Inquiry: n. collecting knowledge and/or facts about a subset(s) and frequently by getting answers to questions about samer subset(s)
Detective and crime movies and shows frequently demonstrate the inquiry process in action with the asking of many questions from humans potentially involved in the crime or its periphery. The questions often asked are what were you doing? at what time? and with whom were you with?
The time, place, and actions going on there along with material evidence are frequently used as the circumstantial evidence needed to proceed with further inquiries until the crime is solved.
Motive for most premeditated crimes is significant in weeding out extraneous facts and information not relevant to the crime. Why someone did a crime? is a very important question to ask and try to discover an answer to.
Often close relatives, close business partners, or friends of the murder victim are the primary immediate suspects to a crime and the more remote the relationship of the offender to the victim the less chance there is of finding the murderer or criminal offender.
One of the keys to a good inquiry is getting to get humans with a good reputation to answer truthfully and an ability to spot the liar and exclude his or her opinions or versions of what happened in actuality. Inquiry is only as good as the source reliability so cameras and audio pickup devices are frequently more reliable than I witness accounts of a crime.
Prisoner interrogation is another form of inquiry used in wartime circumstances and it has slightly different rules and one of them is no benefit of an attorney during questioning. Enemy prisoners are sometimes sleep deprived or exposed to annoying sounds to wear them down psychologically and make them prone to answer truthfully out of a basic desire to return to normalcy and not borderline torture techniques.
A daily or periodic inquiry into the activity(s) of offspring minors is an excellent way to keep monitoring them or keeping an eye on them and their activity and especially important is keeping an eye on the humans whom they are associating or communicating with. Use of cellphones to communicate is complicating the problem of keeping track of offspring and whom they are communicating with so it is important to maintain rights to view their social networking friends on a periodic basis too.
A good technique for keeping a conversation going and extracting as much useful information as possible is to ask questions or basically inquire about someone and/or their activity. You have to be careful being suspected of being a busy body with all your questions but there are clever ways also of getting to a desired question indirectly first and then delivering the desired punchline question.
For example you can start off with a general open ended question suchas How was your vacation? followed later by more specific and probing questions suchas What interesting humans did you meet on vacation or Did you go alone on vacation? followed up by who did you go on vacation with. In effect start out with a general non privacy invasive question and then gradually work your way up to the perhaps personal private question which you would really want answered.
Finally asking relevant questions and intently listening to the answers with perhaps a nod of the head or saying that’s true, yeah, interesting, etc. all designed to communicate that you are listening intently and feel that the human has something important to say. Not only will you derive much unexpectedly useful information about a human but you will get some respect from them as well and they will feel important and respected by your polite engaged listening.
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