Analisi criminologica dell’aggressione denunciata dall’attore americano Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett è un attore e musicista americano di 36 anni che recita nella serie televisiva “Empire”. Smollett, che è nero, gay e manifestamente anti-Trump, il 22 gennaio 2019 ha rivelato di aver ricevuto una lettera di minacce contenente polvere bianca da parte di sostenitori del presidente Donald Trump, il 29 gennaio 2019 ha denunciato un’aggressione omofoba e razzista ai suoi danni da parte di due sostenitori del presidente degli Stati Uniti. Smollett ha raccontato di essere arrivato a Chicago da New York, di aver lasciato il suo appartamento intorno alle 2:00 del mattino per comprarsi un’insalata da Subway, di essere stato riconosciuto e aggredito verbalmente e fisicamente all’uscita del fast food da due uomini vestiti di nero che indossavano maschere nere i quali gli avrebbero versato addosso anche una sostanza chimica tipo varichina.

Un amico di Smollett ha poi chiamato la polizia. Una volta giunti nell’appartamento dell’attore, circa 42 minuti dopo i fatti, i poliziotti hanno trovato la corda utilizzata dagli aggressori ancora intorno al collo dell’attore.

Il 30 gennaio 2019, la polizia di Chicago ha diffuso una foto di due persone di interesse tratta da una registrazione di una videocamera di sorveglianza.

Da subito alcuni esperti si sono espressi sul caso mostrando perplessità, tanto che Smollett ha ritenuto di dover rilasciare una dichiarazione già il 1 febbraio 2019:

“Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.
I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.
As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.
With Love, respect & honor… Jussie”.

Questa dichiarazione è stata analizzata in modo esemplare da Peter Hyatt, uno dei massimi esperti mondiali di Statement Analysis. Hyatt, già analizzando le brevi dichiarazioni del portavoce di Smollett che avevano preceduto questa dichiarazione, era giunto alla conclusione che Jussie Smollett non aveva subito alcuna aggressione.

Il 14 febbraio 2019, Smollett ha rilasciato un’intervista a Robin Roberts di Good Morning America e ha raccontato che i suoi aggressori lo avrebbe chiamato più volte “Empire”, avrebbero detto “This is the MAGA country” e lo avrebbero poi aggredito fisicamente colpendolo al volto e mettendogli una corda al collo.

Il 15 febbraio 2019, la polizia di Chicago ha annunciato di aver interrogato due soggetti di interesse, Ola e Abel Osundairo, due fratelli nigeriani che Smollett conosce, uno dei due ha recitato una parte in una puntata di “Empire” mentre l’altro è il suo preparatore atletico. I due ragazzi hanno riferito agli investigatori di aver ricevuto da Smollett $3,500 per simulare l’aggressione, che era stato lo stesso Smollett ad inviarsi la lettera di “minacce” e che l’aggressione era stata organizzata dallo stesso Smollett in seguito all’insufficiente scalpore che aveva destato la rivelazione da parte dell’attore di aver ricevuto una lettera di “minacce”.

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L’assegno di $3,500 retrodatato al 23 gennaio.

Il 16 febbraio 2019, gli avvocati di Smollett, Todd S. Pugh e Victor P. Henderson hanno dichiarato alla stampa:

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying. One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity. Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to “unnamed” sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.”

Il 18 febbraio 2019, i due fratelli Osundairo hanno rilasciato alla stampa la seguente dichiarazione:

“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”

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Negli anni, Peter Hyatt ha dimostrato con le sue analisi che un caso si può risolvere semplicemente applicando ad un’intervista o ad un interrogatorio o ad una dichiarazione scritta, le regole della Statement Analysis, per l’analisi delle dichiarazioni relative a questo caso e quella della lettera anonima vi rimando al suo blog.

Da un punto di vista criminologico, tra ciò che è trapelato, vi sono alcuni dati particolarmente interessanti:

  1. Jussie Smollett è uscito alle 2:00 di mattina con una temperatura esterna di -12° per comprarsi un’insalata.
  2. Non è stato Jussie Smollett a chiamare il dipartimento di polizia.
  3. La telefonata è stata fatta da casa e non dal luogo in cui Smollett ha riferito di essere stato aggredito.
  4. Una lettera anonima ha preceduto l’aggressione.
  5. Quando la polizia è giunta a casa di Jussie Smollett, più di mezz’ora dopo la simulata aggressione, l’attore aveva ancora la corda al collo.
  6. Jussie Smollett ha consegnato il proprio telefono al dipartimento di polizia dopo averne manipolato i dati.

