Sunday, November 3, 2013

Butch Atwood Given 2 Lie Detector Tests

Butch's wife, Barbara, spoke to me from Florida today, and dropped this little tidbit: Police detectives gave Butch two lie detector tests after Maura went missing. They were told he flunked the first one and passed the second. She believes he failed the first one due to his health complications, which included high blood pressure, diabetes, a-fib, and COPD.

Before you get too excited about this info, you should know that lie detector tests are not admissible in court (usually) and are basically just a tool for detectives to push a suspect into a confession. The tests measure bio-feedback so his health would certainly have been a factor. To me, Butch is not a likely suspect, and seems to be a good samaritan who got caught up in a big case.

Keep in mind, at the time Butch lived there with both Barbara and his mother, Violet. And Maura's accident was in plain view of three homes. Not easy for a 300-pound guy to commit a crime in those circumstances.

To his dying day, Butch believed Maura was picked up by someone, possibly a traveling companion, due to how quickly her disappearance happened.

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  1. ....who is Faith Westmen? Reading the Accident Report filed the night of the crash I believe it states she was the first actual caller to dispatch? And it also states she clearly spots 'a man smoking a cigarette in the seat'......????? Any idea on this subject?

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  2. See this post: What the witnesses saw.

    "I heard a crash and then I went to the window. I saw the car. There was a red light in the car, which I thought might be the light from the end of a cigarette," says Westman. "But I never saw a man and the red light could have been anything. Maybe a cell phone light as she was trying to find a signal to call someone."

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  3. Call me overly suspicious, but the thing that stands out to me the most here is that Atwood failed the first test. Point well taken that lie detectors are not accepted as evidence in court because they are not exact enough science, but consider this: Polygraphs measure *changes* in biofeedback when the subject is lying as opposed to when they are giving truthful answers.

    Butch's health would have made his biofeedback deviate from the average person's, but there's no logical reason why his variance from his own personal baseline should have been affected by his health. Not everyone who takes these tests is the portrait of health and vitality.

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    1. a-fib would make his heart rate irregular and constantly deviating from his baseline.

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  4. Lie detector tests are notoriously unreliable. I flunked an employment test once, and I know for a fact that I was telling the truth. If the person is nervous about being questioned, and many are nervous just by being in the police station, they can give false positives. Also, I've read that highly intelligent people tend to give false positives.

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  5. I have been reading for two days and I would like to say, 'Thank You James' I have a question. The 'accident' scene looked staged from the new sketch I viewed. IMO. The second ?, was Maura pregnant or was that a rumor? She stated she was leaving because there was a death in the family. If she had an abortion that would be a death in the family to HER.

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  6. -"Keep in mind, at the time Butch lived there with both Barbara and his mother, Violet. And Maura's accident was in plain view of three homes. Not easy for a 300-pound guy to commit a crime in those circumstances"-

    Not easy? Yet nobody saw where she went or what happened.....

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  7. They traced her steps on the road right up to butch's driveway. And someone in a nearby convenience store reported she saw Maura mouthing help me with a 60 year old man behind her. Well butch was about that age. And I understand that under the circumstances that butch wouldn't have been able to pull off a successful crime right there on the crash scene but if he made it so she willingly got into a car with him right in front of his driveway as she was walking by like promising her a ride to a town near. I know he called the police but maura didnt know that and if he coulda played it out so it was cover up. Then took her tried getting money from her at the store and realized she didnt have anymore so took her and dumped her in that river right near his house. And he has a neighbor that said he backed his school bus in his driveway and did paper work in it that night after he got home from the scene. Now someone tell me why you be doing paper work outside in your bus at 7:30 at night in the middle of winter(very dark and cold out). Running the lights and heat in a school bus when your house is right there.

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    1. Right...shit doesn't add up in the least.

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