Wonder Woman, the Lasso of Truth and Polygraphs

The latest in my ‘Learn Something New Every Day’ series – taken from The Great Courses’ Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works (Lecture 30: When forensics are on trial)

William Marston (a psychologist, inventor & feminist) developed early lie detection technology based on blood pressure and breathing (and that led to the polygraphs of today) to detect truth/lie in suspects. But Marston is much better known as the creator of the WONDER WOMAN comic book character who, not coincidentally, carried a lasso of truth.

If we assume that Wonder Woman’s world-building was influenced by Marston’s research into truth detection, can we also assume that there are early schematics for an invisible plane floating around in Marston’s old notebooks somewhere?

God, I hope so!