2. Non è stato Jussie Smollett a chiamare il dipartimento di polizia.

Accade spesso che i responsabili di un reato invitino un altro soggetto a chiamare i soccorsi, lo fanno perché temono di tradirsi con l’operatore.

Salvatore Parolisi chiese alla proprietaria di un bar di chiamare il 112 per denunciare la scomparsa di sua moglie, Melania Rea, che in realtà lui aveva ucciso.

Frederick Mueller chiese ad un estraneo di chiamare i soccorsi per sua moglie Leslie Jeanne Denis, riferendogli che la donna era stata vittima di un incidente in montagna, in realtà era stato lui ad ucciderla.

6. Una lettera anonima ha preceduto l’aggressione.

Il 22 gennaio 2019, Smollett aveva dichiarato di aver ricevuto la seguente lettera anonima (MAGA, Jussie Smollett, Empire, YOU WILL DIE BLACK FAG).

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La lettera che Smollett si è inviato il 22 gennaio 2019

Il 27 gennaio 2019, due giorni prima dei fatti, Smollett aveva scritto su Twitter che le truffe sono ovunque (Frauds are everywhere y’all):

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In un caso giudiziario, le lettere anonime, quando presenti, sono spesso rivelatrici di un “Inside Job”. A volte vengono inviate da chi premedita un crimine, prima di commetterlo, altre volte, dopo il reato e sempre per allontanare i sospetti da sé. Nel caso di Smollett l’aggressione simulata ha fatto seguito alla lettera anonima perché l’attore non aveva ottenuto ciò che cercava dopo aver denunciato pubblicamente di aver ricevuto delle minacce scritte.

Christopher Coleman, prima di uccidere sua moglie, Sheri, ed i suoi due figli, Garett e Gavin, da un account segreto ha inviato al proprio account e al figlio del suo capo, Joyce Meyer, alcune email dal contenuto minatorio: “Your family is done”, “tell Joyce to stop preaching or your Chris’s family will die”, “I will kill them all while they sleep” e “tell Chris his family is dead” in modo che il triplice omicidio venisse attribuito ad un nemico della Meyer.

Brian Hummert, prima di uccidere sua moglie Charlene, si è inventato un fantomatico stalker in modo da allontanare I sospetti da sé: “here proofs your wife is a slut I had a one night with your wife she made sure my fiancèe found out I blame your wife for that the time is now right to pay back”.

5. Quando la polizia è giunta a casa di Jussie Smollett, più di mezz’ora dopo la simulata aggressione, l’attore aveva ancora la corda al collo. 

Una corda stretta intorno al collo può uccidere pertanto un soggetto che scampa alla morte se ne libera al più presto, la presenza della corda al collo di Smollett a distanza di decine di minuti dall’aggressione non può che essere apparsa sospetta ai poliziotti chiamati a casa dell’attore, peraltro Jussie Smollett ha dichiarato che inizialmente non avrebbe voluto chiamare la polizia. Smollett si è lasciato la corda al collo per risultare più credibile ma è stato proprio il suo bisogno di convincere ad accentrare i sospetti su di lui.

Lo “staging” messo in atto da Smollett e dai suoi complici per simulare un reato non è diverso da quello agito allo scopo di allontanare i sospetti da sé da chi ha commesso un omicidio.

