Ayla Reynolds: Father did take poly and a poly examiner talks about myths

DiPietro who remained quiet the first weeks after Ayla went missing, began talking to the media last week, (click on the link to watch the interview) after consulting with the Laura Recovery Center.

Yesterday he talked with the Morning Sentinel and told them he took a polygraph test, but didn’t know the results.

 “I asked for a polygraph on day one,” he said on Friday during his interview with the Morning Sentinel. “I’ve taken one, and the results, I was never allowed to see them. It’s something you’re going to have to ask law enforcement about.”

Here’s the clincher, Stephen McCausland of the Maine State Police said that DiPietro was told the results.

“He knows how he did, because we told him. To say that he didn’t know, is just not true,” said McCausland.  That is all McCausland said because he said he couldn’t disclose the results to the media.  He won’t say whether DiPietrro passed, failed or if the results were inconclusive. 

Then DiPietro said, what I believe to be an interesting statement.

“They can tell me whatever they want.  Again, I didn’t physically see the results,” he said.

Assuming that “they” is the police, you can’t help but wonder what the whatever was.  Evidently, they did tell him something, but he is not sharing.

Then DiPietro said whether he was told he failed the test by police is irrelevant as he hasn’t see the test results himself.

McCausland said that DiPietro would need a interpreter to read the results as “it’s line on a paper, there’s no transcript or written text that goes with it.”

A couple of weeks ago I listened to the “Bring Them Home Now” show on Blog Talk Radio.  The host Rachel Jackson had Libby Christ, a Polygraph Examiner on her show. 

I learned quite a bit on the show and Libby did explain the test were lines on a paper that only a trained examiner would understand.

She also went into more detail about what would cause someone to fail a test. According to Libby for the best results, the person who is taking the test is only given about 10, yes or no questions. 

A inconclusive result could be someone that is confused by the question or their is a language confusion, or the testee is on drugs.  They can be inconclusive also if the testee is trying different things to alter the results  like moving too much or putting a tack in your shoe or contracting the anal sphincter, which is considered Sabatage, the conclusion would be the person was being deceptive.  Trained examiners will pick up on deceptions.

“They are very easy to see,” said Libby.

The bottom line is only 5 to 10 percent of people given a polygraph test are inconclusive, according to Libby.  What is left is you pass or fail.

There are times that people can fail a test, but they will not fail if they are nervous.  An examiner knows how to account for that and are expecting the individual to be nervous.

A person can fail a test, though, if a question is not controlled and is an open-ended ambiguous question given by the examiner.  For example, if an examiner asked, did you cause your child to go missing.

“The reason they fail it, is because they are thinking, ‘I let the child go outside and play that day, and feel responsible.’  A better question is do you know where that child is now,” said Libby.

I cannot get inside DiPietro’s head, but I know that if I took a polygraph and passed, I would want the public to know.  His silence to the test results speaks volumes.
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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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