AskMe gets a pretty weird nod in an investigative show on truTV called Forensic Files.
posted by phaedon to MetaFilter-Related at 6:58 PM (49 comments total)
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The show focuses on real crimes that were solved using forensic evidence. In the episode "Constructive Criticism (The Darrell North Murder)," Darrell North, a construction manager, is found dead at his worksite with 50 stab wounds all over his body. To make a long story short, the person who was eventually convicted of his murder was one of his own sub-contractors, Curtis Pope. It is believed that Pope was an incompetent worker and under financial duress, and possibly North had fired him shortly before he was killed.
Anyway, what is interesting is that during the investigation, Pope had been given a polygraph test, and he passed. However, later in the investigation, and due to other forensic leads, they obtained a warrant to search Pope's computer, and what they found is that he had looked online to find out how to beat a polygraph test. It's around here that a chunk of this AskMe question, posted by anonymous
is flashed on the screen, along with some other graphics. Here's a pic.
Not to worry, though - we're just b-roll
: A quick look at the dates shows that the Curtis Pope was caught (after skipping bail) in 2003,
and the polygraph question on AskMe was asked about four years later. Still, interesting to think who might be asking certain questions...