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They Invented What? (No. 192)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on January 11, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 1,749,090: Apparatus for obtaining criminal confessions and photographically recording them.

Having thus described my method of obtaining confessions from those criminally suspected and photographically recording these confessions, together with other pertinent matter connected therewith, for later reproduction as evidence, I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

1. A device of the character described, comprising a chamber divided into compartments having partitioning means therebetween, an “apparition” disposed in one of said compartments and supported by said partitioning means, said “apparition” comprising a skeleton, a transparent envelop therefor constituting its body, means comprising an electrical circuit and a plurality of electric bulbs for suitably lighting said body to produce ghastly effects, electric bulbs in the sockets of the cranium of said skeleton, the said bulbs having exteriorly the appearance of eyeballs when illuminated, a camera within said cranium adapted to photographically and simultaneously record both, scenes and words, and an electric circuit for suitably lighting the bulbs of the cranium, said circuits being controlled by switches carried by a switch-board located in the rear of said partitioning means.