The parents of missing baby Lisa Irwin appeared on Dr. Phil on Friday, breaking the silence after several weeks. Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin have been described by Kansas City detectives as uncooperative, and the mother's own behavior has caused nothing but suspicion to be dealt in her direction, more so than her husband it seems.
To be completely blunt, at risk of losing popularity points, Deborah Bradley is not going to win an Oscar for her performance on Dr. Phil. The footage has been studied for the past three hours, and the mannerisms displayed by the mother of missing baby Lisa Irwin are still suspicious. As usual, Jeremy Irwin was stone-faced for the majority of the interview, with Deb leading the show and sitting directly in the spotlight with her performance of alligator tears. Her eyes shifted nonstop to the right and left as she appeared to be pulling statements out of the air at times. One of her most prominent tells is the action of gazing upward as if she is literally looking in the air above her for the words she needs.
To the far right of her sat their lawyer, who also seemed to nod deliberately with some of her sentences as if saying, "That's right, you said that right." The entire thing seemed like rehearsed theatrics. Yes, that is an honest opinion based on very intent observation, and nobody is expected to agree with it.
All in all, Friday's Dr. Phil appearance really didn't seem as much about finding Lisa Irwin as it was about Deborah Bradley trying to convince the world that she's a great momÂ—a great mom who gets drunk and forgets to check on her kid, then forgets that she was drunk and then fails a polygraph test. But trust her when she says none of that had anything to do with her baby's disappearanceÂ—how would she know, since she claims to not know anything of what happened? At the very least if she wouldn't have gotten so sloppy drunk that she passed out like a rock, she would've been alert and more readily able to stop an abduction from going down in her home.
Hopefully detectives in Kansas City are studying this footage more intently than the media, and hopefully they can garner some kind of new details from it. However, it seems that the details that should be trusted will be coming from the investigators. They're not on a mission of convincing the public that they're doing their jobs right, nor are they trying to direct attention away from the actual task at hand: finding baby Lisa.
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