Criminal Justice Emmett Case Study

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Offender’s Behavior
Initially in Emmett’s interview, Emmett was quiet and going along as if he was cooperating and assisting with the investigation. As far as Emmett’s knowledge, he was only a witness. Emmett immediately, but casually, recognizes a picture of Amy, and then he begins to be dishonest the rest of the interview. He even lingers between different lies and continuously changes his story. Emmett displaced any guilt Trice even slightly insinuated towards him onto his sister’s boyfriend. He accepted no blame and persisted to act completely innocent. Emmett proceeds to coolly claim that him and Amy had hooked up. He seems to waiver between stating they had vaginal intercourse to just oral sex. Trice reveals to Emmett that this was a
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Emmett attempts to act surprised and saddened by this news, but did not seem genuine at all. Trice then discloses that Emmett’s DNA evidence was found in the bathroom, and that he knew Emmett had sexual contact with Amy in the bathroom the night of her death. He asked if Trice was sure because he had a do-rag on hinting that he had taken some kind of precaution, though a poor one. Subsequently after Trice reassured it was his DNA, Emmett changes up his story and admits they had sexual contact the night of Amy’s death, still acting casual. He then carries on to paint Amy a promiscuous victimology to justify his actions with no remorse. Emmett gives Trice more information than what was asked so it would look as though he was cooperating. He also believed that it would look like he was ahead of trice in the interview, however that was clearly not the case. Emmett’s behavior starts to slightly change. He begins being more detailed and specific with his lies. His story also starts to change more often. This most likely due to Emmett slowly realizing he does not have the control and the investigators possibly know his guilt. Although throughout the entire interview, Emmett never gives …show more content…
As stated previously, Emmett lacked any sign of empathy and could not admit any guilt. Lacking empathy is the major sign of psychopathy because this exposes that they cannot see another’s perspective outside their own, (Turvey, 2008). Also, Emmett showed no empathy towards Amy’s death and even insinuated she was very promiscuous. When Emmett attempted to seem distraught or guilty, his emotions appeared shallow and lacked sincerity. Not only that, when he was “distressed” about the news of Amy’s death, that emotion only seemed to have lasted forty-five seconds. He was also able to commit this heinous crime with being the father to three children. He pathologically lied during the whole interview, even when told his DNA was found. Pathological lying is a sign psychopathy, but also signals impulsivity, (Turvey, 2008). Another way Emmett is impulsive is the fact that he did not originally plan to murder Amy when he went to her apartment. He had a compulsion to do so and he recognized an opportunity, (Turvey, 2008). To fit the criteria for grandiose, Emmett showed little attempt for precautionary act due to inflated self-worth. (Turvey, 2008). He had no clean up, and he even had Amy’s phone cover on his cell phone as a trophy. The fact that Emmett kept a trophy can support that he not only lacked any remorse, but that he was gratified with his doings, (Hirstein, 2013). Another characteristic of psychopaths is manipulation and