How Police Interrogation Works

Last week, the Stuff You Should Know podcast released an episode about police interrogation. It gives some historical background on interrogation techniques, and provides context for some interrogation tactics that the Cop would know about, even if he chooses not to use them all while questioning the two girls. Questions about how forthright the Cop is with the girls, and what information he is withholding, have come up in rehearsal and are also addressed in the podcast.  You can check it out here!

The New Yorker article mentioned at the top of the show, “The Interview” by Douglas Starr, provides an ever deeper look into the subject and can be read online here.

Illustration by Leo Espinosa for The New Yorker,

The Reid Technique has influenced nearly every aspect of modern police interrogations. Illustration by Leo Espinosa for The New Yorker.