SOME killers will go a long way to prove how “innocent” they are when after brutally murdering their partners.
From pleading at press conferences, to helping in searches, and even consoling their wives’ families – there was nothing these murderers wouldn’t do to protect their freedom.
But in the end, it was their behaviours, not their words that caught them out as cops smelt a rat and saw through their crocodile tears.
Experts have now explained to The Sun Online how these killers often attempt to immerse themselves in their apparent grief to try and fool investigators and the public.
Casting themselves as heroes in their stories, or as doting fathers ready to step in and protect their children, their appeals and fake tears now chill to the bone.
And it comes as the case of Gabby Petito grips the world with her parents demanding her missing fiancé Brian Laundrie come clear over her disappearance after she was found dead.
As Laundrie’s whereabouts are unknown and cops called off a search for him as he could be hiding in an alligator-infested swamp in Florida, his recent body language has been analyzed by armchair detectives.
Internet sleuths claim they have spotted chilling behaviours from police bodycam footage from August 12 that suggests he knows more than he is letting on.
And while Gabby was visibly distressed as she explained to the officer what they had been arguing about, Laundrie was seen joking and laughing with the cops.
Laundrie however has not been charged over her death as the probe continues.
Forensic experts believe that behaviour and body language can be a key component in solving murders like the following men who were eventually caught out by detectives.
Behavioural analyst and human lie detector Dr Cliff Lansley, from the Emotional Intelligence Academy, told The Sun Online how subtle cues can often give away a killer.
What gives away the deception is when the behaviour is inconsistent with the story being told
Dr Cliff Lansley
“What gives away the deception is when the behaviour is inconsistent with the story being told,” he told the Sun Online.
“If we see any behaviour that is inconsistent with the account, his baseline and the context – we call that a ‘point of interest’.”
And this can be seen in the chilling case of killer dad Chris Watts where he revealed his guilt with four gestures, Dr Lansley said.
In the days immediately following the disappearance of his wife and their two daughters in 2018, Watts had cast himself as the doting husband and father, releasing multiple video appeals and aiding Colorado cops with their investigation.
But Dr Lansley claimed that footage of Watts during those interviews reveals his guilt in the subtle gestures he made.
One included him showing an “expression of pleasure” when he said he “wants his family back.”
“If you look at Watts’ face in more detail with a close-up, on the left-hand side you’ll see baseline. This is Watts’ normal face during the non-emotional parts of the interview,” Dr Lansley says, comparing two images of Watts’ face.
“But on the right, when he says, ‘I just want them back,’ and he’s talking about his children here, you see the lip corners raised; you see the eyes tighten.
“His cheeks are raised. This combination of these two muscles is an indicator of genuine pleasure.”
Dr Lansely alleges that even more clues came at the end of the interview when Watts looked down at the camera to make a direct appeal to Shanann, Bella, and Celeste to come home.
“While he’s saying that, he slings out a left hand – a hand shrug – which rotates anticlockwise,” Cliff notes in the documentary that can be streamed on discovery+.
“Now, a single hand shrug is not enough for a behavioural analyst to rely on, but when he closes his eyes for a full second, and you see a slight head shake no when he’s making the claim he wants them back.
“We’ve got a cluster of four behaviours which say there’s nothing in this statement that you have confidence in, because it’s not true.”
In November 2018, Watts pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and their two daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three.
Another killer dad caught out of his web of lies was Babis Anagnostopoulos who gave harrowing TV interviews pouring his heart out and begging anyone with information to come forward.
Babis initially told police that his wife had been murdered by burglars.
He claimed that the criminals tied him up and blindfolded him before putting a gun to his baby’s head and demanding money.
Speaking to reporters on May 14, he said that he had discovered his wife had been murdered when police officers removed the tape covering his eyes.
Body language expert Judi James pinpointed three main giveaways as Babis spoke to the world about the horror.
She explained he chose to keep a cool head and “steered clear of the kind of emotional breakdown that people might have been expecting”.
While reliving the supposed robbery, Babis “promoted himself as the heroic avenger of his wife’s death”.
But as he divulged more information about the fateful night, “he performs more eye cut-offs, looking down rather than straight ahead”.
Judi explains this is a typical tactic of concealment, or in the case of genuine grief, a move to try and hold back tears.
Cops spent weeks searching for the fictional Albanian criminals that Babis said had broken into his home and strangled his wife to death.
He spent 38 days maintaining the charade, including hugging Caroline’s mum at her memorial.
However, on June 17, he confessed to killing his wife after she vowed to leave him
Another killer husband that concocted a twisted web of lies to cover up his wife’s murder was Justin Barber.
Clips from interviews with police and TV crews show Barber feigning shock and sadness as he puts on a “quivering” voice while speaking about his wife’s killing.
Dr Lansley revealed how the monster also cried crocodile tears in a bid to convince those around him he was the victim of a brutal robbery.
He also gives himself away with head shakes that negate what he is telling officers and the public.
Dr Lansley said: “He’s not feeling sad here, he’s faking it… he’s squeezing the eyeballs with his thumb and his forefinger.
“We see this so often when people want to create some tears on their cheeks.”
But there is a possibility that normal signs of guilt may not be picked up on because the murderers feel no guilt, body language expert Ms James revealed.
“There should be normal signs of guilt to pick up on, which will often be signs of stress, like rapid, staccato movements, eye cut-offs, self-comfort rituals and/or changes to breathing and muscle tension,” she told the Sun Online.
“But many wife murderers feel little if any guilt.
“Some lack the normal ability to feel emotion, others can be Narcissists and some might believe they were justified in their actions.
“Some even seem to enjoy the performance and be arrogant enough to believe they can fool the police and the public easily.”
And meanwhile, former casino worker Mitchell Quy was so confident that he would get away with murdering his wife Lynsey Wilson that he allowed documentary filmmakers into his home.
Quy was captured as the doting father – willing to answer questions about the missing mother of his two kids.
During the filming in 1998, Quy repeatedly refused to answer questions about his wife and whether he had played a part in her disappearance.
But linguistics specialist Dawn Archer said that his act was a strategy called “attacking the legitimacy”.
“Several times in the documentary he talks about having already answered [that] question,” she said.
“So, it’s a defensive mechanism, it’s an evasive strategy. If you don’t want to answer the question directly you ridicule the question or the questioner.”
At the time he sickeningly appealed for Lynsey to come home and even called into radio stations and appeared on talk shows, claiming that Lynsey had just got up and left one day, but had never returned.
For 18 months Quy arrogantly denied that any part of his wife’s disappearance until he pleaded guilty at a trial at Liverpool Crown court in 2001.
Quy was jailed for life in January 2001, with Elliot sentenced to seven years for helping to dispose of her body.
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