– Nel caso dell’omicidio di Merdith Kercher, uno degli assassini simulò un furto nella camera di Filomena Romanelli, una coinquilina della Kercher e della Knox, creò una situazione di evidente disordine e ruppe un vetro in una sequenza che fece emergere la messiscena: il finto disordine anticipò la rottura del vetro e non vi fu una effettiva attività di ricerca o di sottrazione di oggetti. Dalla casa furono asportati soltanto i telefonini della vittima e gettati in un giardino di via Sperandio, operazione architettata nell’intento di ritardare la scoperta del cadavere. Infine, la scena del crimine fu ripulita. La simulazione di furto aveva lo scopo di sviare i sospetti da chi fosse stato fornito delle chiavi del portone d’ingresso per essere un inquilino dell’appartamento e orientarli su qualcuno che non avesse tale disponibilità e che, pertanto, si sarebbe dovuto introdurre dalla finestra, tale circostanza portò, giustamente, gli inquirenti a sospettare di Amanda. La Knox, tra l’altro, a differenza di Guede, sapeva di avere il controllo della scena, la stessa, infatt,i non temette di venir scoperta od interrotta in quanto era a conoscenza che le altre due coinquiline e gli occupanti del piano di sotto avrebbero dormito fuori quella notte ed agì quindi in tutta tranquillità. Rudy Guede non aveva motivo di prodigarsi nello “staging” non avendo un particolare legame con la vittima ed infatti non vennero repertati segni della sua presenza nella stanza della Romanelli e, come risultò evidente dalle impronte insanguinate delle sue scarpe che andavano direttamente dalla camera della vittima alla porta principale, lasciò la casa subito dopo i fatti. Se Guede si fosse fermato avrebbe tirato lo sciacquone del water dove aveva defecato e pulito le proprie impronte insanguinate, ma non avrebbe simulato un furto in quanto avendo un precedente per lo stesso reato, avrebbe rischiato di accentrare l’attenzione su di sé. Rudy non è stato infatti condannato per lo “staging”, che è stato comunque riconosciuto nelle motivazioni della sentenza ed attribuito ai concorrenti nel reato.

– Nel caso dell’omicidio di Melania Rea, Salvatore Parolisi tornò sulla scena del crimine e infierì sul cadavere producendo ferite figurate in regione ipogastrica ed alle cosce con uno strumento da punta diverso da quello da punta e taglio che aveva prodotto le lesioni vitali. Parolisi disegnò una x o croce di Sant’Andrea sull’addome del cadavere della moglie, una svastica sulla sua coscia sinistra, una grata a grosse maglie sulla sua coscia destra e infisse una siringa usata nella sua regione mammaria sinistra. In pratica, nell’intento di depistare si prodigò in un doppio “staging”, cercò da una parte di far pensare ad un neonazista e dall’altra ad un tossicodipendente. L’esame autoptico accertò però che quelle lesioni erano state prodotte sul cadavere a distanza di molte ore dall’omicidio e permisero agli inquirenti di focalizzare su un soggetto vicino alla vittima, infatti l’omicida di uno sconosciuto non ha motivo di industriarsi in un inutile ‘staging’.

– Nel caso della morte di Elena Ceste, una morte intervenuta per assideramento in un soggetto in preda ad una crisi psicotica, Michele Buoninconti è stato accusato di aver predisposto una messinscena o quantomeno di essersi inventato di aver trovato in giardino gli abiti e gli occhiali della povera moglie. La regola principale dello “staging” è questa: chi altera una scena del crimine la prepara affinché la vedano gli inquirenti o eventuali testimoni. In questo caso, se il signor Michele Buoninconti avesse ucciso la moglie ed avesse optato per uno “staging” degli abiti in cortile, non li avrebbe poi rimossi prima che qualcuno li vedesse così ad arte apparecchiati. Il fatto che Buoninconti abbia raccolto gli abiti esclude che abbia messo in atto una messinscena ed è la conferma che quella da lui raccontata è la verità. Buoninconti raccolse gli abiti abbandonati da Elena perché sperava di ritrovare sua moglie e rivestirla. Egli mise in atto un comportamento da innocente quale egli è. Michele non avrebbe tratto alcun vantaggio dalla storiella dei vestiti trovati abbandonati e poi raccolti, ripeto: se Buoninconti avesse messo in atto uno ‘staging’ non lo avrebbe rimosso per raccontarlo. Lo “staging” ha regole logiche, chi le ignora non può che incorrere in grossolani errori di giudizio.

