Book Reviews of Portraits of Guilt by Jeanne Boylan

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Jeanne Boylan works at assignment writing service and draw near perfect portraits of the criminals. Her technique is the art form. She says, “The answers to uncovering memory reside in understanding the powerful inner workings of the human mind– and more importantly, in the power of the human heart. (p. 11)” She says “The higher the degree of personal trauma, the harder the mind works to discard or bury the image, but, also, the more likely it will have been encoded into memory in the first place, even if it is housed at a much deeper level of recall… Sometimes if we can coach the conscious mind to move aside we can still access the original untainted image–if there is reason enough for it to have been retained in memory. (p.13)” It is the release of emotions, no matter what form, that helps reach the image. She uses an interview technique, which brings the person into a safe space in order to access the memory without the emotions blocking it, and she uses carefully worded questions to prevent suggestions from distorting the original memory.

During her chapters about the devastating kidnap and murder of twelve year old Polly Klass, she provides new insight into how to recognize the veracity of an eyewitness account. She explains that when witnesses remember the trauma or the attacker differently that this is actually a sign that they are telling the truth because no two people remember an experience identically. The discrepancies help to validate and preserve the images and details of the memory for later needs (as long as suggestion has not been introduced). There is usually one stronger witness, however that witness will often have a degree of self-doubt that can be increased when she/he encounters discrepancies among the other witnesses. Jeanne Boylan was the first person on the case of Polly Klass to treat the witnesses (also twelve years old) with the validation and support that they needed.