A body language expert analyzed the behavior of a banker who lied to police about killing an escort. The video shows how easy it is for people to conceal their real emotions.
Many people are aware that lying is illegal, but many of them still do it. A recent study revealed that even when police see how someone lies through body language, they’re less likely to believe the person than if they tell their story straight out.
Zahid Naseem continued to attempt to persuade investigators that he had no knowledge of Christina Abbotts’ disappearance (Photos: Faking It/PA).
In an interview with police, a City banker who killed an escort lies through his teeth, saying he had no knowledge what happened to her.
On May 28, 2018, Zahid Naseem, 50, bludgeoned Christina Abbotts, 28, to death with a kitchen pestle.
Before unleashing his cocaine and champagne-fueled onslaught, he had paid her for a night of sex. For her murder, he is presently receiving a life sentence.
Now, tapes have been released on Discovery’s new series Faking It, which show Naseem attempting to lie about what occurred that night many times.
Despite his claims that he is in shock and has no clue how Ms Abbotts died, experts of body language and linguistics explain how he reveals himself.
When asked how the £3,500-per-night escort caused her injuries, Naseem says, “I really don’t know, that’s why I’m startled.”
Ms Abbotts charged up to £3,500 a night for her services (Picture: PA)
The program then switches to Doctor Cliff Lansley, who adds, ‘A single-sided shoulder shrug contradicts his assertion that he doesn’t know.’ This isn’t meant for you to see; it’s subliminal.’
Dr Lansley concludes that Naseem is’very clear about what transpired in that room and he’s lying’ since he is observed blinking his eyes too much.
Naseem alters his sitting posture throughout the interrogation to slouch sideways in the chair and make a mournful expression to ‘get cops on his side.’
‘When the brows elevate and the mouth arches, it generates a signal of grief,’ adds Dr. Lansley. That’s what occurs when we experience it.
Doctor Cliff Lansley stated how Naseem’s body language revealed the truth to him unconsciously (Picture: Faking It)
While being questioned by police, Naseem shrugs his shoulder and puts on a mournful expression (Picture: Faking It)
‘However, you may make the same arch and seem to be sorrowful to get sympathy and compassion when you’re in the wrong by jutting your chin and pursing your lip when you’re in the wrong.
‘When you urge a youngster to express grief, they pout, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.’
‘On his lips, he’s adopting a scowl stance. His chin rises, and a little scowl appears on his lip.
‘With this combo, we may express grief or sulking. At this point, it’s not going to persuade anybody to feel sorry for them.’
Naseem took too long to answer questions, according to linguistics professor Dawn Archer (PIcture: Faking It)
In addition to his deceptive body language, the father of two also communicates in a manner that allows the truth to slip through his fingers.
Naseem was’really struggling’ with the line of questions, according to linguistics professor Dawn Archer.
‘There are a substantial number of extended pauses throughout, occasionally two seconds in length, typically four seconds in length, and up to eight seconds in length,’ she comments after attentively listening to his interview.
‘Wait a minute, that’s a long time to hesitate before responding.’ He’s either undecided on what to say or pondering what to say next.’
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From the start, Naseem sought to deceive the investigators.
Naseem was nude in a dressing robe on the sofa when police knocked down the door of Ms Abbott’s apartment in Crawley, West Sussex. feigning sleep or unconsciousness.
Cops and paramedics can be seen on bodycam video questioning his bluff, telling him they can see his eyes flashing and that he can hear them.
Despite pleading not guilty, Naseem was eventually arrested for murder and sentenced to life in prison in December 2018.
Faking It airs on Quest Red or Discovery+ on Saturdays at 10 p.m.
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