The Real Lasso of Truth

Wonder Woman - Champion of Truth

Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta is a favourite among superheroes and one of the leading champions of the popular DC cinematic universe. When blending into the society outside of her homeland, she adopts her civilian identity Diana Prince, but when she is out and about fighting crime and standing for truth and justice, she is better known as Wonder Woman.

Gal Gadot first made her appearance as the powerful hero in the Batman vs Superman; Dawn of Justice film alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill starring respectively as Batman and Superman. In 2017 she took on the role of the titular character in the film Wonder Woman and appeared again later that year in the hit movie Justice League as one of the founding members.

The Lasso of Truth is a powerful tool used by the Amazonian champion to force her opponents to tell the truth. What is really interesting about this, is that it actually has some real-world merit. The same person that created Wonder Woman, also happened to be one of the persons credited with the invention of the modern day polygraph. So not only did William Moulton Marston create the champion for truth and justice in the world of comic books, he actively worked on aiding real life crime fighters.

William Moulton Marston

Marston was born in the Cliftondale section of Saugus, Massachusetts, the son of Annie Dalton (née Moulton) and Frederick William Marston. Marston was educated at Harvard University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and receiving his B.A. in 1915, an LL.B. in 1918, and a PhD in Psychology in 1921. After teaching at American University in Washington, D.C., and Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, Marston traveled to Universal Studios in California in 1929, where he spent a year as Director of Public Services. Marston was the creator of the systolic blood pressure test, which became one component of the modern polygraph invented by John Augustus Larson. Marston set out to commercialize Larson's invention of the polygraph, when he subsequently embarked on a career in entertainment and comic book writing and appeared as a salesman in ads for Gillette Razors, using a polygraph motif. From his psychological work, Marston became convinced that women were more honest than men in certain situations and could work faster and more accurately. During his lifetime, Marston championed the latent abilities and causes of the women of his day.

Polygraph Testing - The Real Lasso of Truth

It is well known that the Lasso of Truth heroically used by Wonder Woman while fighting crime as a champion for truth and justice was largely inspired by the work that Marston had conducted with polygraph instruments and testing. While Wonder Woman is a fictional character, there are real life crime fighting heroes, and while we don't have a magical 'Lasso of Truth' we do have over 30 years of experience, scientifically validated techniques and state-of-the-art lie detection technologies to find the truth when you need it most. Call the real champions of truth and justice.

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Wonder Woman and Polygraph Examinations