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Steve Van Aperen

Steven Van Aperen is known throughout Australia as an expert in the field of interviewing and detecting deception. Steve has received extensive training from the world’s leading international investigative authorities in how and why people...

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Steve Van Aperen's Biography

Steven Van Aperen is known throughout Australia as an expert in the field of interviewing and detecting deception. Steve has received extensive training from the world’s leading international investigative authorities in how and why people deceive. Steve is often consulted by the media and has been affectionately named the “Human Lie Detector”.


Steve demonstrates how to detect liars by observing verbal, non-verbal and paralinguistic cues of behaviour.
In 1996 Steve Van Aperen was the first Victorian Police Officer to graduate from Western Oregon University USA as a certified polygraph examiner. After graduating Steve trained with and examined polygraph testing and behavioural interview techniques utilised by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Polygraph Unit, US Secret Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Throughout his career Steve has conducted hundreds of interviews ranging from interviewing homicide suspects to pre-employment screening. This distinctive level of knowledge provides Steve with the expertise to conduct entertaining and informative training and presentations.
Steve also consults his services to the Victoria Police homicide squad and the SA Police Major Crime Squad and has conducted polygraph testing for 19 high profile homicide cases including one serial killer investigation. Steve is a highly sought after and entertaining public speaker who has appeared on television and radio programs throughout Australia and overseas. Steve injects humour into his presentations whilst interacting with his audience.
Drawing on real life examples Steve Vasn Aperen demonstrates the methods in which people deceive. For example when Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever used an illegal drug he answered: “I’ve never violated a law of my country.” Whilst this response appears to be a denial he did not answer the question. Later Clinton admitted that he smoked marijuana whilst at Oxford University in the United Kingdom but didn’t inhale. People often lie by omission rather than commission. What people don’t say is often more important than what they do say! Steve demonstrates how we use language, paralinguistic styles, changes in tenses and body language to deceive others and how to recognise when people are engaging in such behaviours. Steve’s book titled “The truth about lies” was released in 2006.

Steve Van Aperen has been involved in a number of high profile cases including:

•The McDonalds McScratch & Win competition where a number of contestants claimed that they did not cheat to unlawfully gain prizes.
•A polygraph test conducted on the leader of the Democrats Senator Andrew Bartlett.
•A polygraph test conducted on Frank Cole relating to his disclosure that he located Azaria Chamberlain’s body at Ayers Rock in 1981 after he shot at a dingo.
•The polygraph test of Mike Scrafton, a senior government advisor, regarding a telephone conversation he had with the Prime Minister of Australia Mr. John Howard in relation to the “Children overboard” scandal.
•The polygraph test of Ron Vigenser the person accused by John Ford of being involved in the placement of 4.1 kilograms of cannabis into Schapelle Corby’s luggage at Bali airport. Ford testified at Corby’s trial in Bali that he overheard conversations whilst an inmate at Port Phillip prison that implicated Vigenser.
•The polygraph test of Gareth Bunce who publicly admitted on Australian television that he murdered Margaret Wagner in 1997.
•The behavioural analysis of interviews conducted by Liz Hayes of 60 Minutes with Schapelle Corby the Australian woman charged with importing 4.1 kilograms of cannabis into Indonesia inside a body board bag.
•The analysis of an interview conducted by Tara Brown of 60 Minutes with former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib denying his involvement in terrorism or links with al-Qaeda.

Speaking Topics Include

The Secrets of Lie Detection
Behavioural Interviewing Courses
Detecting Deception Courses
Understanding Body Language
Dealing with Difficult People