By Art Harris and Shelley Kreimer, The Bald Truth, (c) artharris.com, all rights reserved
Even before she began flunking polygraphs and investigators dubbed her the Putnam County Princes of Prevarication, Misty Croslin was giving herself away with what one top body language expert calls “signals of deception.”
“She was lying” from the start, psychologist and body language guru Lillian Glass tells The Bald Truth, after watching Croslin in news clips for over a year, from distraught babysitter who reported Haleigh Cummings missing, to child bride of Ronald Cummings, to accused drug trafficker facing decades in prison, to witness (or unofficial suspect) in the disappearance of his five year old daughter.
“She constantly repeats herself, and bites her lip after she talks about the case,” Glass tells Bald Truth Special Correspondent Shelley Kreimer, in an exclusive interview about tell-tale body lingo criminals and celebrities often unwittingly broadcast as clues they are lying to your face…like inadvertently tensing the jaw, or straying from typical voice patterns.
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Last year, Misty’s voice patterns showed deception in a Layered Voice Analysis test administered by Atlanta private investigator T.J. Ward, who reported his laptop software flashed FALSE when Croslin told him her ever-changing story about what happened the night she called 911 when she “couldn’t find Haleigh” 15 months ago. It was all part of a battery of exams, including a polygraph set up by Tim Miller of Texas Equusearch who says “she flunked miserably.”
We also reported exclusively she flunked a secret police polygraph Feb. 26 administered at the St. John’s County Jail where she was whisked from her cell and strapped to the machine as detectives nervously paced, hoping she’d experienced enough harsh reality to finally come clean enough to be able to take her story to the bank. My sources say they were very letdown.
A career speech pathologist before drawing on her body language training for clients and frequent guest expert on shows like HLN’s Nancy Grace, ET, The Insider and comedian Chelsea Handler, Lillian Glass calls it out on everyone from stars caught in Hollywood scandal, to key players in missing child cases like Haleigh Cummings.
She watches for tiny changes in body language that may reveal whether someone needs to be considered a suspect, or knows more than they’ve revealed, as Misty Croslin has finally confirmed, and details what everyone needs to look for to avoid “Toxic People,” title of her bestseller.
In watching interviews with Croslin’s grandmother Flora Hollars, Glass calls thst colorful Tennesseean “a sincere woman” who is telling the truth and shows no pretenses or defenses. “She expresses great integrity when she looks directly at the interviewer,” Glass tells the Bald Truth. “She speaks fluently and never hesitates.”
As for Misty’s brother, Tommy Croslin, Glass predicted he was ready “to come clean” before he claimed to Hollars in a collect call from the St. John’s County Jail that cousin Joe Overstreet took Haleigh and “needed to pay.” Overstreet denies any involvement.
Glass says Tommy Croslin’s body language speaks loud and clearâ€”he’s afraid, “practically screaming how badly he wants out.”
In the eyes of experts like Glass, the unwitting body signals of Misty, Tommy and others have been revealing the truth from Day One –â€“ that they know what happened to the bubbly five-year-old from Satsuma, Florida when they were claiming they didn’t.
Liars beware when body language translators are watching, especially law-enforcement trained Patti Wood, dubbed the “Babe Ruth of body language experts, the gold standard,” by The Washington Post. Once besting a polygraph for accuracy, Wood holds a B.A. and a masters in body language, lectures across the country, teaches a sell-out course at Emory University and appears on too many television shows to count.
She began her career, determined to use her skills in law enforcement, and worked several years alongside police as a barometer of truth to help read what accused or convicted sexual predators were really saying.
Wood says she observes more than a polygraph can measure. “I’m watching the whole body, not just measuring changes in respiration and galvanic skin response,” she says. “What people do with their feet tells me a lot.”
Those with something to hide don’t stand a chance against Wood, who has a few tips for women on first dates, and concedes she’s made a few of her own feel a bit self conscious when they learn what she does. Some have confessed they felt like sitting on their hands, until the food arrived and they had to reach for their fork.
