Analysis of an interview Dr. Timothy Stryker released to correspondent Richard Schlesinger

Dr Linda Goudey and Dr. Timothy Stryker

On October 4, 1993, four days after she was last seen at the hospital were she worked, Dr. Linda Goudey, a successful OB/GYN, specializing in high-risk pregnancies, was found murdered in her car, in the parking lot of the New England Memorial Hospital of Stoneham. Goudey’s body was covered in a blanket. She had been strangled.

Her boyfriend, Dr. Timothy Stryker, an endocrinologist, was never criminally charged in the death of Dr. Linda Goudey but 13 years after the homicide a jury of a civil court trial found him guilty of Lin Goudey murder and ordered him to pay Lin’s family $15 million.

After Dr. Linda Goudey die, Dr. Timothy Stryker married and had two daughter.

Dr. Timothy Stryker died of cancer on January 12, 2011 at the Lemuel Shattuck prison Hospital in Boston while he was serving a four-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to perjury related to the investigation.

Deane Stryker

On Feb. 24, 2018, one of Dr. Timothy Stryker daughter, Deane Kenny, a medical student, 22, was killed in a unprovoked attack by Jeffrey Yao, 24, at the Winchester public library (Massachusetts). Jeffrey Yao stabbed Deane 20 times with a 10-inch hunting knife while she was studying at a table of the public library.

Dr. Timothy Stryker

What we look for in this interviews is for Dr. Timothy Stryker to issue a reliable denial, to say “I didn’t kill Linda” not simply parroting back the interviewer’s words but in the free editing process and we look for him to show the protection of the “wall of truth”.

The “wall of truth” is an impenetrable psychological barrier that often leads innocent people to few words, as the subject has no need to persuade anyone of anything.

We begin every statement analysis expecting truth, and it is the unexpected that confronts us as possibly deceptive.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I always knew I was gonna be a doctor, my father is a doctor, my mother is a nurse, so it was always in my blood to be a doctor, I never questioned it. 

Dr. Timothy Stryker: One of my attractions to Lin and was that she was in a similar situation, of being a very dynamic person, the very busy practice.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Yeah, I respected her so much, how she went that extra mile to… uhm… really take care of patient and do everything that needed to be done, help a mother have a healthy baby.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: We went jogging together, we had dinner together, we had so much to share, so much compatibility.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: We didn’t speak on the phone that evening that she died because she stayed at the hospital, she had phoned me to tell me she wasn’t coming over for dinner that night.

Note that he doesn’t say “that evening that she was killed” but “that evening that she died” not to deal with the words “killed” or “murdered”, this is common among guilty people.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: It was that kind of stunned shut down everything else sort of single but more like a Twilight zone… uhm… around me.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: It started going to this good cop/bad cop routine and I knew at that point I was clearly being in play.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: How I could be blame for something as terrible as this.

Note that Stryker is unable to use the words homicide or murder, again. This is minimization, a distancing measure. 

“this” shows closeness to the homicide.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I know that I’m innocent here.

“I’m innocent” is an unreliable denial. “here” is unexpected. Is he guilty elsewhere? 

To affirm to be innocent is different from saying “I didn’t kill Lin”, which is expected.

Stryker is able to say “I’m innocent” because he is innocent “de iure”, he has never been  judged. When people say they are innocent, they are just denying the conclusion that they are guilty not the action.  An innocent “de facto” is someone who did not “do it” and is able to say “I didn’t do it” and eventually to add in the judicial conclusion. 

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I spent hours sitting and thinking, you know, how could people think that I could be guilty of something like this.

Note the word “sitting”. There is no reason to describe his own body posture, therefore we assume that for Stryker the event was memorable and we consider his need to recall his body posture a signal of an increase in tension.

There is no empathy for the victim, the focus is on himself, he is not telling us that he spent hours thinking about the murder, why, who, when, how but about how could people think that he could be the author. 

“you know” is a pause and a signal of an acute awareness of the interviewer. 

The use of the word “this” shows closeness to the homicide, again.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: It just makes me sad, you know, that people could think this way about me.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I just knew it from a very young age, that’s what I wanted to do, you know, because it’s… it’s my nature to want to help people.

“it’s my nature to want to help people” is an unnecessary information. Stryker feels the need to represent himself as a “good guy” to ingratiate himself with the interviewer. When a subject has the need to portray himself as the “good guy”, we often find evidence that he is a “bad guy”. Virtue Signaling is often a signal of projected guilt, “good guy/bad guy”.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: So we met over lunches at the hospital, and… we started to share patients, because I would refer patients to her as a gynecologist.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: We would sit and read together at night, and… do movies, and… she gotten me into skiing and then I got her into scuba diving in the Caribbean trips that we took together.

Note the word “sit”, the description of their body posture is an unnecessary information and a signal of tension in the relationship.

