Inbau: 9 steps of interrogation

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Direct confrontation
The suspect is told directly that they are thought to have committed the offence that they are being questioned for.
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Chance to shift the blame
Offered some suggestions or justifications for what might have happened.
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Do not allow denial of guilt.
Interrupt any attempts at denial.
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Ignore suspect reasoning.
At this point the suspect will often try to give reasons why they could not have committed the crime. Try to use this to move towards a confession by ignoring them. Eventually the suspect will give up trying.
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Reinforce sincerity
To ensure that the suspect is receptive by staying close, eye contact, first name use etc.
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Move to offering alternatives.
The suspect will eventually become quieter and will listen more. At this point move towards offering alternatives.
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The 'alternative question'
Pose the 'alternative question'. This gives the suspect two choices, one more socially acceptable, but both admitting certain guilt.
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Admit in front of witness
Get the suspect to admit guilt in front of witnesses.
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Document admission
Document the admission and get suspect to sign the confession to avoid retraction later.
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Chance to shift the blame

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Offered some suggestions or justifications for what might have happened.

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Do not allow denial of guilt.

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Ignore suspect reasoning.

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Reinforce sincerity

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