Dale Pike è stato ucciso il 15 febbraio 1998, poco dopo il suo arrivo a Miami, con due colpi di cal. 22 alla testa, il secondo colpo è stato esploso a distanza ravvicinata. Un surfista, David Suchinsky, ha ritrovato il suo cadavere nudo su una spiaggia di Key Biscayne, Sewer Beach (Virginia Beach), verso le 18.00 del 16 febbraio 1998. E’ escluso che Sewer Beach fosse un luogo d’incontro di omosessuali e gli investigatori conclusero per uno “staging”. Solo Chico Forti aveva ragione di simulare un omicidio tra omosessuali dopo aver ucciso Dale. Forti era infatti l’unico ad aver bisogno di allontanare i sospetti da sé, era stato lui ad andare a prendere Pike all’Aereoporto poco prima che venisse ucciso.

CASE UPDATES

On Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said:

Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago Police for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.”

If charged and then convicted, Smollett faces up to three years behind bars.

On Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said:

“Felony criminal charges have been approved by Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office against Jussie Smollett for disorderly conduct/filing a false police report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.”

Smollett’s attorneys released the following statement:

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

On Thursday, February 21th, 2019, Smollett surrendered to police at around 5 a.m. at CPD’s Central Booking station at West 18th Street and South State Street. Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald set his bond at $100.000.

Jussie Smollett mugshot released on Feb. 21, 2019 by Chicago Police Dept.

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On Thursday morning, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said:

“Good morning everyone. 

Before I get started on why we’re here, you know, as I look out into the crowd I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention. Because that’s who really deserves the amount of the attention that we’re giving to this particular incident. 

But this morning I come to you, not only as superintendent of the Chicago police department, but also as a black man who spent his entire life living in the city of Chicago. I know racial divide that exists here. I know how hard it’s been for our city and our nation to come together. And I also know the disparities and I know the history.

This announcement today recognizes that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. I’m left hanging my head and asking why? Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?

Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators, as well as the citizens of this city.

Chicago hosts one of the largest pride parades in the world and we’re proud of that as a police department and also as a city. We do not nor will ever tolerate hate in our city, whether that hate is based on an individual’s sexual orientation, race or anything else.

I’m offended by what’s happened and I’m also angry.

I love the city of Chicago and the Chicago police department, warts and all, but this publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve. To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.

First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language. When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through he mud in the process. This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary. So he concocted a story about being attacked. 

Now, our city has problems. We have problems that have affected people from all walks of life and we know that. But to put the national spotlight on Chicago for something that is both egregious and untrue is simply shameful. I’m also concerned about what this means moving forward for hate crimes. Now, of course, the Chicago police department will continue to investigate all reports of these types of incidents with the same amount of vigor that we did with this one. My concern is that hate crimes will now publicly be met with a level of skepticism that previously didn’t happen. That said, Smollett was treated as a victim throughout this investigation until we received evidence that led detectives in another direction. I couldn’t be more proud of the unrelenting detective work that went into this investigation and I couldn’t be more proud of every investigator that played a part in it. The detective work that we saw in this case is indicative of the work that our detectives do every day in this city. This case in particular involved hours of video evidence which, when combined with old-fashioned police work, uncovered the truth. These detectives deserve all the credit in the world for carefully analyzing the leads and the evidence for weeks before coming to their conclusion. I’d also like to thank the FBI for their help in this investigation. The FBI’s partnership with CPD has been pivotal in this particular case. 

I only hope the truth about what happened receives the same amount of attention that the hoax did. 

I’ll continue to pray for this troubled young man who resorted to both drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention. I’ll also continue to pray for our city asking that we can move forward from this and begin to heal.

After Smollett was arrested, President Trump tweeted:

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On Thursday, February 21th, 2019, Jussie Smollett paid $10,000, ten percent of his bond, and agreed to surrender his passport.

On Thursday, after Smollett posted bail (10 percent of a $100,000 bond) at the Cook County courthouse in Chicago, lawyers for the Empire actor issued the following statement: “Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system. The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election. Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing”.

Few words were expected by his lawyers: “Mr. Smollett is innocent, he didn’t stage the attack”. who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence” is distancing language.

According to the Daily Mail, after he was released, Jussie Smollett said to his coworkers on the set: “I’m sorry, I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.”

Smollett didn’t issue a reliable denial, showed an unexpected desire to ingratiate himself with his coworkers and a need to persuade that innocent don’t have.