Richard Schlesinger: Were you in love with her?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Yes, I was.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I was looking very much forward (he is referring to a trip).

Richard Schlesinger: Was she?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Yes, and she was actually the one that made the reservations for the trip. And it was her idea. She was very happy about it.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: In this dream she… had this vision of being in a car, I think it was on the side of a mountain, and driving around and then… then seeing a plane go crash into the side of the mountain, and she took this as some possible bad omen that perhaps, you know, we might have a plane crash.

Richard Schlesinger: Was she gonna go in that trip?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Yes, she never said that she wasn’t going.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I guess towards the end of the relationship… uhm… you know, there may have been some stagnation… uhm… because she was going to burn down… uhm… from how hard she was working.

Richard Schlesinger: Are you a flexible man?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Uhm… I have to be flexible, to be available. When a patient has chest pain, or to be available when somebody’s traumatized or…

He doesn’t say he is a flexible man and he speaks just about his relationship with his patients.

Richard Schlesinger: What about your personal life?

This is a good question.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I have to be flexible with my kids, with my wife, and…. uh… you know, so again, this is a story they tried to tell.

He doesn’t say he is a flexible man.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I didn’t really start to… get concerned until Saturday night, because, you know, she would go a day without calling me, uhm, but, you know, to go two days, uhm, without calling me and didn’t feel right.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: They had located her car and then, after I got up to the hospital, one of the, uhm, midwives, actually at the hospital walking in the hall with me, saying, you know, they found her body, she is death.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: You know, when she died, initially I was stunned but, then, after that, for me it was just sadness.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I was actually called in to speak with a detective right there on the spot. And he asked me, you know, “Who do you think could have killed her?”

Dr. Timothy Stryker: And there was a time when she got very angry in my kitchen because I called her a pea brain and she had a temper tantrum. There was a cup of peas, and a cup of potatoes, and cup of corn and here she was just throwing these at the walls, at my paintings. I grabbed her to pull her away from picking up the next thing to hurl at the wall and that’s when she fell down and hit the floor, and that’s when she bruised her ribs that time.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I was never in any way verbally, physically, abusive to her. And I would like for people to talk to my wife, or talk to the girlfriend that I had from 15 years ago, before I started going out with Lin that, you know, that has never been me.

“I was never in any way verbally, physically, abusive to her” is an unreliable denial. “that has never been me” is also unreliable.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Well, I cooperated with them by giving them, you know, the briefcase that was in my house.

Note that he doesn’t say “her briefcase” but “the briefcase”

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I gave them that jacket to facilitate them looking for her jacket, so they knew what they were supposed to be looking for. I was trying to help them. And, they looked at it for blood stains and all that kind of stuff, and obviously that wasn’t there.

Stryker says “that jacket” and not “my jacket” because the jacket he gave the investigators was Linda’s jacket not his’s. Linda’s briefcase and her jacket were in Stryker’s house because Dr. Linda Goudey went there to have dinner with him. He killed her at his house then put her in the car and drove back to the hospital.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Actually became an opportunity to actually have some time away and for me to sit in a quiet space and start to deal with the emotions that I had to kind of shut down right after her death. In retrospect I wish I hadn’t gone, even though at the time it was therapeutic for me to do that.

Note “for me to sit” is another unnecessary reference to his body posture, a signal of increase in tension.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: And they (police) told me that everything about my story was checking out OK and… but they just wanted to do a little polygraph so they could rule me out as a suspect.

Note that Stryker is referring to his recalling of the event as “my story”, this tells us that he told the investigators a “story” not the truth.

Here some excerpts from Stryker lie detector session:

Polygraph examiner: Do you know why I have asked you here?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: The boyfriend is usually the number one suspect.

Polygraph examiner: Did you cause the death of Lin Goudey?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: No.

Polygraph examiner: Do you think she was murdered?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: It’s easier to accept suicide.

Richard Schlesinger: Did you say after the lie detector test, “I just put the noose around my neck?”

Dr. Timothy Stryker: No, I would never say something like that. Uhm… it would have been more like, “You guys are trying to put a noose around my neck”, because my feeling at the time was that these people were trying to badger me.

“No” is a good answer and is expected. It would be best to say “No” and nothing else since there should not be need to explain. We count every word added to “No”, weakening the response.

“I would never say something like that” is an unreliable denial.

Richard Schlesinger: Did you kill Lin Goudey?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: No, I did not.

This is not a reliable denial. Stryker is unable or unwilling to say “I did not kill Lin Goudey” not even parroting Schlesinger’s words.

Richard Schlesinger: Do you know who did kill Lin Goudey?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: No, I don’t and if I did I wouldn’t be in this situation.

