a question such as “why where your prints located on a piece of paper underneath the body of the deceased victim)?” and the suspect puts his head down and simply shakes his head implying a denial. At any moment an interview can become an interrogation, there are situations where an investigator may go directly from an interview and into an interrogation, or take a pause between the two.
The investigator could step out of the room for a few minutes to review his notes, review the case file, and talk to another investigator or to make a