Techniques of Interview and Interrogation

In This Chapter

Preparing for the meeting

Getting the most out of a witness

Outsmarting suspects for a confession

Taking notes

Recording interviews

Obtaining information from people is typically the largest part of a private investigator’s job. Attorneys ask investigators to track down witnesses and take statements from them. Insurance companies want PIs to look into accidents. Businesses ask investigators to solve internal thefts. Parents want their runaway teenagers returned. Criminal defense attorneys will hand you a list of witnesses to interview. Each of these types of cases involves interviewing witnesses and potential witnesses, and interrogating suspects.

A witness is an ...

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