Wednesday 28 March 2018

“When Cinderella is no longer a fairy tale"

When a child's relationship arises, it often seems that the world is going backwards mainly when it is not foreseen. Because of this, in many cases parents end up unable to deal with pressure and decide to separate, thinking that probably will be the best for their child.

So far nothing new, because unfortunately, these cases are becoming increasingly commonplace, as well as everyone refuses their lives with another person, with which this pressure does not exist anymore. At the beginning of any new relationship we are left with the impression that everything is pink, where everything is perfect and nothing can endanger. Here is the key problem!

Many times we are so full of passion that we remain blind and enter into the lives of our children, to people who mean a lot in our lives, but not in our children's lives, which could ruin the welfare of our family.

Unhappy today, it has been proven that all these stories of our childhood, mere fictional stories that our parents read before bedtime, became partly more and more real. The wicked witches of madrastres reported in tales stopped being characters and began to be part of the lives of many children.

At the moment we apparently live "Cinderella" stories in real life and in many cases do not have a happy ending, because unfortunately, evil ends up winning.

Each parent has the right to rebuild his life, but it is increasingly important that before this happens, he / she is aware of the person who is introducing into the life of his son to prevent later misfortune.
Preventive research is therefore an essential tool to avoid future misfortunes. Do a thorough search on the person's background, know their life history, keep in mind if the way they were known was the most appropriate, and understand the true intentions of this person, they are the most initial steps Suitable to be followed before stopping his son and forming a consistent family nucleus.

In order to overcome any doubt nothing better than the help of specialized Private Detectives.

Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Private Investigator
of Oliver Detectives

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Neither Sherlock nor Mr Robot, this is about a Private Detective girl

picture of Jordi Llorca

On Tuesday, March 20, an article was published in Vice España prepared by the journalist Jordi Llorca, where we participated exposing curiosities of our sector, in a colloquial way and without hairs in the language. Aimed at all those who want to dive into the world of private investigation, resolving doubts in a closer way and with the intention that you can contextualize the world of Private Detectives a little beyond James Bond and Sherlock Holmes. We invite you all to read the article, Ten questions that you have always wantedto ask a private detective.

And remember ... do you investigate or are you investigated?

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Interviews and Non-Verbal Communication

[...] Whoever keeps silent with his lips, talks with the tips of his fingers, reveals himself with all his pores.
Freud S., 1905

When we think about private research, among other things, we think about the search for truth, search for the perfect strategy, search for information, optimal results, satisfied customers, satisfied detectives. However, how can we get all this?

Surely with experience, study and determination. But what else? Something in which we should automatically think about research professionals is in the analysis of communication and non-verbal behavior, a tool that is not only powerful, but rather fundamental.

This analysis, about the whole situation and the people involved, leads the professional to go in the right direction as it helps him to formulate the right questions to oneself, to the client and to the investigated ones.
All this, because behind the information, there are possible lies or half-truths, behaviors done in bad faith or simply unimportant actions, which however if discovered can facilitate the investigation. Today we will see some indicators to take into account.

The lie:
"The deliberate attempt, successful or not, to hide, generate and / or otherwise manipulate factual and / or emotional information, by verbal and / or non-verbal means in order to create or maintain in another person (s) ( s) a belief that the communicator himself considers false "(Masip et al., 2004, page 148 cit in Gonzalez-Ordi, 2013).

Investigating lies is not an easy task. In addition different studies show how in a conversation of 10 minutes you can get to lie at least three times, especially if it is to give the best image of ourselves (Feldman, R., 2010). This in daily life, let us imagine if we know that they are analyzing us.

Aldert Vrij, a British psychologist, in 2001 and in 2007 provides a scheme of different reasons that may lie below a lie:
  • To offer a positive impression avoiding embarrassing situations or leading to social disapproval.
  • To maintain a good social interaction (the "social lies" that are the majority)
  • To obtain a personal benefit.
  • Avoid punishment.
  • To benefit another person (compliments on hair, clothes, etc).
  • Material or psychological reasons.

 Above all social lies, they basically serve to avoid daily conflicts and to benefit the flow of the
  • The same author (2008), tells us that a good liar:
  • It is well documented, to avoid inconsistencies.
  • It is original throughout the speech.
  • You have to think fast, because in front of a stimulus as a question, pauses or inarticulations like "emm ... ehh .." They usually identify with a long reaction time that is not typical of the person who tells the truth.
  • They have to have a good memory, so as not to use different arguments.
  • Be a good actor.
  • Do not experience feelings of fear or guilt because they are the emotions that are going to betray the individual especially through their nonverbal behavior, in fact one of the best strategies is self-deception (how much the individual believes more in his lie more will cheat ).

How to detect all this?
In different studies it has been shown that both a police expert and a university student, a normal citizen or a private detective have the same capacity, that is very close to chance (Aamondt & Custer, 2006). Variables such as detection security, age, experience or studies are not significant.
Therefore we see how the analysis of protocolarized nonverbal behavior is a fundamental tool when doing an investigation, because it helps to add evidence or inconsistencies from which one can infer logical deductions that will help to take the correct path.
There are different ways to improve the lie detection capacity:
  • Be suspicious, suspecting when there are indications of possible reasons to lie or hide part of the truth.
  • Ask cheating questions.
  • Be well informed and documented.
  • Ask to repeat part of the story, also on different days.
  • Listen while observing the interlocutor very carefully, since the emotions expressed through nonverbal behavior play a very important role during a story.
  • Compare behavior in different neutral contexts and with verbal content.

There are some non-verbal indicators that we can and should take into consideration when analyzing an individual and his discourse. These are the result of a greater effort of the celebro in producing something not true. Always keeping in mind the basic pattern of behavior (which serves as a comparison), these indicators can be:
  • A high tone of voice.
  • Perform fewer movements.
  • Make fewer illustrative gestures with less detail.
  • Make more breaks during the story.
  • Increased neurovegetative activity.
  • Lack of congruence between facial patterns and emotional expression.
  • To these it adds some verbal indicators that are:
  • Less convincing answers.
  • Speeches with few details.
  • More indirect and / or shorter answers.
  • Less self-referrals are made (I think, I think that), which is an unconscious technique of not assuming responsibility.
  • Speeches chronologically too correct (when we say the truth we usually tend to correct ourselves because we remember things throughout the speech).
  • There are more negative statements and less temporal, spatial and perception references.

Misip J., et al, Definition of deception, Vol. 20, Num 1 (2004) in Annals of Psychology Vrij, A. (2008). Detecting lies and deceit (2ndEd.). New York: Wiley.

Federica Cossu 

For more information about Federica Cossu, expert criminologist and sociologist, you can access her information and professional contact:

Wednesday 7 March 2018

It is 30 years since the disappearance of the brothers Pires and Orrit.

We are closer and closer to being able to discover where the brothers of Manresa disappeared 30 years ago, and to be able to give an answer to why and with whom they escaped that night without giving any trace.

In this interview elaborated by Abel Gallardo Soto for Regió7, we disengage at what point we are in the investigation and what are the facts that motivate us to keep trying.

We find evidence of intention to escape:
  •        Delaying behaviors of Dolores
  •        Strange family behaviors
  •        External help to disappear
  •         Family problems.
These facts and many more motivate us not to cease our convictions and intuitions, founded on the indications of a situation that goes beyond a disappearance.

We are facing a case of exceptional difficulty and double disappearance, unusual events in cases of missing persons.

The protocols followed in this research are based on our professional experience and scientific methods of Info Criminal Analysis and especially in the Psychological Autopsy.

To read the Regió7 interview, you can access from here.

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