He will return to court on March 14th, 2019.

Annunci

Why do people vomit after murdering someone? The cases of Christopher Coleman, Timothy Permenter, Michael Roseboro and Salvatore Parolisi

– On May 2009, Christopher Coleman, now 41, strangled to death his wife Sheri, 31, and their two children, Garrett, 11, and Gavin, 9 in their sleep.

After the officers found the three victims, Christopher Coleman, while on the driveway of his house, felt like he was gonna throw up, a detective said.

– On October 2003, Timothy Permenter, now 51, stabbed to death his girlfriend Karen Ann Pannell, 39, at her home.

Timothy Permenter threw up in the front yard of his girlfriend’s house while the detectives were processing the murder scene.

– On July 2008, Michael Roseboro, now 52, killed his wife Jan, 45, by strangling, beating and drowning her in their private swimming pool.

Michael Roseboro threw up while he was at the phone with the 911 operator he called to notify that his wife had drowned.

– On April 2011, Salvatore Parolisi, now 40, stabbed to death 35 times his wife Melania Rea, 29.

Salvatore Parolisi threw up in the bathroom of a restaurant after he asked the owner to make an emergency call.

Nausea and vomiting are classical responses to a prolonged stress. Stress can induce general trouble with the digestive system due to the physiological changes a body goes through.

Not only the victim of a sexual violence or of an aggression but also the perpetuator often shows the symptoms of the so called General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS), a physiological reaction to a stressful event. 

GAS is a three-stage process that a body goes through when under stress: Alarm, Resistance and Exhaustion.

Alarm reaction stage: corticoids, adrenaline and noradrenaline are released to induce a a “fight-or-flight” response that allows the body to deal with the threat.

Resistance stage: at the end of a stressful situation, the body enters in a recovery phase to reach the pre stress state.

When the stress is prolonged the body is unable to recover and continues to release corticoids, adrenaline and noradrenaline. Stomach and intestinal distresses like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and bloating are symptoms of this prolonged state of alert.

Exhaustion stage: when the stress is chronic a subject deals with symptoms like depression, anxiety and fatigue.

A murderer is in a prolonged state of alert because his/her fear of being caught.

CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN

The Coleman’s family

Columbia, Illinois.

At 6:43 a.m. on May 5, 2009, Christopher Coleman, who was employed as director of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries (JMM), an internationally renowned Christian ministry headquartered in Missouri, called his neighbor, Detective Sergeant Justin Barlow of the Columbia police department and told him he had been at the gym and after his workout he called home to try to wake up his wife, Sheri, but Sheri did not answer. Christopher Coleman was concerned something had happened to his wife. Barlow was aware that defendant had made previous reports to the Columbia police department that he and his family had been threatened due to his employment with JMM. Sergeant Barlow went to Coleman’s house to check on the welfare of the family. Soon another officer arrived, and after ringing the doorbell and receiving no answer, they went to the back of the house and saw a basement rear window standing open. 

Christopher Coleman arrived home and was told to stay outside. The police entered the home through the basement window and saw disturbing messages written on the walls in red spray paint, including the word “fuck” and the words “I am always watching”; when they went up the stairs to the second floor, they found Christopher Coleman’s sons Garett, 11, Gavin, 9, and his wife Sheri, 31, dead. They had been strangled in their sleep. Gavin was lying in his bed with the words “Fuck You” spray-painted on the covers. A policeman also noticed spray paint on Garett’s hand and arm. 

After the officers heard Coleman downstairs asking what was going on, they went downstairs.

Detective Justin Barlow of the Columbia Police Department and a neighbor, who entered Coleman’s house and found the body of Gavin said to 48 Hours correspondent Maureen Maher: I told him (Christopher Coleman): “Hey, they… they didn’t make it”… being the family, he walked outside through the garage, he sat down on the driveway and started sobbing. Said he felt like he was gonna throw up. And then kind of curled up in a fetal position.

