Unfortunately, according to Douglas Starr, who published and did extensive research on the method, the Reid technique relies on outdated and discredited science and unqualified psychology.
The most popular modern technique for interrogation — the one that has been taught in most police academies since the 70s — is the Reid Technique, named after the Chicago policeman who developed it in the 40s.It relies on a careful building of rapport, tests for reliability on known answers to control questions, and observation of body language to identify anxiety, which, according to Reid, is a signal for lying.In court, a confession is the most trusted evidence a prosecutor can present.In some cases, a confession will explain away inconsistencies in evidence, contradictory witness testimony, and later recanted versions of the confession. A satisfied police interrogator will congratulate himself for solving the case, when in fact, he may have ruined an innocent man’s life, allowed a real criminal to continue committing crimes, and cost the government a lot of money for a wrong prosecution. When investigators began bringing in suspects for the Lindbergh kidnapping, Historically, confessions were a simple matter of applying the so-called third degree.Anxiety is a normal reaction to being in a high stress situation.
Conversely, there are many liars who can look you in the eye and tell you with conviction anything they want you to believe.