7 “Hot-Spots” in the Accurate Body Language Statement Analysis of Cecil the Lion’s Killer…Dentist Walter Palmer’s, “…I had no idea…”

Cecil the Lion

The Accurate Body Language TRUTH
is hidden in the words. 

Humans can be judged by the way we treat nature’s animals.

On July 28, 2015, Star Tribune Statement published the following statement of Cecil the Lion Killer: Minnesota Dentist, Dr. Walter Palmer:

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“In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.

“I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.

“Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”

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Accurate Body Language Statement Analysis of Dentist Walter Palmer:

(Hot Spot # 1) Paragraph one represents Palmer’s TOP priority (i.e., big game bow hunting trip in Zimbabwe).

(Hot Spot # 2) Last sentence in final paragraph shows his FAKE regret and his continued emphasis on the, “…pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally…”).

(Hot Spot # 3) The last two words, “…this LIONindicate passive distancing language instead of referring to the proper name…Cecil the Lion.

(Hot Spot # 4) The last word LION is Palmer’s absolute LOWEST priority and his LOWEST importance in the entire statement.

(Hot Spot # 5) This wasn’t his first hunting rodeo!  In Paragraph two, Palmer does not accept personal accountability despite his self-proclaimed title of ‘decorated trophy hunter’ and Cecil is Palmer’s 43rd KILL.

(Hot Spot # 6) Dentist Walter Palmer isn’t the naive (i.e., “I had no idea that the lion I took…”) hunter he claims to be.  Although Palmer is trying to convince us with his, “I had no idea that the lion I took…,” his written statement doesn’t mention any words of being genuinely surprise, shock, or upset of ‘finding out’ that his hunting team made a huge error, a mistake,  by ‘taking’ (i.e, KILLED) a protected lion Cecil who was collared and tracked via GPS.

Palmer’s phrase “…the lion I took…” represent additional  passive, softening, and distancing language to reframe what actually happened:

“…Using dead carcass as bait on my hunting vehicle,

I illegally lured away CECIL the FAMOUS and protected 13 year old Lion King from Zimbabwe Hwange National Park;

my team put a blinding SPOT light on Cecil in order to take my cheap shot with my cross-bow;

my lousy shot didn’t kill Cecil immediately so he suffered for over 40 hours trying in vain to escape from me;

my team tracked Cecil down and shot him dead;

we skinned and brutally beheaded Cecil;

and then intentionally dismantled

and attempted to destroy the evidence:

Cecil’s GPS tracking collar…

and, we left Cecil’s carcass skinless and headless…”

Palmer’s words, “I had no idea that the lion I took…” are not credible.  There was no mistake as he would like us to believe; the actions of Palmer’s team for over 40 hours indicate calculated intention.  Palmer didn’t seem to be too bothered by this so-called mistake of killing Cecil because the team didn’t report their ‘innocent mistake.’  According to accompanying Theo Bronkhorst, a professional hunter with Bushman Safaris, Palmer asked if they would find him an elephant with a tusk weight of a 63 pounds tusk to hung.  Bronkhorst told Palmer that size elephant was not available.

(Hot Spot # 7) Cecil isn’t his first illegal kill. Palmer has a criminal record that includes a felony conviction in 2008 for making a false statement to federal agents regarding killing a bear outside legal zone:


Dr. Walter Palmer now faces the angry aftermath from people who hold him accountable for the brutal killing of Cecil, the majestic and beloved lion of Zimbabwe Hwange National Park.

Accurate Body Language BONUS Point:

(Bonus Hot Spot # 8) Dr. Walter Palmer is not only a predator of exotic big game, but he also is a sexual harasser of a woman.  Palmer settled a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2009 for $127,500.  According to court documents, Palmer was accused of sexually harassing a female patient and his receptionist between July 1999 and January 2005.

The plaintiff accused Dr. Walter Palmer of,  “verbal comments and physical conduct involving her breasts, buttocks, and genitalia.” Palmer settled and was mandated to complete “at least three hours” of sexual harassment courses as one of the provisions of the settlement.

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