Two suspects have been apprehended by the CID.
One is placed in a waiting
room, next to a stenographer, while the other is taken into the interrogation room.
Approximately one hour later the stenographer is called into the room and told to
bring a pad and pencil. When she returns, she starts to type what is written on
the pad. She pauses, and asks the subject in the waiting room how he spells his
last name. A few minutes later the suspect from the waiting room is taken to the
interrogation room, vacated by the first subject, where the special agent asks,
"Well, what do you want to say?"
What technique was being used by the
Futility of denying guilt.
Playing one suspect against another.