Murder One
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Class Dates: 
November 1 - 30
BJ Bourg

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Writers understand that a crucial phase of a murder investigation is the interrogation of the suspect, and they recognize the importance of obtaining confessions. However, many of them may not know how to make their fictitious suspects transition convincingly from denials to admissible confessions; and they are not alone. The interrogation scenes in many movies, television shows, and novels contain techniques and tactics that are ineffective and—in many instances—illegal. As is evidenced by a number of high-profile cases, some law enforcement officers are also unsure of how to legally obtain confessions from suspects.

While it might seem a daunting task to simply “talk” murderers into confessing to their crimes, Bourg will reveal tricks of the investigative trade that utilize intelligence and creativity—rather than force and intimidation—to elicit admissible confessions from even the worst of criminals. He will provide details on how to apply many variations of each technique to different situations and he will offer specific examples of how the techniques worked for him in real cases.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

Definition, Purpose, and Subjects of Interrogation

  •             Developing Suspects
  •             Application of Miranda Rights
  •             Interrogation Prep
  •             Logical Approach
  •             Emotional Approach
  •             Baiting Questions
  •             Verbal and Nonverbal Cues and Limitations of Each








Most importantly, Bourg will also explain how writers can transfer all of this information to their own works of fiction, enabling them to move their sleuths convincingly through the interrogative process and obtain realistic and admissible confessions from their fictitious suspects.

Instructor Bio: 

BJ Bourg is an award-winning mystery writer and former professional boxer who hails from the swamps of Louisiana. Dubbed the “real deal” by other mystery writers, he has spent his entire adult life solving crimes as a patrol cop, detective sergeant, and chief investigator for a district attorney’s office. Not only does he know his way around crime scenes, interrogations, and courtrooms, but he also served as a police sniper commander and academy instructor. He is a regular contributor to two leading national police magazines, Tactical Response and Law and Order, and is the author of seven crime novels.For more information, visit his website at or connect with him on Facebook (

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