WHETHER it's solving a murder or getting to the bottom of bedroom bragging rights, Jason Hubble knows how to spot a tall tale.
As one of the UK's top lie detectors, the professional polygrapher has travelled the country to help everyday folk, celebrities, the police and even the UK Government get to the truth of the matter.
Taking a test with Jason doesn't come cheap at £399, but he claims his polygraph is 92 to 94 per cent accurate, meaning people accept whatever reading he gets.
With over a decade's experience in the business, the 50-year-old, who runs Lie Detectors UK, has practically seen it all – although one bizarre request sticks particularly in the memory.
“The strangest thing I had was a woman who wanted to prove to her boyfriend that his genitalia was the largest she had ever seen” Jason tells The Sun.
“I told her I could do it, but she'd need to write down every man you've ever been intimate with and their exact size.
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“She told me she couldn't remember, and that meant I couldn't test her.”
Jason is one of 20 private practitioners across the UK who can be called upon by anyone for a job.
For a traditional polygraph test, he takes two hours and asks the same three questions to get multiple readings of the signs that someone could be telling a lie.
Due to the nature of polygraphing, the questions have to be very tight, so not everything can be settled using one.
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Jason explains that 70 per cent of his client base is made up of people who have been accused of cheating trying to prove their innocence.
Around 25 per cent comes from those who have been accused of stealing, while the rest comes from TV and entertainment, and specialist jobs with organisations like the Government and police.
“I have a case on Friday with a couple where he has just come out of prison and accused her of being unfaithful,” he said.
“She's desperate to come in because she has no other way to prove that she was faithful. It's a bit like a counselling session in some ways.”
Incredibly, Jason says he has had people propose in his offices after tests proved a partner was faithful.
Later this week, he is testing a window cleaner's employees who had been accused of stealing a client's watch as they hope a proof of innocence test will be in their favour.
He has performed the testing on a range of celebrities including reality TV personality Thomas Skinner, F1 driver Lando Norris, YouTuber Zoella and Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale.
His testing has allowed one lad to prove that he was telling the truth about meeting Russell Crowe and spending the night with him.
“This guy didn't get any photos of his evening with the actor, so his friends refused to believe it had happened,” he said.
“I honestly thought it would come back as a lie, as it seemed too unbelievable.”
While most of Jason's work is relatively light-hearted, he has also been hired for jobs to scope out criminality.
Sometimes, this can be to ensure former convicts are abiding by their release conditions, but occasionally it can be more sinister.
He said: “The UK Government are now the biggest user of polygraphs, with seven examiners.
“They test sex offenders on probation, terrorist suspects, and domestic violence abusers.”
Jason, who trained to be a polygraph examiner at 38, added: “While polygraph now is very accurate, it wasn't always, and the FBI and KGB trained their staff to be able to pass a polygraph test if captured.
“I did some work years ago for the UK Government, I was drafted in last minute.
“Some of the guys I was testing had been trained in basic techniques to pass one.”
Investigating a murder
Trust in the tests has soared in the UK, and one convicted murderer opted to take one with Jason to prove his innocence.
Martin O'Halloran was jailed in 1975 for killing hairdresser Thomas Walker – something he has always denied.
He claims he was convinced by then-best friend Arthur Langford, an initial suspect, to provide a false alibi.
Arthur then allegedly told cops that Martin had committed the crime.
Due to failing health following a stroke, the convicted con opted to take a lie detector test, which claimed he was telling the truth that he hadn't committed the murder.
He told the Mirror: “I can go to my grave saying I’m an innocent man. I know I’ve told the truth all these years.
“Knowing there’s some proof that I’m innocent makes me feel incredible. In prison my heart died, no one believed me and it was so hard.
“I went through hell, but now people might believe I’m innocent.”
How to catch out lying pals
After years in the business, it's not surprising that Jason knows how to tell without his polygraph when someone isn't being entirely honest.
He claims that people's bodies betray them and that the closer you are to someone, the easier it is to tell if they're lying.
“Your body is hardwired to tell the truth, so it will react and give you away when you're lying,” he explained.
“Generally, people will start to sweat more. They might start fidgeting, so anything from moving their pint around to twiddling rings can be a giveaway.
“People will also look up and to the right, as that's the part of the brain your imagination is in. The memory part is up to the left.
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“Often the pitch of their voice will go up as well when someone is lying.”
He also said that people might become more formal in the way they speak and also turn their body slightly away from who they are speaking to.
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