Body language experts reveal telltale signs Mick Philpott was guilty

Mick and Mairead Philpott during a press conference

Mick Philpott wiped his eyes but never shed a tear during an emotional press conference (Image: Twitter)

A body language expert has revealed the telltale signs that have revealed killer Mick Philpott’s guilt in the deaths of six of his children in a house fire.

Siblings Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack, 7, six-year-old Jessie, and five-year-old Jayden all perished in the devastating May 11, 2012 arson attack, while older brother Duwayne, 13, died at the Third Hospital Days later.

Mick Philpott and his wife Mairead appeared grieved at a police press conference as they asked the public to help locate the person responsible for starting the fire.

However, it was later revealed that the couple, along with boyfriend Paul Moseley, were responsible for the tragedy at their semi-detached home in Allenton, Derby.

Now the 17-year-old father’s deception has been exposed in new documentary Mick Philpott: A Faking It Special, reports The Sun.

The expert dr. Analyzing the Philpotts’ body language at the press conference, Cliff Lansley said: “The expression we see on both faces is not genuine sadness.

“He drew his eyebrows together; he looks like he’s in pain or constipation or something.’

and dr Lansley also pointed out a number of gestures that would not be shown as part of a “true expression of sadness.”


(Clockwise from top left): Duwayne, 13, John, nine, Jayden, five, Jade, 10, Jesse, six, and Jack Philpott, seven, all died in the tragedy (Image: Rex)

‘(Mick Philpott’s) mouth raised; We have this deep furrow on his cheek.

“We have the same pinch of eyes and pinched brows.

“Emotions are uninvited, they happen to us. We don’t choose them. But he chooses those expressions.”

The “performance of feigned sadness” began within seconds of the couple arriving at the press conference, added Dr. Lansley added.

Forensic psychologist Kerry Danes said the Philpotts’ “over-the-top, over-the-top ham performance” couldn’t fool anyone.

‘And if the finger of distrust hadn’t already been pointed at Philpott, that certainly did.

“Nobody was convinced.”

File photo dated 04/04/13 of tributes outside the home in Allenton, Derby where six children died. Mairead Philpott was released after serving half of her 17-year sentence for killing six of her children in an arson attack at her home in Allenton, Derby, on 11 May 2012. PA Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 29, 2020. Philpott, now 39, is said to have been released from HMP Send in Surrey on Friday to a hostel where she will be monitored throughout her licence. See PA story PRISONS Philpott. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Tributes outside the Philpotts’ home in Allenton, Derby pictured in April 2013 (Photo: PA)

rex features ltd claims no copyrights or licenses for this image. Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (1728853j) Mick and Mairead Philpott in tears at a police press conference, four days after their children died in a fire at their family home in Allenton, Derbyshire. Derbyshire Police press conference - May 16, 2012 Grave of Mick and Mairead Philpott in tears at a police press conference in May 2012, four days after their children died in a fire at their family home in Allenton, Derbyshire, where petrol was pouring through the letter box poured and set on fire. Deputy Chief Constable Steve Cotterill, the officer in charge of the case, said on ITV1's'The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing: The Trial of Mick Philpott' last night that it was'crocodile tears' and that he never thought of Mick really cried real tears for the kids. He said Mick curled up in a ball like a child shortly after the interview and then regained his composure and carried on as normal. The Philpotts are being convicted of manslaughter of their children at Nottingham Crown Court today (3 April 2013).

The pair’s performance sparked suspicions from the police (Image: REX)

Mick Philpott dabbed at his eyes with a handkerchief but never really shed a tear for his children during the conference.

But police launched an undercover surveillance operation after becoming suspicious of the couple and bugging a hotel room they were staying in.

The Philpotts and Mosley denied involvement in the fire, which was started by someone pouring gasoline through the mailbox.

Mick Philpott has been sentenced to life in prison after a judge said he was the “mastermind” behind the plan to set fire to the property.

Mairead Philpott and Mosley were both sentenced to 17 years in prison.

She was released in November 2020 after serving just eight years behind bars – critics, including her own mother Vera, said she should have stayed in prison longer.

Vera vowed to disown her daughter, saying, “The sentence isn’t nearly long enough.” Body language experts reveal telltale signs Mick Philpott was guilty

Justin Scacco

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