Barlow recalls Coleman asking him what happened, but nothing else. He did not demand to see his family, nor did he try to go upstairs. He went outside with the officers and sat on the sidewalk and cried, but Barlow testified no one told him what they actually had found upstairs. Coleman remained at the scene for approximately 20 to 25 minutes until he was taken by ambulance to the police station, where he was interviewed for 6 hours. Defendant did not ask how his family was killed. Approximately 4 hours into the interview, Trooper Bivens, the other officer conducting the interview besides Barlow, specifically asked Coleman if he knew how his family died. He replied: “I have no idea, you guys haven’t told me”.

During the interview, Coleman asked for a blanket because he was cold though Barlow did not think the interview room was cold. At one point during the interview, officers walked out of the room and Coleman picked up one of the officer’s notes and looked at them. With the blanket Coleman covered some scratches he had on his arm. He said he obtained one set of scratches a few days earlier, but was unsure how he got them. He said he received another abrasion on his arm after hitting his arm on the gurney in the ambulance in which he was transported after his family was found dead.

Christopher Coleman told investigators his wife Sheri was alive when he left the house at 5:45 a.m. to go to the gym. He told the police his marriage was good, but later revealed that near the end of 2008, he and Sheri had some problems in their marriage, which they worked out through the help of counseling. Detectives soon discovered he was having an affair with Tara Lintz, a high school friend of Sheri’s who was living in Florida. Christopher Coleman denied the affair, but after being advised investigators were talking to Tara, he admitted to the affair, but minimized its intensity. 

Medical reports, including the results of the autopsies, showed that Sheri, Garett, and Gavin were all dead before 5 a.m. Police checked Christopher Coleman’s cell phone records and investigated where his calls were placed on the morning of the murders. Based upon the foregoing, Coleman was charged with three counts of first-degree murder by strangulation.

After a jury trial in the circuit court of Monroe County, Christopher Coleman was convicted and sentenced to three concurrent life sentences.

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After the sentence, 48 Hours Mystery spoke to Chris Coleman by phone:

Maureen Maher: Did you kill your wife and your children?

What we look for in the following answer is for Coleman to issue a reliable denial.

A reliable denial is found in the free editing process, not in the parroted language and has 3 components:

1. the pronoun “I”
2. past tense verb “did not” or “didn’t”
3. accusation answered

If a denial has more than 3 or less than 3 components, it is no longer reliable.

There is no consequence to issue a reliable denial about any false allegation.

“I did not kill my wife Sheri and my children” followed by “I told the truth” while addressing the denial, it is more than 99% likely to be true. This would be 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.

Chris Coleman: No, absolutely not. I absolutely love my wife and my kids. And this, you know, it’s not… it’s not me.

“No, absolutely not” is an unreliable denial.

The words “absolutely not. I absolutely love my wife and my kids. And this, you know, it’s not… it’s not me” show that Coleman has a need to persuade.and to portrait himself as a “good guy”. Only a “bad guy” feels this need. 

There is not “wall of truth” within Christopher Coleman.

Moreover when he says “And this” he shows closeness to the murders.

Maureen Maher: How do you love your wife and be having an affair with one of her best friends?

Chris Coleman: Maybe I wasn’t, you know, selfishly getting what I thought I might should be getting at home as far as with my wife, you know, from the uh physical side of things. But I still absolutely loved her.

Maureen Maher: So why does Tara say that?

Chris Coleman: Uhm, it was discussed on several different things and, you know, it was a conversation but there was no specific plans or no dates or nobody asking each other to be married or anything like that.

Maureen Maher: She also says that you told her that you were serving divorce papers to Sheri.

Chris Coleman: You know, unfortunately, and I feel horrible about it, you know, if I ever talk to… to Tara again of something like that I apologize to her about, that was a lie. I lied to Tara about that.

So if he didn’t murder his family, who did?

Chris Coleman: I have absolutely no clue. Believe me, I have wracked my brain for… for two-and-a-half years trying to figure that part out (laughs). I just had to stop and give it to God, just to release that, do my best and forgive… forgive that person and move on.

The words “Believe me” show a need to persuade, again.

Coleman’s laughs and his desire to “move on” are signals of an Antisocial personality disorder.

TIMOTHY PERMENTER

Karen Pannell and two of her brothers

Pensacola, Florida.

On October 11, 2003, Karen Ann Pannell, 39, was found stabbed to death in her Florida home.

