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Bootsie Martinez joins the podcast today to discuss her work in criminal justice, linguistics, education, and more. She is a consultant, expert witness, college instructor, and writer with a passion for language analysis. How does her skillset fit into the legal world? She joins us to explain…

Bootsie is certified in Forensic Linguistic Analysis, has a Masters in Criminal Justice, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Her areas of specialties include retail security, loss prevention, and fraudulent nursing schools. She is also the author of The Retail Manager’s Guide to Crime and Loss Prevention and Sticks and Stones – and contributes to various crime-related magazine publications.

In this conversation, we dive into:

  • What forensic linguistics are, and how they can contribute to a criminal case.
  • Methods used to identify the author of written statements.
  • What the “Reid Technique” is, and how it is used in interrogation.
  • Communication techniques that can be used against someone in a legal interview.

You can learn more about Bootsie and her work by clicking here!

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Episode also available on Apple Podcasts: apple.co/30PvU9C

Important Note From Bootsie Martinez :

  1. At the end of the interview, I referenced the Centre for Forensic Linguistics in the UK. It is now called the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics and can be found at https://www.aston.ac.uk/research/forensic-linguistics 
  2. I spoke about the new topic of examination through forensic linguistics, which is online dating. I wanted to reference the Burned Haystack Dating Method https://www.burnedhaystackdating.com, whose founder, Jennie Young, is a linguist engaged in critical discourse analysis regarding online dating, but I failed to do so. The blog, FB group and Medium articles are excellent places to see evidence of forensic linguistics in action.
  3. I provide training to law enforcement and attorneys on the topics of forensic linguistic analysis of written and spoken texts, including victim/witness/suspect statements, POMICs, suicide notes, ransom notes, 911 calls and more, as well as on report writing for convictions. Anyone interested in having me provide training can contact me via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizcmartinez/

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