I noticed a tell that some psychopaths give, when they are lying. They start blinking a lot.
“Blinking implies lying” is such an obvious tell. Do police know about it, but don’t disclose that? It would be nice if the announcer said “The speaker is blinking a lot. That’s an indication of lying.”
I watched the “American Greed” episode on Bill Erpenbeck. At the end, he had a videotaped interview from prison with a reporter. He was saying how he was sorry and he made a mistake. He was heavily blinking.
While he was in prison, the prison social workers taught him what he’s supposed to say. However, it wasn’t a mistake. He is evil and he did it on purpose. He was saying it was merely a mistake, because he wanted sympathy. He was blinking, because he knew it was a lie. He kept turning in all his friends, hoping for a shorter sentence. He knows that if he says the right things, that increases his chance for a shorter sentence.
Anyone who runs a Ponzi scam is an idiot, in the logical sense. The laws of arithmetic guarantee that every Ponzi ends badly. If you run a Ponzi scam, you have very high emotional intelligence and low/medium logical intelligence. If you run a Ponzi scam, that requires a high degree of sophistication and emotional manipulation. They all are doing it on purpose, even though they want you to believe otherwise. Even though a Ponzi scam ultimately fails, a skilled pyschopath can evade detection for years or decades, living in luxury in the meantime!
I watched Ruth Madoff, Bernard Madoff’s wife, on “60 Minutes”. The interviewer asked her “Is there any money hidden somewhere?” She replied “No. I have no money hidden. I wish I did, but I don’t.” She was blinking heavily. I could tell she was lying.
Bernard Madoff owned a lot of jewelry. After he confessed his scam, he mailed a lot of that jewelry. Police don’t know who got it. You can be sure that some of that money wound up with Ruth Madoff, or someone who’s secretly paying her expenses.
State insiders know that gold is a best investment! Always keep a gold stash! If there’s serious problems, the gold can disappear!
Bernard Madoff ran the world’s biggest Ponzi scam. He kept some of his stolen stash in gold. Bernard Madoff endorses gold as an investment!
However, some world class liars don’t blink when they lie, so this isn’t an absolute tell. For example, when a “journalist” lies, his eyes don’t blink. The “journalist” is merely reading from the teleprompter without thinking. If it’s not a world class liar, or it’s under duress, you’ll probably see the blinking tell.
You can sometimes tell when someone is lying, because they’re blinking a lot. It isn’t an absolute tell, but it’s an indication. I noticed it with Bill Erpenbeck on American Greed. I noticed it with Ruth Madoff on her “60 Minutes” interview. Also, Bill Erpenbeck was sticking with the usual psychopath excuse “I’m stupid. It was a mistake.” rather than “I’m an evil person who did it on purpose.” Never let someone evil trick you into believing that they’re merely stupid and incompetent.