The Philpott File Updated

Mick and Mairead Philpott are on trial for the manslaughter of their six children. I’m interested in the case for what it can teach us about emotional deception. I wrote about the case at the end of May:

Real or false grief?: couple charged with killing own children

Simulating is not pretending: Observations on Mairead and Mick Philpott

If they did it, what are we to make of their display of grief at this press conference?

How would you read that?

The prosecution argues that their intent in starting the fire was not to kill their children but to frame Mick Philpott’s ex-girlfriend so as to gain the moral high ground in a custody battle.

But the Philpott’s did not reckon on the Law of Unintended Consequences.

The current state of play in the trial is set out here. I’ll be following it to its conclusion.

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