Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Russell Williams Interrogation

Picking up on Vicki’s topic from yesterday, I would like to present this rather lengthy clip (30 minutes). It is an edited version of 10 hours of interrogation by a highly-skilled Ontario Provincial Police officer who specializes in this sort of thing.

So why am I bringing this to your attention? Because as crime writers, sooner or later every one of us is faced with writing this sort of scene. Note the ratcheting up of tension with each long pause where the suspect tries to collect his thoughts, tries to spot a way out that is never going to appear.

This case has particularly caught the attention of the Canadian public because Russell Williams, the commander of CFB Trenton, one Canada’s largest and busiest bases, and a superstar officer who flew the Queen and Prime Ministers, would have been about the last person you’d expect to have committed these crimes. He falls outside of every boundary you’d imagine for a serial killer and psychopath, and that’s what makes the situation and this interrogation so fascinating. If you want to write a totally gripping interrogation scene, or if you just want to see how the pros do it, click HERE and learn.

(Don’t worry. It’s not horribly graphic. If you can get through the normal scene in a police procedural, this is not much different.)

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