The case of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody, a pair of would-be terrorists who were entrapped and enticed by a Mr. Big sting to plant a fake bomb at the BC legislature, points, once again, to the flawed methodology of Mr. Big itself. Some are calling this case a “one-off” because of the gullible nature of the defendants and the unlikelihood that they would ever have committed this ‘crime’ had they not been given the full means to do so by the RCMP. I must praise BC Supreme Court Justice Catherine Bruce for throwing out their conviction. However, I would question the assessment that this case is a one-off.
What is similar in all Mr. Big stings is the key to why it succeeds in getting confessions and in drawing people into criminal acts. It uses the threat of violence and implied violence: BOTH. In the case against Atif Rafay and Sebastian Burns, the pair were directly threatened by the fake mob boss with loss of life if they were to be arrested and taken into custody. The boss said he was afraid that, if taken into custody, they would give evidence against the gang itself. Hence they had to confess to Mr. Big to make the charges go away because Mr. Big would rather see them killed than to have the gang compromised. The RCMP itself has admitted to such threats in this case.
The two cases, while different in almost every aspect (one being an investigation, the other an inducement), nevertheless possess the same key to success. If a person fears for his or her life, they are liable to do things that will compromise them. Just look to the behavior of people in concentration camps who are/were coerced to kill others because their own lives were threatened. Fear of death is a great motivator.