Defensive Concepts: Ambush or interview?
Jethro Randolph / 2020
Types of criminal assault may be broken down generally into one of these two ideas.
Above image: The bullet riddled door of Bonnie and Clyde's car after they were abushed and killed by lawmen. **
“Nothing beats the element suprise” , indeed it has defeated some of the greatest fighters and armies in history.
The use by early humans of the ambush may date as far back as two million years when anthropologists have recently suggested that ambush techniques were used to hunt large game. *
In self defence terms it means that someone has:
Studied you and set a trap
Creeps up on you and attacks you.
Ambush robs you of awareness, understanding of events and options – you are, at best, reactive rather than proactive and therefore behind the curve of events playing a desperate game of catch up.
This also makes you less of a risk to the assailant/s.
People run their lives by scripts and criminals are no different.
Criminals, predators and abusers use scripts for a variety of reasons:
To lower your guard so as to gain the advantage of suprise
- Serial killer Ted Bundy would pretend to be injured and ask women for help with getting his groceries to his car before kidnapping and murdering them.
- Asking for time or directions
- A predator trying to establish conversation with a child target by asking them their name etc.
To empower themselves prior to assault – using a script to psych themselves up such as:
“what are you looking at?"
"Got a problem?”
To enjoy the process of threatening you, seeing your fear and experiencing power over you.
Interviews contain an ambush for the victim when their guard is lowered.
The victim, however, can also ambush the criminal interview with pre emptive action (including force) if they realise what is happening and feel it's the only way to get away from the threat of harm.
Other ambush and interview examples
In court the ambush of new evidence is countered by the other side having time to consider .In other words...
Business meetings can be both:
Meetings are usually interviews to sell you a decision that has already been made by people higher up.
Some colleagues may ambush during meetings to undermine a business rival.
Look back at your own experiences – dealing with aggressive people and related situations or from life in general – can you categorise these into Interview or Ambush?
*Bunn, Henry T.; Alia N. Gurtov (February 16, 2014). "Prey Mortality Profiles Indicate That Early Pleistocene Homo at Olduvai Was an Ambush Predator". Quaternary International. 322–323: 44–53.
Article about the killing of Bonnie and Clyde:
Article on the strange afterlife of their car: