Tears, Lies and Videotape - 1
Début 2008, Karen Matthews versa des larmes devant les caméras TV pour le retour de sa fille disparue, Shannon, alors qu'elle savait où celle-ci se trouvait. Gordon Wardell et Tracie Andrews ont tenu des conférences de presse après avoir tué leurs conjoints. Les psychologues David Canter et Paul Ekman examinent les spots vidéos d'hommes et de femmes qui se sont proclamés innocents et ont été trouvés coupables.
Il est intéressant de comparer le discours de David Canter sur ces affaires, en particulier sur l'affaire Matthews, avec ce qu'il a dit de l'affaire MC.
Voice Over : (General scenes of police activity) High-profile crimes – played out on the TV. A person goes missing. A body is found. The cameras arrive and the police make full use of the publicity.
VO : (showing clips of people later featured in the programme) Desperate relatives appear to make appeals for information. It’s emotional. It’s raw. But sometimes it’s fake.
Pictures of Professor David Canter (DC) and Professor Paul Ekman (DC) : Tonight, the UK’s leading forensic psychologist and the foremost criminal body language expert in the world examine the tears, the lies and the videotape.
Journalist : I was absolutely taken in by her.
Neighbour : I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach by someone I trusted.
VO : (Karen Matthews smirking) Were the signs there all along? 999 call made by Karen Matthews is played.
Operator : Police emergency?
Julie Bushby : (Community Organiser) Everybody turned up. People that you don’t normally see. You know that they live on the estate but you’ve never spoken to them. But everybody was there, just trying to do their bit.
VO : (Karen and Craig outside the house at night in ‘Find Shannon’ t-shirts, looking concerned) For the media, now encamped in Dewsbury Moor, Karen Matthews and her partner, Craig Meehan, sound and look like anxious parents. News interview with them outside one night.
KM : (inside the house putting clothes into cupboards. Voice of neighbour) Well, looking back now, yes, she was shy and tearful in front of the cameras and really outgoing, laughed a lot and joked when there were no cameras around.
DC : She doesn’t quite know what to do with it. It’s totally different from the way Kate McCann carried the teddy everywhere with her as some sort of reassurance of her daughter.
KM : (shaking head) Just let her go.
VO : Soham, Cambridgeshire. 2002. One of the most infamous killers in recent times, Ian Huntley. Interviewed 11 days after murdering schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, his portrays no hint of emotion.