Monday, July 11, 2011

"I haven't begun to manhandle you..."

This week the Criminal Minds are discussing how our protagonists encourage reluctant witnesses to talk to them.

Since Alexandra Sabian is an Enforcer and must adhere to both vampiric and human laws, reluctant witnesses can pose a serious challenge. It truly depends on if they're human or vampire. For humans, she must be subtle, encouraging, even sympathetic in order to gain the information locked in their brains. There are times, however, when subtlety isn't an option and she will do everything short of breaking a law to get them to talk.

When the witness is a vampire, things become much more interesting. Vampiric law allows for the physical restraint and/or "encouragement" of a witness. Alex actually conducts a very aggressive interrogation of a suspect outside of an emergency room in Blood Law. Varik Baudelaire, her partner, uses similar tactics in Blood Secrets. In both cases, the individual being questioned was a vampire. Had either suspect been human, both Alex and Varik would've faced serious disciplinary action.

Of course, there are rules even for dealing with vampire suspects/witnesses. Alex isn't allowed to bite them--except in self-defense--and she can't kill them. Otherwise, it's whatever works to get the info. Violence, however, is considered a last resort method... usually. There are times when the only way to get through to some people is with a good smacking.

- Jeannie

Jeannie Holmes is the author of the Alexandra Sabian series and fears spiders, large bodies of water, and bad weather. She moved from the backwoods of southwestern Mississippi to the Alabama Gulf Coast where she now lives with her husband and four neurotic cats.

*The title of today's post is a quote by Varik Baudelaire from Blood Secrets.


Kelli Stanley said...

Great post, Jeannie! :) And it's true ... so many could use a good *smack*. Loved the cat pictures, btw!!

Jeannie Holmes said...

Thanks, Kelli! Missed you at ThrillerFest this year. It was fun, but not the same without you and Becky.