Monday, April 6, 2009
My Thoughts on Lyle Herring
at 1:42 PM
[ABC.com]"LAPD Det. Chris Gable called his cooperation "fragmented" and "less than helpful," and added that Herring is "not someone I would expect as a grieving husband."Read moreThis is an immediate and huge red flag by itself. Another huge red flag is that Lyle didn't report his wife missing. It was Leslie's sister, Aasha Davis, who reported Leslie missing after Leslie missed work several days in a row. You would think if Lyle and Leslie got into a fight, and he awoke and she was gone, that if he didn't hear from her for a day, he'd call people to see if she was okay, but he didn't do that. It's very notable.
Furthermore, Lyle told police he and Leslie had a fight, but at a news conference, he refused to answer any questions about their argument. If Lyle is being honest, he should have nothing to hide, so why won't he talk about it? It's another red flag.
Leo Stallworth, the reporter, also tells us that Lyle is launching his own investigation into his wife's disappearance, but if Lyle is truly interested to find his wife, why wouldn't he be cooperating with detectives? It makes no sense whatsoever.
The facts in this case speak volumes, but of course, it is always important to see Lyle speak.
When I first saw Lyle, I got an immediate sense that he likely has a temper. I get that from what I call paralleling. I also suspect that he is the controlling, dominant one in the relationship, and his wife, Leslie, was the more docile one of the two of them. This means that his character doesn't bode well for the given situation. If I saw someone who was humble here, it would make me question everything, but I don't. I see arrogance, instead, which gives me more concern.
When the detective says that Lyle's cooperation is fragmented, did you notice Lyle is exchanging some words with a woman at that time? Look at how he is talking, ignoring the press conference and telling her what he thinks. Look at his body language and how he moving his hand as he talks. There is obviously tension between Lyle and this woman, and Lyle is clearly making his opinion known. Why did Lyle feel like he had to speak up at this moment during the press conference? Why couldn't he control himself here? Notice how the woman at the end ignores him? She realizes Lyle is making a spectacle of himself.
Lyle's body language is interesting when the reporter talks to him in the parking garage. Do you notice how relaxed and calm he is? I get no sense that he is upset, agitated or grieving for his wife. He acts like this day is like any other day. Most people who are looking for a lost loved one show some tension, stress or express their emotions. Lyle does none of this. It's another oddity.
Lyle goes on to say, "Couples have...ah... discussions about many things all at a time, you know, so, um...you know, it was nothing out of the ordinary, uh...uh... but ah... I really can't put a finger on it, you know?" I find it interesting how he changes the tone of his argument to a "discussion" here. Is he sanitizing his behavior? Trying to paint himself in a different light?
Furthermore, it appears like he might be smirking when says he can't put a finger on it, but I can't tell for sure because it is cut. However, does his statement, "I really can't put a finger on it" make any sense at all? It's suggestive that he is denying they even had an argument now, isn't it? Why would he do that? This is suggestive of someone who is manipulative.
Lyle goes on to say,"I enjoy the warmth of my wife, I enjoy everything about her, you know, so... I just truly miss her right now." Clearly talking about the "warmth of my wife" is an odd statement. I completely agree with you all in the comment section. I also find the words "right now" rather odd and interesting as well. Why does he feel that way "right now"?
Lyle talks about himself and not about his wife when he says, "I don't think it was a fair overview of my character. I haven't slept. My eyes are red. I'm just totally devastated here." If he is devastated, like he says, I would expect to see some emotions regarding his missing wife, but they are notably and strangely absent. He is a blank slate. More than that, if he is truly devastated, shouldn't he be describing his wife to us, asking us for our help, so he can bring her back, if she is truly missing? Shouldn't he have a photos of her if he is launching his own investigation?
Notice that everything Lyle says contradicts his actions, behavior and emotions? When actions, behaviors or emotions don't match the spoken word, pay attention: Pay close attention. It means things aren't as they appear.
I fear for what happened to Leslie Herring...