Interviewing and Interrogation, Second Edition



By Don Rabon, CFE 




The goal in an interrogation, or in any situation where a person with information might be uncooperative, is to effect a transition in willingness – ethically and legally. A successful interrogation becomes, in fact, an interview when the subject grows willing to yield details freely and honestly. In order to initiate this transition, the interrogator/interviewer must understand the subject's motivation, the basics of effective inquiry, and techniques of ethical and legal persuasion. They must also recognize the process by which those interviewed can deceive - and how deception can be detected. This book demonstrates to interviewers the fundamentals of effective inquiry.

Rabon has divided the text into six chapters. Each chapter is organized around the concept of process, which indicates that there is a way to proceed and that the procedure involves specific steps. Each of the first five chapters is followed by a series of questions and is accompanied by an appendix containing exercises designed to reinforce the concepts contained in the chapter. The sixth chapter provides an opportunity to apply the inquiry and persuasion techniques developed in previous chapters to the transcript of an actual interview.

The new edition will place added emphasis on the interview process and the requisite skills of the interviewer. The questioning portion will be expanded as well as the detecting deception portion. In the end it will be a text that places more emphasis on the how to.


Product Details:
Copyright 2009
ISBN 978-1-59460-195-8
Paperback, 208 pages
Carolina Academic Press

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: A Template, a Set of Requisite Skills, and a Process

Chapter 2: The Honest Truth about Detecting Deception

Chapter 3: Questioning for Quality Information

Chapter 4: The Persuasion Process

Chapter 5: Pressure/Motive: Understanding Why People Do What They Do

Chapter 6: The Process of Totality (Putting It All Together)

Appendix A: Rapport: The Relation to Questioning and Influencing the Outcome of the Interview

Appendix B: The Statement of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald

Appendix C: The Statement of O.J. Simpson