In any case he draws instead on a reflexive strategy

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In any case, he draws instead, on a reflexive strategy which may refresh his memory. He tries to reconstruct events by remembering how long he was at the house. This is interesting in its own right and also because it is a strategy used by the interviewer as we will see later and encouraged by cognitive interview training (Fisher and Geiselman, 1992). The interviewer then returns to the original question (line 4) by converting the duration provided by the witness into time, based on the 3pm arrival time discussed in the previous section, Time 1. Again, the interviewee exhibits uncertainty and the two negotiate a mutually satisfactory conclusion, with the interviewer asking “do you think” (line 4) and “would that be alright” (line 6). They return to this later in the same version: From version 2: I 1 2 you were with Jez Terry Kevin and another guy that you can’t remember his name = W 3 = yeh I 4 (4.5) ok (.) so you all left about 6 o’clock and you went to this guy’s house W 5 6 yeh (.) I’m not sure if it was about 6 it’s probably ups- earlier about more earlier than that (.)[not I’m not sure of the time] we ((went through ‘til)) 7 [earlier than that you think ] I 8 (.) ok (.) how many of you went Here, the interviewer re-presents information discussed in the previous excerpt. He contextualises it amongst details of participants and locations. Again, the witness responds (lines 5 and 6) by expressing uncertainty and discomfort with the decision which they made earlier, the inclusion of 6pm. The interviewer’s response to these qualms is fascinating. He interrupts the interviewee (line 7), perhaps supportively, but then moves on to a different topic without fully resolving this (line 8). Here, we do not see any attempt to negotiate an agreed time or to help the witness to remember the time.
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It appears in the next excerpt, however, that the interviewer has noted the witness’ concern that the estimate of 6pm might be incorrect. This excerpt is from version 3, where the interviewer takes up the idea of “6 o’clock or earlier”: From version 3: 1 I you were all there the mood was great yeh 2 W ye[h 3 I [and you left there (.) about 6 o’clock or earlier 4 W Yeh 5 I and then you went to the man’s house This is the formulation which appears in the statement, but in view of the way it was discovered we might want to question its usefulness as evidence and a potential investigative foothold. 5.3 Time 3 – Arriving at the victim’s house and the duration of time spent there Next, we move to the proposed arrival time at the subsequent location, meeting 2. This is presented in the final statement using the following: We went directly to this mans house which is on X rd almost opposite Y rd. On the left. At this time, I’m not sure what time it was , but I can say that I had not seen this man before The inclusion of “directly” is intriguing. The witness and interviewer have extensively discussed the journey between meetings 1 and 2 and the witness has talked fluently about the route taken and events which occurred en route.
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