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Confessions of a Lie Detector: Years of Theft, Sex, and Murder Paperback – Sep 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Lycetta Press (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098288902X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982889022
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Viewpoint of another polygraph examiner Jan. 12 2012
By Dr. Vergil Williams - Published on
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As a polygraph examiner and book lover I appreciate Wygant's non-fiction work on this topic. Examiners do like to swap experiences when they get together but seldom are able to share them freely with the public because we have an obligation to maintain confidentiality in most instances. Many people are interested in the mechanics of polygraph examinations and Wygant does a good job of explaining the process for their gratification. Other examiners will enjoy sharing some of Wygant's experiences. Of special interest to younger examiners are his tales of his polygraph business prior to 1988 when we were able to do polygraph tests for businesses to root out employee theft (an expense even greater than that caused by shoplifters) and other illegal behaviors. He is well respected in the profession and well qualified to opine on the topic of lying
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Great read Jim! March 11 2012
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I read this book by Dr. James Wygant with great interest, as I know Jim from the polygraph profession. This is a first class read and offers a lot of insights into the profession of polygraphy.
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A Good Read for the True Crime Enthusiast Dec 22 2011
By A. Arendt - Published on
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(From my Wordpress blog, Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press Authors.)

WARNING: This book contains descriptions of sexual assault and harm to children.

Confessions of a Lie Detector is a non-fiction book describing the experiences of the author, a polygraph examiner with over 30 years of experience. It's an interesting look at a little-known and misunderstood science. Wygant presents cases ranging from petty theft to murder and shows how under the right circumstances, almost anyone can be caught in a lie.

Some of the most interesting parts of the book are not the cases themselves, but Wygant's own speculation on the nature of lying and why we do it. He describes some of the different types of lies that people frequently tell, and what effect they can have on both the liar and the person being lied to. He shows a lot of compassion for the people who "fail" his tests, which I think allowed him to give a more balanced take of the consequences of lying. One of the first things he tells the reader is that often, when a polygraph test shows a client is probably not being truthful, they are relieved rather than angry. Keeping up with a lie can exact a tremendous toll on the person telling it. He also points out that we are sometimes pressured into lying by loved ones who don't really want to know the truth.

I did have some trouble with the graphic nature of some of the crimes described, but that's merely a warning, not a criticism. I do feel that the descriptions given were necessary parts of the book. However, people with sensitivity to certain subjects may find it hard to read. There was also a lengthy chapter describing in detail the investigation into a murder in which polygraph in general and the author in particular didn't seem to play a particularly important role. It did not fit the general flow of the book and ended up feeling like filler.

My verdict: proceed with caution. There is some interesting information and speculation in this book, but the reader must have a true interest in the subject to stick with it, and some content may be upsetting.
The polygraph works only as good as the TRAINED Examiner Sept. 30 2014
By GENE A, CELLA SR. - Published on
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The polygraph works only as good as the TRAINED is a reliable investigative tool in the right hands. 35 years in conducting over 12,000 tests with confessions on deceptive charts and verification on both deceptive as well as non deceptive individuals. It is a Truth Verifier more than a Lie Detector. Anyone who trys to teach deception is, in my opion, deceptive in nature.
Great book outlining the truths of polygraph testing. March 31 2012
By Imgels - Published on
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Picked this for my Kindle based on my love of criminal true stories. The author does a wondeful job in describing the mechanics of polygraph testing. It was also interesting to find out why this is not the perfect science. Very operator dependent and easy to sway an investigation as the author outlined in this book. I loved this book so much I am considering a mid-life career change! Polygraphy here I come.