Body language experts have highlighted the telltale signs of speedboat killer Jack Shepherd’s guilt.
In 2018, the 28-year-old was sentenced to six years in prison following a speedboat accident in which his date, Charlotte Brown, 24, was killed.
The top-flight IT consultant had brought her back to his barge for an evening of drinking before setting off on an evening tour of London.
The trip ended in tragedy when his poorly maintained boat struck a submerged log, throwing Charlotte into the icy Thames.
Shepherd was then charged with negligent manslaughter.
But by the time his trial began at Old Bailey, he had already fled the country.
After making his appearance in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, in January 2019, he continued to claim his innocence and appealed his conviction.
A body language expert claimed Shepherd revealed his guilt in interviews with police with two telltale signs.
Speaking on the all-new Quest Red and Discovery + Faking It series, Dr Cliff Lansley said the killer appeared emotional in the interview, clutching a handkerchief as he recalled the events.
The body language expert said there are clear indicators of deception that suggest he is faking remorse and shedding nothing more than crocodile tears over Charlotte’s death.
âWe see a handkerchief in his hand and we also hear a series of dry sniffles, but the handkerchief is never used; his dry sniffles never turn into anything other than dry sniffles, âsaid Dr Lansley.
âWhen people feel real sadness, we often see the eyebrows rise in the middle and the mouth go down, and we can hear the breaking of the voice.
“We don’t hear any of that, and we don’t see any of the signs on the face.”
Dr Lansley said Shepherd’s behavior is a sign that he is faking emotion.
“Three or four dry sniffles in about ten seconds and almost forcing the voice to sound sad, but there is no indication that he feels any sadness here,” he continued.
“He’s probably faking it.”
There were also clues in Shepherd’s speech that suggested he was hiding the truth, another expert claimed.
During the interview, Shepherd was vague on the details of the crash, saying his memory was fuzzy, due to heavy drinking.
Linguistics professor Dawn Archer said it further underscored his forgery, as he tried to distance himself from Charlotte’s death.
âIt’s okay not to fully remember something that could self-incriminate,â she said.
“When he remembers things, they help him, and when he doesn’t remember things, they are things that could incriminate him.”
Dr Lansley went on to suggest that the signs in Shepherd’s body language showed his lack of confidence in the story, as he tried to recount the events leading up to the crash.
âWhen he makes that claim, we see both shoulders go up about half a centimeter and this contraction is what we call a gestural slippage or a gestural flight,â he said.
âIt’s a double-sided shrug that, in all its measure, means, ‘I have no faith in what I’m just saying.’
“So my memory was blurry, but the shoulders say ‘no it wasn’t. “
In 2018, Shepherd was convicted of negligent manslaughter.
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He blamed Charlotte for her own death, saying she was the one driving the car at the time of the crash.
However, in a twist, Shepherd fled to Georgia.
Nine months after fleeing, he finally surrendered to local authorities.
In front of the television cameras, Shepherd brazenly tried to defend himself.
âHe came out and wanted to portray himself as a victim throughout the storyline,â recalls CIO Christopher Davis.
The speedboat killer said at the time: “I hope that justice is served and my appeal is successful, and that I can justâ¦ everyone can move on in their life.”
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Professor Archer argued that Shepherd tried to be the center of attention, continuing to show no remorse for Charlotte.
“Now what we’re interested in is what’s going on between the ‘I’ and the ‘everyone’ self-correction,” she said.
âWe have a significant pause at this point. We hear an audible breath, then close our eyes.
âWhat this tells us is that it’s in print management mode; it’s just someone who thinks of himself first and all the signs stand out in his language choices.
Despite Shepherd’s desire to remain free, he was extradited to the UK in April 2019.
Two months later, he lost his appeal against his conviction for manslaughter.
In addition to the six-year sentence for causing Charlotte’s death, he was given a four-year sentence for injury with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, after CCTV footage showing he was attacking a bartender with a bottle of vodka in 2018.
Forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes had some harsh words to say about Shepherd.
âMy overall impression of Jack Shepherd is that he’s a self-centered, immature little boy,â the psychologist said.
“I can’t understand the arrogance, the lack of consideration he has shown for Charlotte’s family.”