One of the features of Alex Murdaugh's testimony. Up until this point, you can't miss it. He talks a lot. He provides a lot of information, including information that he's not asked about. What did you make of.
How he approached that Abbey? And thanks for the shout out, Sarah. A lot was happening here with his words there's something called statement analysis. There are words that have hidden meaning behind them.
And if we can start with this one, the strongest denial is always a no. So if I said to you, Abby and Sarah, are you on heroin right now? And you respond. Absolutely not. What kind of person do you think I'd be? I knew you were going to ask me these kinds of questions.
Truthful people convey liars, try to convince. And we hear that with him, considering. Absolutely not. Sara, can I play a little bit of that just so that our audience can see? Sure. Mr.Murdoch, did you take this gun or any gun like it and blow your son brains out on June 7th.
Or any day or any time? No, I did not. Did you shoot a 300 blackout into her head, causing her death? Mr.Griffin, I didn't shoot my wife or my son any time, ever. Sarah, I interrupted you, but please continue.
So the biggest thing would have just been saying no, first of all. But he's like, no, I did not, and I've never done this. And he goes on to this like I call it smoke screening, saying all, but just stop the clip. What I really want to pull,.
If you listen closely, he says things like unequivocally, absolutely. Not. This is overselling. Again, truthful people convey liars, try to convince. So we have some hot spots here. He also says something later and I don't know.
If you pulled the clip or not, but it's he says, What I can tell you is this with regard to the wife, did he call the wife to have her come home or did she come home on our own accord? He says, I can tell you this now.
Lance Armstrong, a sidebar here in a branch. Lance Armstrong came clean that he took steroids. Went on Oprah, said he took steroids. But when he made a statement to the AP press, he said, I told Oprah to go wherever she wants.
And I'll be open, honest and candid. That's all I can tell you when someone says something like, that's all I can tell you or I can tell you this, I'm going to tell you 100% of the time what it means. It means there's something they're not telling you.
So this right here to me is a smoking gun. That there is more to the story he's not sharing. And Janine, I apologize. I called you Sarah earlier that I meant to call you Janine. So but Sarah, to you now, I mean,.
This issue of his addiction is so critical here. It is the explanation that he has given for his lies. You said you would only put someone like Alec Murdoch on the stand if the objective here was to humanize himself. Do you think he has done that.
With his discussion of his addiction? And with even the emotion that he's shown on the stand? Abby, you know, yesterday I was hungry for more about his addiction you know,I thought that he said, oh, well, you know, I lied because I was paranoid. And the paranoia comes from the addiction,.
But it wasn't really digestible to me. And today, because Waters chose to go there, and I thought that was a big mistake. You cannot go down the road of addiction because it's not the same for everybody. The number of pills you take, the amount of money you spend, the withdrawals.
You experience, the functionality. I'm around a lot of attorneys who are just like Alec Murdoch, who are functional, who are winning trials but absolutely strung out on drugs, whatever the drug of choice might be. So it's a mistake to try to question somebody's addiction,.
Especially because it's not just him self-diagnosing himself. We have text messages with his family. We have text messages with the victims. We have other testimony that he was always fidgety. And, you know, that could have been when he was withdrawing.
So it was a big mistake to go down that rabbit hole by the prosecution. I think he did humanize himself. I don't know if the jury is going to make the connection between addiction and the cornerstone of it, this cornerstone of addiction,.
Which is conning, lying, covering up, you know, living a double life Those are things that are common to a to someone who's an addict and they become programed to do that. Now, that is that is just a fact. I just know because I've been around it personally and professionally.
But, you know, I think that it was a mistake to go there because I think he explained himself very well. I think he humanized himself with the second part of why put a client up on the stand is, you know, to explain facts. I think there are many instances.
Where Waters doesn't really know what he's even wanting from Alec Murdoch, and then he's surprised by the answer. And then he gets really annoyed and really frustrated. And I'm told the jurors some are rolling their eyes which is to me, a death knell. Janine, I want to go back to you.
Before we wrap up here. Look, there's a lot about Alec Murdoch that makes him really quite a character on the stand. But you do have to put it into the context, as Sara was saying, that he is an admitted addict.
So when you look at things like the licking of the lips and the poking out his tongue, you know, his mouth is dry. What does that signal to you from a body language perspective? And do you think jurors will attribute that perhaps to either lies or his addiction?.
Well, first of all, the drugs can in fact, do that. But you're really looking at when do these moments happen? When do these tongue protrusions come out? We see something very interesting when he pushes his tongue inside his mouth.
They're called pacifiers. The higher the pacifier, the more stress and anxiety. And this high level pacifier pushing the tongue inside his cheek. You see it often. They even do this actors and movies. And it indicates.
Usually this smugness, this content contentedness where it's demonstrating like this is a joke, like I'm being contemptuous. But this is interesting. He's very charming. You know, yesterday in the courtroom, they had a couple of jurors crying.
At the same time, we have a mirror neurons. If he cries and we cry, that makes us like him because we experience it. I think the the prosecuting attorney is going to have his hands full here.
With the jury. I would always say the best way to detect deception is to not have the aspect of the person you're looking at in analyzing if they're crying, if they're screaming, if they're mad, if they're contemptuous,.
If they're disgusted, you have no affect. You will make a better decision. On if this person's telling the truth. The fact that two jurors were crying yesterday to female jurors is not good for the prosecuting attorney because it's going to be very hard.
To turn the tide on those two women to say, oh, no, you just were duped, my dear, because we have this innate. I said, you want to be right or do you want to be effective? Most of us want to be right. And the body language,.
He leaks a lot of disgust. And this is discussed. This disgust is repelling contaminated objects. It doesn't belong here. If anything, we should have sadness here. Authentic sadness. We should maybe have fear. Hey, who did it?.
If it wasn't him, who did it? Where is that? Where is that part of him? It's just not showing up. I'm going to let Sara get in real quick before we go. Go ahead, Sara. Yeah, just to just to Diane's point, you know, there was that,.
And I was saying there's moments where it looks like Murdoch is cross-examining the prosecutor with respect to why you why you have never mentioned in all of these months that, you know,this was a lie and clear up your lie about being at the kennels. You know,.
It was terrible when he said you I've been trying to get a meeting with you and you have refused to meet with me and my lawyers. It doesn't matter whether at that meeting he would actually come clean about this lie.
It matters. And it goes to that whole sloppy investigation and the totality of this that they really singled him out they decided he killed his wife and son and it was like, we're not interested in talking to you anymore,.
You know, so that that was a bad moment for the prosecution, in my opinion. Really, fascinating analysis from both of you. Sara Azari and Janine Driver, thank you both for joining us on this one.
3 thoughts on “Physique language expert weighs in on Alex Murdaugh testimony”
I dangle he did it. However I judge his wife and son is no longer going to get the justice they deserve. Gruesome.
Crying and emotion is one thing. Letting snot visibly tumble so veritably is grossly overdone emotion for drama all over again to make folk feel sorry for him. Imo!
I’m so chuffed you brought up the “dry mouth” sucking smacking. . When he used to be continue to exist the stand I tweeted about that bringing a “present” that he used to be mendacity and No One said the rest excluding one person saying it used to be dry mouth. I said … He entirely does it when he’s asked the laborious questions, but then he rambled on and on with no smacking dry mouth sounds. It really reminded me of Kobe Bryant (RIP) decades ago in a press convention being asked about his affair. He denied it and He smacked and licked everywhere his mouth and he used to be mendacity. (Later he admitted it).