The polygraph is not admissible in courts in most states in the union. The polygraph, in the hands of a skilled polygrapher, is a most useful tool in guiding an investigation; especially in the case of a missing child.
John Walsh, America's Most Wanted, urges parents of missing children to demand a polygraph on hour one of day one. He knows that once cleared, police can move on past the innocent parent and not waste precious time.
Let's say that your child was reported missing.
You, the parent, are called in (or request) for the polygraph on Day 1. Here is how it would work:
You would be a bundle of nerves because your child is missing.
1. Pre screening interview.
"I know this is difficult for you, but the sooner you are cleared, the sooner focus gets to the real perpetrator. I am going to ask you the following 5 questions and the machine will measure your responses. I know you are nervous and emotional but there are no surprises here for you and if you are telling the truth, your nervousness will be consistent throughout:
1. Is your name Mary?
2. Do you know what happened to your daughter?
3. Did you cause your daughter's disappearance?
4. Do you live on Smith Street?
5. Have you told me the truth?
These are the only questions you will be asked. Do you understand? Do you have any questions for me? Yes, I understand you are on medication but the medication will impact questions 1 and 4, just as they would with questions 2,3, and 5, so don't worry. Tell the truth and let us do our job. We are here to find your child and need your help!"
2. You are hooked up and your vitals are monitored. You are nervous out of your mind, scared and anxious about your daughter. You can feel your heart racing as the anxiety is tearing through you and the needle shows it.
3. The questions are then posed and if there is a significant change in your vitals, particularly on question number three, there is a problem.
Some tests will be longer, perhaps 10 questions and some, if there is only a slight reaction, may be inconclusive, but during the prescreening interview, the wise polygrapher will do an interview.
"What names do you call your daughter?" and such, so that he can enter into YOUR internal, personal, subjective dictionary. Some child molesters think they only "tickled" or "played" with the child, and will pass a polygraph if they are asked, "did you molest?" the child. Others, as we saw with Bill Clinton, have internal personal subjective dictionaries different than most, and during the pre screening interview, if sexuality is in play, you will be asked to give specific definitions of sex acts, so that only YOUR language is used.
When someone fails a polygraph, there is a reason for them to fail.
Objection: If polygraphs were so sharp, they would be admissible in court.
Answer: The same attorneys who make this claim, administer the polygraphs to their own clients before allowing the police to polygraph them.
In our nation where no money is spared in national defense and national security, the highest officials in our land rely upon the polygraph to protect them, including the President of the United States.
Billie Jean Dunn failed a polygraph for a reason.
Terri Horman failed for a reason. When her husband and sister in law found out, the family unity immediately disintegrated, Terri stopped cooperating and got herself an attorney. Silence has kept her out of prison and has left little Kyron without the dignity of a burial.
Deborah Bradley failed for a reason...and on and on the list goes. Patsy and John Ramsey gave new meaning to the term, "polygraph shopping" in the case of their murdered daughter.
The faces of those who hindered the search for truth.
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