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Cross-Examined Under an Anesthetic
What may be called the latest development of "third degree" methods is reported in the Lancet from Hawaii. An American boy was abducted from his school on some pretext by a man somewhat vaguely described as an "oriental." The boy's father received a letter demanding a ransom of $10,000; he attended at the appointed place and paid the money. Later the body of the boy was found in some bushes. Suspicion fell on a young Japanese, named Kaisan, who had been chauffeur in the boy's family. He was arrested and examined by what in England would be labeled "third degree" methods. He steadily maintained his innocence, even though pressed with questions by expert examiners. In this dilemma the police surgeon administered "a heavy injection of hyoscine [scopolamine] hydrobromide." "The drug produces a twilight sleep from which persons emerge to talk from their subconscious mind and to
LONDON. JAMA. 1928;91(25):2006-2007. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700250070025