he purpose of a police interrogation is to obtain further information about a crime that has been committed. The importance of the interview depends on the evidence available in the case. When there is substantial evidence, the interview would be used to clarify unsolved issues (e.g., the whereabouts of some of the stolen goods, the motives of the criminal, and so on). Cooperation of a suspect is often necessary to solve such issues but not crucial for a conviction. A recent example is the case of Dr. Shipman, Britain’s “most prolific serial killer” (The Independent, 1 February 2000). He was a general practitioner and has been found guilty of murdering 15 women. He received 15 life sentences on 31 January 2000. Dr. Shipman denied all 15 charges and the 57-day trial uncovered no obvious motive of the killings. Dr. Shipman was convicted merely on the basis of evidence against him.
|Title of host publication||Adversarial versus inquisitorial justice: psychological perspectives on criminal justice systems|
|Editors||P. van Koppen, S. Penrod|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Kluwer Academic Publishers|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Name||Perspectives in law & psychology|