Research Update 1

Research Update 1

My latest novel idea is dancing around the paranormal genre all while digging into the life of an FBI agent. As exciting as it is, I know almost nothing about the live of an FBI agent! How will I write this? Easy, I will dip back into my years as a high school student and do some research. I have been listening to an interesting podcast about taking down a criminal. I’ll share a little bit of what I’ve learned below.

Real Crime Profile Podcast – Episode 1: Making a Murderer: The Arrest of Steve Avery

This podcast is a great podcast hosted by Join Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler), Laura Richards (formerly of New Scotland Yards, Founder and Director of Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service) and Lisa Zambetti (Casting director for CBS’ Criminal Minds). They talk about the crime and how things went about to catch the criminal. I took notes as I listened to their podcast.

  • In some cases, suspects are considered suspects only because people are clouded by their tunnel-vision of who committed the crime. Whether they saw an image of another suspect for a crime or they connect a few clues of a person’s appearance to someone they know. Sometimes making those connections can create a false call on a criminal.
  • Once this tunnel-vision is created they often think they have their man, and that creates a larger problem. While doing this they eliminate the possibility towards other suspects. Police officers or victims focus their attention on the one possibile suspect that they create connections to the crime that may not even be there. All because they’ve convinced themselves they found the true suspect.
  • The moment a higher up says “this is our man” then everyone under them agrees. It could be simply because they want to please the FBI or sheriff only to keep their job. But they refuse to step outside the idea the bigger man states and do whatever is needed to convict the criminal they believe to be behind the crime.
  • Believe it or not, eyewitness testimonies are the LEAST reliable evidence in a trial because of the facts I numbered at the beginning of this list. But juries rely on those testimonies much more than a lot of other evidence at times.
  • Did you know there are over 500,000 law enforcement agencies in the country? (United States of America) This includes federal, state, and local branches.

I have only made it through about half of this podcast and I’ve already learned so much! Not to mention this is only the first episode and they have over 30 podcasts available. I think once I have my book finished I will still be listening to their shows. It’s very interesting to learn what they know and can share with us. I won’t be blind by assuming I’ll learn every deep secret in the FBI. But I do believe this research will help build up a more believable crime and the way my agent will solve said crime in my novel. Keep up with this podcast here: Real Crime Profile on SoundCloud or follow me to learn clips about the topic and other fun facts I learn through this writing journey.

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