Karen Ann Pannell was a former model and Flight Attendant. At the time of her death she was working for American Airlines as a Customer Service Agent in Tampa, Florida.

She had five brothers, Michael A., Randy, Steve, Michael R. and Robin.

Timothy Permenter, Karen’s boyfriend was the one to call 911. His phone call is incriminating.

Investigators, while processing the crime scene, noted the name ROC written in blood on the wall and a pizza box with three slices missing. According with the autopsy Karen had not eaten pizza on the night of the murder.

ROC is the name of one of Karen ex boyfriends that had an alibi.

Detectives assumed that the killer had eaten the pizza, then after a confrontation he had stabbed Karen 16 times and staged the crime scene to frame Karen’s ex ROC.

Ltd. Michael Holbrooke, the homicide detective who led the investigation on the case said in an interview to Dateline: “When the first deputy arrived on scene Tim Permenter is in the front yard he is hysterical he actually threw up in the front yard that he was upset of finding his girlfriend”.

Timothy Permenter during his trial

Analysis of some excerpts from Timothy Permenter’s interview with detectives:

We look for Permenter to say “I didn’t kill Karen” using the pronoun, “I”, the past tense “didn’t” or “did not” and add in the specific accusation.

Timothy Permenter: I didn’t do it. But I knew somehow, some way I was gonna get pinned on it. I knew it. I knew the minute I saw the body. 

When Permenter says “I didn’t do it” he doesn’t deny the action of killing, therefore  this is an unreliable denial. 

Timothy Permenter: I don’t know. Go ahead. take me to jail. I’m done.

Detective: Tim, I’m not here to railroad you, I’m… I’m not okay?

Timothy Permenter: It doesn’t matter. I’ll tell you something, I didn’t do it and if I’m gonna be convicted, I wanna go to the electric chair because I’m not spending any more time in prison. I’m done with that. Not for something… not for something like this.

“I didn’t do it” is an unreliable denial.

Permenter says “if I’m gonna be convicted”, this is something that never cross the mind of an innocent de facto.

When Permenter says “not for something like this” he shows closeness to the homicide due to the use of the word “this”.

At the time of Karen murder, Timothy Permenter had served 12 years in prison for kidnapping and attempted murder.

Timothy Permenter: I didn’t do it. I d-i-d n-o-t do it. I don’t know how else… how else to say.

“I didn’t do it” is an unreliable denial.

Detective: How does it look? You’re over there when you said you weren’t.

Timothy Permenter: I don’t know.

Timothy Permenter: This whole cooperation got me confused.

Detective: Confused? We know what get you confused, Tim, when you lie.

On October 24, 2007, a jury convicted Timothy Permenter of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend Karen Ann Pannell. The jury voted seven to five in favor of the death penalty, but the trial court sentenced Permenter to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

MICHAEL ROSEBORO

Jan E. Binkley and Michael Alan Roseboro

Reinholds, Pennsylvania.

Jan E. Binkley Roseboro, 45, a mother of four, was killed on the night of July 22, 2008.

At 11:03 pm, her husband, funeral director, Michael Roseboro called 911 to notify the operator that she had drowned.

During the emergency call Michael Roseboro showed deception and guilty knowledge of what happened to Jan.

He never asked for any help for his wife, nor he showed any linguistic concern for her, nor he showed any urgency.

He never introduces his wife as expected. The social introduction is a key to understand a relationship. His linguistic disposition towards his wife tells us that they had a poor relationship at the time of the call.

He said twice “I’m sorry”. “I’m sorry” represents a verbal indicator of a form of regret.

He invoked “God” twice. Any reference to Divinity is a signal of deception.

Roseboro felt the need to ingratiate himself with the 911 operator calling him “sir” four times and using the word “please” twice.

Here an excerpt of that incriminating emergency call:

Operator: Okay, is that the siren from the fire department there?

Michael Roseboro: Yes.

Operator: OKay.

Michael Roseboro: Hold on, I have to throw up, please, hold on.

Operator: Okay.

Michael Roseboro: I’m sorry.

Jan Roseboro die in the hospital less than an hour after Michael Roseboro called 911.