Consider this scene, says Wood… Eager for sparks to fly, you may sit over dinner, basking in the soft glow of candles, dizzy from cocktails and the banter of a smooth operator purring about instant chemistry. Then he leans back, oozing about how crazy he is for you…The words hit your brain, triggering an endorphin rush. You feel giddy, warm and fuzzy, stirrings of love, or…lust…excited you may have at last found The One. But… how can you be sure?
You can’t, says Wood, who hates to burst the bubble. Blinded by your sucker’s fantasy, you missed something you didn’t know to look for, a signal he may be buttering you up for a fall. “If someone leans away from you as they tell you something positive, the words do not match the body language, and they are probably not telling the truth,” Wood tells our Shelley Kreimer.
Patti has spent hours dissecting and interpreting newsmakers from President Obama to exes like Bill Clinton, for the likes of Fox’s Neil Cavuto, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and other acclaimed journalists and shows. She watched O.J. Simpson signal guilt in the way he glared at witnesses and fought back a giant smirk when the verdict was announced…She once climbed into bed on air (fully clothed) with Regis and Kathy Lee, interpreting how a spooning couple’s position reveals about how they truly feel about each other.
She lectures top Fortune 500 firms and CEOs on how to use body language to hire, fire, promote and boost the bottom line, and translates what celebs and politicians are really saying as they squirm, trying to wiggle out of sticky situations they’ve created.
Take the infamous Bill Clinton line, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Like Obama, Clinton scores highly on factors used to measure charisma. But in Clinton’s case, says Wood, sex appeal has helped him get away with more than a little mischief in his lifetime. She says beware the charming smile and handsome demeanor, because body language and word structure tell the real story.
Referring to ex-trystee Monica Lewinsky, Patti tells The Bald Truth it was very odd that Clinton did not use a contraction when he chose to say, “did not” versus “didn’t” have “sexual relations with this woman.” She calls it “unusual wording for someone, a sign that they are lying.”
That’s why context is so important when she assesses someone’s true intent, she says, because “we need to know what is their normal behavior and whether they are acting out of character.”
Psychologist Lillian Glass tells The Bald Truth she was cruising backstage at the Oscars, when she spied Sandra Bullock and her now disgraced husband Jesse James before media exposure of his sexual trysts behind her back. When Bulloch won the Oscar, many observers saw his tears as joy for his wife’s triumph. But they didn’t have the full picture, says Glass.
“James was fidgety and seemed agitated, even ignoring Bullock at times,” Glass tells us, saying he was crying tears of embarrassment and shame, not pride. “He knew he’d been caught cheating,” she says, “and wore his lies across his face.”
But Tiger Woods was a shocker, even for pros like Glass, and Wood.
He just breaks the mold, they say, falling into a tiny category of people are who are so rehearsed, so poised, that hardly anyone can spot their deceit from body language alone.
“There are levels of liars,” Wood tells us. “A select few people, often politicians or actors, who can pathologically hide their true emotions. You have to be very talented to do this. That’s why we only see it in a tiny percentage of the population.”
Glass says Tiger rarely, if ever, displayed classic signs of deceit, like averting the eyes, licking his lips, repeating words, tensing jaw muscles.
On the other hand, Misty Croslin serves up a smorgasbord of lies, take your pick. And if she’s arrested, and charged in Haleigh Cumming’s dissappearance, as sources tell The Bald Truth several suspects may be within weeks, Glass says that will show poilce may finally have enough evidence to back up what the body language of several players in the case have been screaming all along.
Art Harris Exclusive interview with Misty Croslin, March 2009: Lying Eyes?
—-reporting by Shelley Kreimer and Art Harris
For more about body language expert Patti Wood, go to www.pattiwood.net.
Patti Wood on The History Channel
For more about body language pschologist Lillian Glass, go to www.drlillianglass.com.
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