Law: Blood, Sweat and Fears

Still challenged, lie detectors are used more than ever

The trouble for Linda Voikos, then 22, a bookkeeper for S.S. Kresge, began when she reported $150 missing from the previous day's receipts. A few weeks later the store's security man took her to a room at a local Holiday Inn. There another man with a lie detector tried to elicit a confession from Voikos, first with his equipment and then with persuasion: "Linda, you've tried to deceive me. You did steal the money." The bookkeeper, a six-year employee, quit before she could be fired....

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