Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post ‘Reading Faces: Inferring Intent,’ today Mairead and Mick Philpott in Derby, England were arrested on suspicion of murdering their six children by setting fire to their home. The case is especially interesting, for our purposes, because about two weeks ago the grief stricken couple held a (televised) news conference to thank the community for its support.
The story is here: Helen Carter. Parents arrested over Derby house fire that killed six children. The Guardian. Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
Keeping in mind that they are innocent until proven guilty, we are entitled to form an opinion on the veracity of their grief as revealed in the following video.
Is this authentic or feigned grief? And why?
The video is here.