7 YEAR-OLD MURDER SOLVED
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, Dec. 7, 2007 – In April, 2001, 36 year-old Angela Coleman was found strangled to death in an abandoned house in Columbia, SC. Her body had been set on fire in an apparent attempt to hide evidence of the crime. Her killer was never caught. This year a DNA profile was developed and pointed to Clarence Terrelle Myers. Police began looking for him and discovered that he was being held in a Volusia County (FL) jail. When detectives interviewed him, he admitted that he had found the victim already dead and had sex with the body. However, he denied killing her or setting her body on fire. At an impasse, Daytona Beach Detective James Brodick offered Myers a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) examination to help verify his story. Myers showed deception on all of the relevant questions and after being shown the voice graphs that clearly indicated deception, Myers confessed that he was mad at Coleman for ripping him off and that he strangled her in an abandoned house. He said that he left and came back after an hour and a half and had sex with her to prove something to her. He then went on to give detectives details of the crime known only to investigators. “The use of the CVSA in this case and others like it provide a unique investigative tool for law enforcement officers and our use of this technology in Daytona Beach will only insure that our city is a safer place to live, work and visit” stated Daytona Police Chief Michael Chitwood. This scenario is quietly being repeated day-after-day throughout the US in law enforcement agencies as small agencies as the Bay Harbor Island P.D. (FL) and as large as the Atlanta P.D., Nashville P.D., California Highway Patrol and the FBI in cases involving murder, rape, child molestation, thefts and employment screening. The Computer Voice Stress Analyzer™ (CVSA®) is a voice-based investigative truth verification tool that is now used by more than 1,700 law enforcement agencies. Even though more than 1,700 law enforcement agencies utilize the system, including most major metropolitan agencies and the US military’s Special Operations Forces; the CVSA is not well known outside of the law enforcement community. Like the polygraph, results of the CVSA are not normally used in court, but rather as a guide to help eliminate individuals as suspects. A recent Department of Defense survey of law enforcement users of the CVSA reported that 86% found the CVSA to be either “very” or “extremely” accurate. The DoD survey also found that 75% of deceptive results were validated by obtaining a confession with “a very small error rate” utilizing the CVSA. The US Patent Office recently awarded Charles Humble, the founder of the National Institute for Truth Verification (NITV), which manufactures the CVSA, a patent on an automated scoring algorithm for use on the CVSA. Humble was the first to quantify voice patterns and also discovered delayed stress reaction in voice stress analysis. The CVSA II’s current scoring algorithm, known as the Final Analysis Confirmation Tool® (FACT®), uses advanced mathematical algorithms and a built-in learning feature to recognize, evaluate, categorize and quantify the output from the CVSA II. The widely acclaimed CVSA II accurately scores each voice pattern for stress levels and then evaluates the entire examination to render a ‘No Deception Indicated’ or ‘Deception Indicated’ result, eliminating possible bias from the exam. Since the release of the CVSA II in early 2007, over 700 CVSA II’s have been delivered. “This is a tremendous investigative tool that has quietly solved thousands of cases over the past twenty years and has proven itself invaluable in the field” stated John Slater, a former Captain with the White Co. Sheriff’s Dept. (AR) and current Coordinator of Law Enforcement and Training for the NITV. Once restricted for sale only to law enforcement, the CVSA is now available for some commercial applications. Although widely acclaimed in the law enforcement community, the CVSA is regarded as a threat by the entrenched polygraph establishment as it displaces both them and their technology. Despite this heavy resistance, the CVSA has built an impressive 20-year track record as an investigative tool helping to solve tens of thousands of crimes and helping many innocent people along the way. To see more cases like the Rowan Ford case, go to NITV1.com and click on Real Cases Solved.
The NITV, established in 1988, is located in West Palm Beach, FL, and is the acknowledged world-leader in truth verification technologies and training.