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Talk to Me [electronic resource]: Dynamics of Hostage Negotiation

TVF International (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
I want doctors! I'm gonna kill doctors! I want white coats! In 1993, gunman Damacio Torres shot up the Los Angeles County-USC Healthcare emergency room and took two hostages. Using the Torres case as a springboard, this program explains the tricky business of hostage negotiation while seeking to understand the mentality of hostage-taking. Psychologist Kris Mohandie, SWAT team supervisor Lt. Michael Albanese, and former hostage Anne Tournay, all present that day, offer keen observations on the five-hour standoff. Psychologist John Potter, of Exeter University, and Stephen Romano, of the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, provide additional insights.
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47 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Dynamics of hostage negotiation
Inside the Criminal Mind
Inside the criminal mind
  • Los Angeles Hospital Under Seige (4:45)
  • Avoiding Escalating Violence (2:53)
  • Active Listening and Emotion Labeling (3:21)
  • The Hostage as Negotiating Tool (3:02)
  • The Danger of Role Lock (3:29)
  • Paranoia Can Lead to Violence (3:30)
  • Reasoning with Hostage-Takers (3:12)
  • Hogan Alley Training Camp (3:22)
  • The Hostage-Taker's Background (3:34)
  • The Stockholm Syndrome (4:01)
  • Negotiator-Perpetrator Relationships (3:42)
  • Hostages' Psychological Scars (3:07)
  • Aftermath of a Hostage Crisis (3:15)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2001.
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  • 30039s Films Media Group
  • 30040 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (47 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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