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Thursday, May 18, 2017

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN REDUX


 
TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN REDUX
 
This is a little out of context, but a friend sent me this clip today from a show I starred in a couple of summers ago on ABC called Take The Money And Run from Jerry Bruckheimer and the folks who put together The Amazing Race (I'm looking at you Eric Beetner). It was an interrogation based reality game show.
 
My partner on the show was Mary Hanlon Stone, truly my sister from another mother. We worked together in the real world for over twenty-five years. Mary is a nationally recognized prosecutor who, as part of vertical prosecution, worked with me on hundreds of cases from initial investigation through conviction.
 
My now friend Ron Stoczynski is the suspect in the cell who I am grilling. Beau Champ is the other suspect walking around in our portable interrogation room. Again, this was an artificial set up, but the real deal when it came to the pressure of interrogation. We are not acting, but playing a very intense game.
 
This show made me very aware of the power interrogators have when it comes to our art. When I watch these clips and see how 'innocent' contestants crack without me having my big levers of guilt and (real) prison time, I makes me constantly aware of the first great edit I install in my detectives: We will never do or say anything to cause an innocent person to admit to something they didnt do.
 
I believe full episodes of the six shows are available to watch on Amazon...

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