Robbie Parker – father of Connecticut shooting 6 year old victim Emilie Parker – seems to be smiling a little too much at the beginning of his statement, and in my opinion isn’t showing any forehead or eyebrow movements associated with sadness or grief. Baring this in mind, I don’t have a baseline of Robbie Parker’s normal behaviour, so I’m basing this post on what I consider “unusual” behaviour under the circumstances.
In the clip below Robbie Parker is seen smiling and laughing before he takes several deep breaths (which could be interpreted as getting himself into the right “grief” state of mind) just before he starts his statement. I’m not saying he’s lying – I am suggesting that this is very unusual behaviour.
In the slightly extended clip below, the main thing I notice is the lack of forehead movement, no oblique eyebrow movements (FACS codes 1+4) which I always look for in sadness.
There appears to be a holding back of tears at times, and yet I get the impression that it’s not very genuine. Why? Perhaps he’s on Valium to calm him down. Perhaps he’s so depressed and sleep deprived that he’s acting strangely. Maybe this is his normal behaviour. Or perhaps there’s something else going on…