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NCJ Number: 150445 Find in a Library
Title: Canary Murder Case: The Use of the Deception Test To Determine Guilt
Journal: Polygraph  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:(1994)  Pages:145-148
Author(s): L Keeler
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article, written by the inventor of the modern polygraph, describe a case in which a polygraph examination was used to determine the guilt of several suspects.
Abstract: The case, the suicide of a woman who lived alone, was complicated by the disappearance of a valuable trick canary and household articles, all of which had been present in the house at the time of the discovery of the suicide. The investigating judge questioned the police officers who had been assigned to the case. The day after the first interrogation of the officer, a dead canary was found in the house, but further investigation revealed it had died from a broken neck; furthermore, friends of the deceased women testified it was not her canary. The results of the polygraph indicated that all four police officers had some knowledge about the disappearance of the original canary; when one officer was charged with stealing the bird, he called the judge and turned in his colleague who had actually committed the crime. The other officers were identified as accessories.
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Courts; Criminology; History of policing; Police equipment; Polygraph techniques; Polygraphs
Note: Reprinted from the American Journal of Police Science, V 1, N 4, (July-August 1930), P 381-386.
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