“TRUTH CHAMBER” DESIGNED TO WRING CONFESSIONS FROM CRIMINALS (Oct, 1934)
“TRUTH CHAMBER” DESIGNED TO WRING CONFESSIONS FROM CRIMINALS
A “truth chamber” recently devised by a New York criminologist is expected to wring confession of crime from a prisoner by compelling him to study his own features as he replies to a steady barrage of questions. It is a square cubicle with four mirrored walls. A battery of variously colored lights, suspended above the prisoner, plays upon him as he sits in the middle of the chamber. In the mirrors of the “truth chamber” he is able to note any suggestion of uneasiness in his manner or expression, and by changing the light from white to green or blue, detectives make him look worn and haggard. Convinced at last that his face and movements have already convicted him, the prisoner, the inventor believes, will confess.