Detectives noticed that Micheal Roseboro did not seem concerned with his wife’s condition and had 3 minor scratches on his face.

Jan’s death was classified as a homicide by Dr. Ross, the Coroner who performed the autopsy. “There were bruises basically to the back of the neck. I said, ‘Oh, my goodness. We have strangulation here. But we have a very particular type of strangulation. And the bruises are the in the back, almost as if it were hidden. That told me that she had been beaten. She had been bludgeoned. And she’d been hit about her head numerous times. Numerous times. The cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries. And that was a combination of strangulation, blunt-force trauma to the head, as well as drowning. It was only after I’d done the complete internal examination I was convinced this was a homicide”, Dr. Ross said to 48 Hours.

Jan had been beaten with a blunt object in the back of her head, choked and then placed into the swimming pool while still alive.

Michael’s DNA was found under Jan’s fingernails.

One of the neighbors told investigators that on July 22, 2008 around 10:30, she heard female screams.

Detectives learned that Michael was a serial cheater and that his current mistress, Angela Funk, 38, a married woman who lived near the Roseboro Denver funeral home, was pregnant with his child.

On August 2, 2008 Michael Roseboro was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of his wife.

On July 30, 2009, after two weeks of testimony, a Lancaster County jury found Michael Roseboro guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Jan.

After the verdict, the District Attorney Craig Stedman said: “When you looked at the evidence in its totality, it was an overwhelming case that he had brutally murdered his wife for his own selfish greed, purposes and out of a twisted obsession for a mistress who he wanted to be with”.

Weeks after the verdict, Michael Roseboro released this statement to 48 Hours:

We look for him to say “I didn’t kill my wife Jan”.

“My name is Michael Roseboro. I’ve been accused of killing my wife, Jan, who I’ve been married to for 19 years. I did not and I would never kill my wife. I had nothing to do with her murder, and I miss her very much”.

“I did not” is an unreliable denial, he violated component three of a reliable denial.

“I would never kill my wife” is an unreliable denial, he substitutes “didn’t” with  “would never” violating component two of a reliable denial.

“I had nothing to do with her murder” is an unreliable denial.

On September 25, 2009 Judge James Cullen imposed to Michael Roseboro the mandatory life sentence.

SALVATORE PAROLISI

Salvatore Parolisi

Ascoli, Italia.

On April 18, 2011, at 16.34 p.m. the owner of a restaurant made an emergency call from the cell phone of Corporal Salvatore Parolisi to report Parolisi’s wife, Melania Rea, 29, missing.

Melania Rea

In the afternoon of April 18, 2011, Corporal Salvatore Parolisi told the owner of the restaurant “Il Cacciatore”, Giovanna Flamini, that his wife was missing, after a few minutes search, he asked Mrs Flamini to speak with the 112 operator through his cell phone because he was too frantic to call, he then went to the bathroom to throw up.

Giovanna Flamini was unable to give the operator all the information he needs, therefore, after 2 minutes and 43 seconds, she invites Parolisi to speak with the 112. During the phone call Parolisi sounded deceptive, spoke at the past of his wife and appeared prematurely frantic and unable to concentrate.

A friend of Parolisi and co-worker, Raffaele Paciolla, who was with him in the early stage of the research of his wife told investigators that Salvatore was inexplicably frantic, unable to speak without gasping and that he kept burping.

Those were symptoms of the General Adaptation Syndrome. Parolisi had killed his wife Melania by stabbing her 35 times and he was unable to control the stress due to his fear of being caught.

Ursula Franco, MD and criminologist

BIBLIOGRAPHY

– Selye, H. 1950. Stress and the general adaptation syndrome. British Medical Journal.

– Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District. The PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Plaintiff–Appellee, v. Christopher COLEMAN, Defendant–Appellant.

– 48 HOURS MYSTERY (CBS), The Writing on the Wall.

– TIMOTHY PERMENTER, Petitioner, v. SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, et al., Respondent. United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division.

– Forensic Files – Season 13, Ep. 36: Writing on the Wall.

– SOLVED – Season 2, Ep. 1 Written in Blood.

– 48 HOURS MYSTERY (CBS), Lady in the pool.

– Reading Eagle- Roseboro found guilty of first-degree murder