With the recovery of Jaycee Dugard, the Abduction experts are appearing on all major newspapers. We’ve been following the expert witnessess for a number of years and there is a recognized A list and then there is the list of those that we don’t believe should be interviewed.
To reporters, here are suggested guidelines:
1. Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to get recommendations.
2. A professonal that is a psychiatirst and has a medical degree is the best source.
3. A Ph.D. of psychology or social welfare that has been involved in family abduction cases or authored articles printed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children would also be a good source. There are so few professionals that specialize in this are because of a limited number of cases each year.
4. Please avoid any Historians who have written books, even if they have an advance degree.
5. Please avoid any Family Violence or Domestic Violence workers who have no professional credentials.
Finally, it’s unlikely you would get to interview the professionals with real experiene in these cases becaue they would be breaching client-patient confidentiality.
If you want any recommendations, you can contact us.