Don’t be cocky. For God’s sake, never make the mistake of revealing that you think you are smarter than the cops. And don’t boast. Just express confidence in your own innocence. Because, after all, just the slightest lapse in confidence that the cops can misinterpret as the possibility that you just might not be able to worm your way out of getting away with it can doom you.
The cops on TV ALWAYS get their man and that man is ALWAYS guilty. And here’s the sicker, sadder truth: this has conditioned Americans to expect that the same applies in real life. And here is where it gets sickest and saddest: we are okay with cops beating up guilty people. After all, they deserve it.
It was during the infancy of forensic science when fingerprint evidence was still viewed with highly dubious suspicion by most people that Mark Twain included a scene in his story Puddn’head Wilson in which he wrote ‘Every human being carries with him from his cradle to his grave certain physical marks which do not change their character, and by which he can always be identified – and that without shade of doubt or question’. From that point on, suspicion of fingerprint evidence began to decline.
Ellery Queen once proved a suspect guilty by revealing that the main suspect was not holding a bottle suspected to be full of poison in a guilty way because he was right-handed.