Saturday, December 10, 2016


The hungry man

My client called met to polygraph an examinee being the suspect of having stolen money from the ATM he used to service as a technician.
Adam (a nom de plume name, not his real name), entered the small polygraph room. I prefer a small room with no noise.
When Adam sat down he started sweating. The air conditioner is on.
He took a neat handkerchief from his trousers pocket and wiped the sweat from his forehead.

I introduced myself and Adam was by now shaking while I took a photo of him, for the purpose of the Polygraph Results.

Adam can’t look me in the eyes.

During the Forensic Assessment Interview prior to the Polygraph Examination, he denied all allegations against him.
I explained to him that he could lie to me, but that he would not be able to lie to the Polygraph Instrument.

Adam shifts around on his chair. There is no noise. There are no windows in the room. There is only me and Adam. And Adam’s body language is that of a wild cat … trapped.

I say: “Adam, look into my eyes”. For the first time during the Forensic Assessment Interview, Adam makes eye contact.
I asked him: “Did you take a large amount of money from that ATM”?

“Adam, I am here to help you out of this dark cloud hanging over your head”, I said.

Adam stares at the set up Polygraph Instrument with all the tubes and cuff and chains.

I put my hand on his hand. And I repeated: “Adam, I am the person that can really help you of your misery”. “Come on, be a man and tell the truth.”

Adam broke down in tears using the sweaty handkerchief to dry those regretful tears.

That was the moment to get the truth with a confession and without a Polygraph Examination.
Adam confessed having stolen hundreds of thousands Rand from that ATM he serviced as a technician.

I did not Polygraph him.
I followed the next phase to get him so far as to give a written confession. Handwritten in his own words in black and white.

Adam wrote his confession and I congratulated him for having told the truth.

A written confession is of huge value to clients that use our services in Polygraphy.
After I completed the session with Adam, my client let him wait in the cafeteria. Adam was unaware that he was about to be interrogated by the Forensic team that hired me to do the Polygraph examination.

I handed over the written confession (deadly evidence) to my client. My client is happy and so am I.

I got into my car and drove away. Happy that I did a good job.

Some hours after I have left, the Forensic Interrogation team called me.

The Interrogator said: “Lie Spy, (my nickname in Forensics) – you would not believe what just happened”!

“WHAT”? I asked.

So told the Forensic Interrogator…

He called Adam back into the Polygraph room with the written confession placed on the polished table.
Then the Forensic Interrogator’s phone rang – it was a call from his Boss and he just stepped out of the Polygraph room to answer the call.

It was a matter of 30 seconds and when he entered the Polygraph room, he found Adam’s written confession torn apart into pieces and Adam busy EATING and swallowing his written confession!

This was the BEST evidence. The “left overs” were used as evidence against Adam whom had to rewrite a new confession, including that he ate his own written confession obtained by me, the Polygraphist.

A criminal case was opened and Adam currently serves many years behind bars.

The money was never retrieved.

Lizette Snyman (The Lie Spy)

South Africa

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