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Saying “tell me why you did it” to a criminal suspect during an interrogation is a major mistake by the investigator. Unfortunately, many interrogators, as a matter of training or lack thereof, routinely pose this question to their suspects. The first problem with this question is that it reinforces the suspect to further deny his criminal involvement. It becomes too difficult for the burglar to respond—in many cases, truthfully—“Because I am addicted to drugs.” Such a statement causes the suspect to admit to another illegal activity—not an appealing option for the subject. At Police One