Dorothy Varallo-Speecken

Controversial criminal interrogation technique under fire

Dorothy Varallo-Speckeen pleaded guilty to and served time for misdemeanor battery causing bodily harm to a child she babysat, but says she felt coerced into admitting a crime she says she didn’t commit.

The Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation was followed to obtain her confession, which researchers describe as the gold standard for interrogating suspects. A majority of law enforcement officials are being trained to use it or another method based on it, but critics are now questioning the technique.