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Criminal Interrogation: A Modern Format for Interrogating Criminal Suspects Based on the Intellectual Approach
Warren D. Holmes  More Info

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Warren D. Holmes was a member of the Miami, Florida Police Department from 1951 to 1963. He was assigned to the Lie Detection Bureau from 1955 to 1963 and then left the police department at the rank of Detective Sergeant to open a private polygraph testing firm. Warren Holmes is the past president of Florida Polygraph Association and the Academy for Scientific Interrogation (the predecessor name of the American Polygraph Association). Warren Holmes has lectured about criminal interrogation in many organizations including the FBI, CIA, The Secret Service, Canadian Police College and the Singapore Police Department.   Warren Holmes has conducted polygraph examinations in many nationally known cases such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Watergate.  Warren Holmes is the author of Criminal Interrogation: A Modern Format for Interrogating Criminal Suspects Based on the Intellectual Approach.


According to the book description of Criminal Interrogation: A Modern Format for Interrogating Criminal Suspects Based on the Intellectual Approach,  Warren “Holmes is well qualified to write a book on the subject of criminal interrogation and has lectured about it in many organizations including the FBI, CIA, the Secret Service, the Canadian Police College, and the Singapore Police Department. He has also conducted polygraph examinations in such nationally known cases as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Watergate. Drawing on current knowledge and his own extensive experience, the author provides a thorough overview of the techniques and procedures of interrogation. The main purpose of this book is that it will give you the tools to combat the criminal suspect and to attain the most satisfying outcome of criminal investigation: obtaining a confession through astute interrogation. Ideally, to learn how to interrogate, one should be exposed to talented interrogators in action. Any book about criminal interrogation can never be a complete substitute for the daily or weekly experience of interrogating criminal suspects. Recognizing this fact, it is the author’s plan to write a "how-to" book that provides a framework for enhancing one’s personal experience. It will help guide the interrogator through the inherent difficulty that is manifested by the margin of error in perceiving guilt or innocence as well as in the length of time it takes an average person to become sufficiently experienced to reach an acceptable degree of proficiency. The scope of this book includes a step-by-step procedure for interrogation from the moment the suspect enters the interrogation room to the time he leaves. It will also help interrogators to keep from running out of things to say to a suspect by providing suggested interrogational arguments for specific crimes. Sex crimes, murder cases, espionage cases, and miscellaneous crimes are explored with various suggested arguments to be employed while handling these different types of cases. The three types of closure, the handling of the confession, and the formal confession as court evidence are discussed in detail, which also includes the interrogation of the accomplice and the potential witness. By reading this book, you will learn how to obtain confessions not by asking the suspect questions, but by convincing a suspect to confess by using persuasive interrogational arguments.

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