The mighty Johnny Cash once said “what is done in the dark will be brought to the light”. Seems like Helene Adelaide Shelby, an inventor, took that saying quite literally and filed a patent in 1927, aimed at protecting a new interrogation method.
This patent sought that in order to extract a confession that the murderer be put face-to-face with their propped up victim. The body would have its eyes replaced by red blinking lights, while flood lighting would project upwards over the body as to cast a spooky atmosphere.
The idea was that the murderer would be so scared of the ghastly apparition that they would be compelled to admit the truth in sheer terror, while an engineer behind the body would record the entire… uhmm… spectacle. The only fact here that isn’t shocking is that this method was never implemented.
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Patent link: https://lnkd.in/ex25bNG