Chapter Two. A Typology of Denial Strategies by Suspects in Criminal Investigations

  1. Ray Bull Professor3,
  2. Tim Valentine PhD member Scientific staff Professor of Psychology Fellow4 and
  3. Tom Williamson
  1. Stephen Moston Senior Lecturer coordinator member1 and
  2. Geoffrey M. Stephenson MSc Emeritus Professor past President Consulting Editor Director2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch2

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

How to Cite

Moston, S. and Stephenson, G. M. (2009) A Typology of Denial Strategies by Suspects in Criminal Investigations, in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions (eds R. Bull, T. Valentine and T. Williamson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Leicester, England, UK

  2. 4

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, James Cook University, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology, London South Bank University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512678

Online ISBN: 9780470747599

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Keywords:

  • typology of denial strategies by suspects in criminal investigations;
  • typology of denials by suspects in police interviews;
  • confessions in police station;
  • crimes ‘taken into consideration’ (TICs) and successful prosecutions;
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and denials in police station;
  • police interviews with suspects and inappropriate interviewing tactics;
  • different verbal/nonverbal strategies - by truth-tellers and liars;
  • passive denials - simple denial, challenging evidence or refuting an allegation;
  • bewilderment, denial of knowledge - they ‘don't know anything’ about offence;
  • presumed guilty - outcome of interrogation, being confession

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Confessions in the policestation

  • Denials in the policestation

  • Why do suspects confess?

  • Directions in research on police interviewing

  • Denial strategies

  • A typology of denial strategies

  • Presumed guilty

  • Handling denials

  • References