Robbie Parker Statement “Off”?

Robbie Parker smiling..?

Robbie Parker smiling..?

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.

0.22, 1.01 & 1.15 - appears to be smiling

0.22, 1.01 & 1.15 – appears to be smiling

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…


About Stu Dunn

Stu Dunn, Founder of SDL Behavioural Science Consultancy and Head Consultant, International Speaker, FACS Certified, Micro Expressions, Body Language & Deception Detection Expert. Stu Dunn is the first Facial Action Coding System (FACS) Certified consultant in New Zealand. Stu has had a natural interest in human behaviour and non verbal communication for most of his life. Stu's continued study of psychology, body language, micro expressions and FACS has helped him become New Zealand's leading expert in micro expressions, emotional surveillance and FACS (FACS is the most detailed de-coding of the face, and universally recognized by psychologists and physiologists worldwide). Stu is also one of the first in the world to achieve Master Level on Humintell's Mix Elite Micro Expressions software. Stu has been studying body language since 2001, and has worked with participants from New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Germany, Afghanistan, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Macedonia and Sri Lanka so far. This includes working with participants from the NZ Defence, IRD Fraud Investigators, Sri Lankan Customs, Homeland Security, Telecom NZ and Vodafone to name a few. Stu's areas of expertise include: micro expressions, emotions and emotional surveillance, body language, deception, interviewing, training, business consulting, video analysis (evaluating truthfulness & credibility), FACS coding (videos, pictures and animation), sales training, assistance with criminal and private investigations.
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8 Responses to Robbie Parker Statement “Off”?

  1. Anon says:

    Thanks for this.

  2. Anne says:

    I thought there was something “off” as well. It seemed odd to be giving a press conference moments after the victim’s names were released. I’m sure he’s fishing for a book deal, and he’ll probably get it.

  3. Charles Harris says:

    I am hearing-impaired and have been all my Life. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago that I discovered what my ability to “read faces” was called.

    This struck me as “not right.” I had the same reaction to an interview with one of the mothers of a victim. There is not enough stress in their faces. Perhaps it is vallium to help them cope.

  4. Charles Harris says:

    Just your link to the Medical Examiner. Had seen that previously. Do not even know where to begin with that one.

  5. SDL says:

    Dr. Paul Ekman’s Letter to the Editor in the San Francisco Chronicle; “Trigger locks can save kids” 15th January, 2013.

  6. Pingback: 12 Mar 2013 Expression | The Blog for Stu Dunn

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