Crime Signals: How to Spot a Criminal Before You Become a Victim
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Crime Signals helps you stop crime before it starts. David Givens, one of the nation's foremost experts in nonverbal communication, offers a fascinating and instructive look at crime, and into the tell-tale signs that give away all offenders―if you're trained to see them.
From the signals of a swindler to the warning signs that experts use to help thwart terrorism and violent crime, this book breaks down a criminal's body language into clear recognizable symbols:
• What does it mean if an assailant's face turns suddenly pale?
• Is a pat on the arm from a salesman a sign of sincerity, or an indication that you're about to get scammed?
• Does a liar make fewer hand gestures while they're lying―or more?
• If an aggressor shrugs his shoulders, should you be afraid?
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive guide to the body language of criminals. With amazing stories and instructive steps, it will change the way you view the world.
notice that head bowing is accompanied by downcast eyes. The six muscles that cooperate to move each eyeball are common to all vertebrates. Direct eye contact (or “primary gaze,” i.e., looking straight ahead) involves all six muscles. Gazing down occurs as the inferior rectus muscle, which is governed by the oculomotor nerve (cranial III), contracts as the prime mover. Shameful or guilty feelings move our eyes downward through protective circuits established millions of years ago in lower,
years, and no one, including the doctor, took him seriously. Sometime before or after his psychiatric counseling, Charlie took a giant misstep backward and began using the potent amphetamine Dexedrine. Then, on July 22, 1966, Whitman visited the tower observation deck with his brother, John. The crime signals were piling up. On July 31, 1966, the increasingly agitated Charles Whitman suddenly reached a point of calm, as his friends noticed just hours before the crime. “From that moment on,”
* * * Colors worn by Vice Lords are gold, black, and red. Team clothing—a University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), sweatshirt, a Chicago Bulls T-shirt, or a Chicago Blackhawks red-and-black jacket—shows membership through colors and letters (UNLV backward signifies “Vice Lords Nation United”). Additionally, members wear tattoos of the five-pointed star and spray-paint graffiti images of top hats on neighborhood walls. These are all visual components of the Vice Lord uniform. We understand
slung over her right shoulder, she looked back and saw a third man about to reach inside. Two to preoccupy, one to grasp from behind. My wife swung her purse in front, and the trio melted away in the crowd. * * * Men should know that street thieves sometimes use neckties as convenient nooses to dominate, demean, and control the victims they rob. As you walk a mean street, take off your tie. If you must travel on a vacant city sidewalk, keep clear of concealed doorways and alley entrances
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