Case Study | Lie Detector Test in Bristol

What questions can I ask on a lie detector test?

Our Bristol client wanted to know what questions could be asked to resolve a family split. She had worked for many years as a mobile carer in Bristol and when her Mother in Law was diagnosed with Cancer she was determined that she would be cared for at home by family members rather than by domiciliary care providers. I have done their job for years she said. You just can’t give any real level of care or interaction with a client when you have only got a 20 minute period allocated to their appointment. I was determined she wasn’t going to be treated like that, so I agreed to give up my job and become the full time day carer. She had always been like a second mom to me and after her husband died, only a week after retiring from his job repairing roads for Bristol Council, I had visited every day during my care round and it was me she asked to go with her when she had her diagnosis.

My Sister in Law and I had always got on but we are completely different. I am either working or at home with the family and she likes the nightlife. That caused a little friction when we first agreed to care for her mother as she didn’t want to break into her evenings out in Bristol night clubs, to cover night shifts. She also spends money like water and is always selling things, even the children’s Christmas presents, just so she can have a night out. I looked after my mother in law for five months before she became too weak and was admitted to a Bristol hospice, where she died two weeks later.

One of my most treasured possessions was my mother in laws engagement ring. When my husband and I decided to get married his parents were overjoyed and as we both had quite poorly paid jobs my boyfriend couldn’t afford an engagement ring. His mom and dad wouldn’t have it. They insisted that we have her engagement ring and when we eventually got married we matched the wedding ring band so they looked a pair. My sister in law has always resented the fact we were given the ring.

Over Christmas we tried to bury old arguments and invited my sister in law to a local Bristol restaurant. We had a really nice evening and afterwards we all came back to our home. I washed up during the evening and as I always do, I took off my rings and put them on the window ledge. I forgot to put them back on and it wasn’t until the next morning that I went to put them on and found them missing.

There have been arguments ever since and I am sure I know who has taken them, I want to know if my sister in law has stolen my wedding and engagement rings. She has agreed to take a test if I pay on the condition that I take a test as well to prove I am not lying about the theft, just to cause more family troubles. So, I have agreed and I have a list of things to ask her about it. The client produced an A4 sheet of paper covered in questions, totalling 18 in all. Had the sister said this, had she done that and on and on they went, completely losing focus on the central issue.

This often happens with disputes between parties, emotions take over and lists of totally unimportant issues get raised as being relevant when all they actually do is fail to address the central issue. Fortunately, both of our clients were prepared to listen and by guided by our experienced examiners when they came into our Bristol office at the Regus Castlemead building, Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS13AG, for their individual examinations.

Our instructing client’s sister was examined first and denied taking the rings, she failed the test and her only comment was that she expected that, no denial, just simple acceptance that the truth had been exposed. Our client was being examined at the same time by a second examiner and not surprisingly, knowing the first result, she passed the polygraph examination.

Focusing on the core issue and formulating the correct questions to resolve the matter are not always easy for a client to achieve on their own but they are vitally important to achieve a successful lie detector test. If you are considering taking a lie detector test then please feel free to call us and our team of fully qualified examiners can advise you on how to resolve your issues by the correct question formulation and answer any other questions you may have. Our advice is free.

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