“No” is a good answer, and is expected. It would be best to say “No” and nothing else since there should not be need to explain anything. We count every word added to “No”, weakening the response.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I think about what I would do if my daughter died, you know, and if I suspected that somebody else may have killed her and I could see how I would have an agenda, you know, to try to bring somebody to justice but they obviously are blaming the wrong person.

Dr. Stryker doesn’t deny his involvement in Dr. Linda Goudey’s murder, he allows blame to be put upon him. There is not the protection of the “wall of truth” within him.

During the civil case Lin’s family attorney Michael Altman confront Stryker in court:

Attorney Michael Altman: Did you express feeling of anger towards her?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I never screamed at her, I never cursed at her, so I never, you know, expressed anger in any significant way.

“Never” seeks vagueness and is unreliable as this was a single specific event.

“I never screamed at her” is an unreliable denial.

“I never cursed at her” is an unreliable denial.

“I never, you know, expressed anger in any significant way” is an unreliable denial.

Saying “expressed” Stryker admits that he felt anger.

Saying “significant” he contradicts himself, he admits that he expressed anger but not in a “significant way”.

Attorney Michael Altman: What’s going on inside, did you feel anger toward her?

This is a great question, Attorney Michael Altman is a good listener.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Some… times.

Attorney Michael Altman: On October 1, did you get angry enough to want to strangle her?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: No, sir.

Note the word “sir”, Stryker tries to ingratiate himself with Attorney Michael Altman.

Attorney Michael Altman: Did you kill Lin Goudey?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: No, sir.

Note the word “sir”, Stryker tries to ingratiate himself with Attorney Michael Altman, again.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I think this was baked up upon emotions and so we’ll definitely be appealing.

Stryker doesn’t say that the sentence was a mistake but that “was baked up upon emotions”, was he expecting more evidence? Probably yes, this is the reason he adds “and so we’ll definitely be appealing”. 

Dr. Timothy Stryker: It’s been obviously very difficult because I’m sitting here with this potential financial disaster over my head.

Note the reference to his body posture “I’m sitting”, a signal of increase in tension.

Nine months after a civil court found him responsible for the death of Goudey, he was ordered to pay her family $15 million Dr Thimoty Stryker revealed that a witness, Graig Pizzano, had called him saying that on the night of September 30th of 1993, he saw someone in Linda Goudey’s car who didn’t look him.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: He called me, you know, on the phone at my office. And apparently he had seen all this publicity. And he realized, when he saw my face on the screen, that I wasn’t the person that he saw with Lin Goudey that night.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: and he told me that his went to a bar with his friends, picked up a girl,  took her over to this parking lot, over at the hospital.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: He happened to pull up next to their car. And things started to get hot and heavy between him and this girl he picked up. And he walked over to their car to actually ask for a condom, he saw them engaged in sexual activity.

Richard Schlesinger: He said that he clearly saw Lin?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Yes.

Richard Schlesinger: And he clearly saw the man she was with.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Correct.

Richard Schlesinger: And how did he describe the man she was with to you?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Over six foot tall, over 200 pounds, you know, a big man with blonde hair.

Richard Schlesinger: It’s a wacky story, to put it politely.

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Yes. No. And that’s why I asked him a number of questions at the time, to see if I could verify his story. And he also seemed to have information that clearly he wouldn’t have had if just from reading the newspapers.

Stryker contradicts himself with “Yes. No”.

When Dr. Stryker says “to see if I could verify his story” he tells us that Pizzano told a “story” not the truth.

“And he also seemed to have information that clearly he wouldn’t have had if just from reading the newspapers” is weak. 

Richard Schlesinger: Did you know this guy?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: No.

Richard Schlesinger: You never met before?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: Never met him.

“Never met him”, note the missing “I”. A dropped pronoun means no commitment to the action described. Stryker is counting on us to assume and interpret. This is a technique used in deception.

Richard Schlesinger: Have you given this fellow any money at all?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: I have not given Craig Pisano any money or anything else that would anyway encourage him to came forward.

“I have not given Craig Pisano any money or anything else that would anyway encourage him to came forward” is not a reliable denial.

Richard Schlesinger: Were you involved in him coming forward at all?

Dr. Timothy Stryker: In no way.

“In no way” is not a reliable denial.

Analysis Conclusion:

Deception Indicated.

Dr. Timothy Stryker is unable to deny his involvement in Linda Goudey murder.

The absence of a denial, it is a concern. If Stryker is unable or unwilling to say that he didn’t kill Linda, we are not permitted to say so for him. 

Dr. Timothy Stryker accepts what the de facto innocent doesn’t accept: he allows people to believe he is involved in Dr. Goudey murder. There is no “wall of Truth” within him. This is why he allows blame to be put upon him.

Stryker has guilty knowledge of what happened to Linda Goudey.

Ursula Franco, MD and criminologist