Lie Detection

Lie Detection

Lie Detection

In line with Norma Manatu

about Lie Detection in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Up until the 1900s, unscientific methods dominated the search for detecting liars from truth-tellers. Many methods relied on divine intervention, expressed through ordeals or torture that was rooted primarily in superstition and religious faith. In Europe and colonial America, water ordeals flourished during the witch hunts of the 1600s, when suspects were tied up and thrown into water. If the suspects sank, this meant the water had accepted the purity of truth-tellers; if they floated, it meant the water had rejected the impure liars, who were then executed. Another testing method, the boiling water ordeal, in which the right hand of the accused was plunged into a kettle of boiling water, was used worldwide, whereas fire and hot iron ordeals were commonplace in India and Egypt.

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