April 26, 2002 |
William Webster, a former director of the CIA and FBI, urged the Pentagon yesterday to administer truth serum drugs to defiant Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners if needed to obtain information that could prevent fresh terrorist attacks. Webster said any information gleaned from prisoners injected with medications such as sodium pentothal should be used only "for the protection of the country" and not to prosecute prisoners from the Afghan war. Webster said he would not support the use of torture.
August 7, 1986 |
Before his very eyes, the go-go dancer began to sprout devil's horns and a tail as she walked through a Camden bar in her skimpy outfit, Joseph Guagenti told a psychiatrist. That, he said, was when he pulled out his gun and shot at least eight bullets into her body while shocked patrons dived for cover at the Admiral Liquor Store & Bar on Admiral Wilson Boulevard nearly a year ago. Guagenti's attorney, who plans an insanity defense to the murder charge, wanted to show a jury a videotape of Guagenti's statement about the devil, elicted while he was drugged with sodium amobarbital, a so-called truth serum.
August 7, 1986 |
Joseph Guagenti says it was the devil he shot eight times last year in a Camden bar, not go-go dancer Patricia Nace, his former girlfriend. He told a psychiatrist he saw the 23-year-old Cherry Hill dancer turn red and grow horns as she performed at the Admiral Lounge on Aug. 8, 1985. The psychotic delusion proves Guagenti was insane when he killed Nace, which provides the only defense that can save him from the death penalty, said defense attorney Glen Zeitz. But the prosecution argues that the devil delusion is illegal evidence that should never be presented to a jury because Guagenti revealed it while under the influence of sodium amytal, which experts and the courts agree is not a reliable "truth serum.
December 14, 1987 |
Why is "The Trouble with Spies" as stupefyingly, as profoundly, boring as it is - so boring that its scant 89 minutes seem like 890? It may be because of the plot, which is about a bumbling British secret agent named Appleton Porter (Donald Sutherland - and it's never explained why he doesn't talk with an English accent) who's sent to a Mediterranean island to ferret out a truth serum developed by the Russians. It's not only ludicrous and hard to follow but hopelessly out of date, the kind of mock-Bond nonsense that proliferated in the late '60s but hasn't been seen much since.
April 10, 1987 |
A Camden jury yesterday rejected the claim that a spurned lover was insane and thought he shot the devil when he killed his ex-girlfriend inside a Camden go-go bar. The panel found Joseph Guagenti guilty of murder. Today the jury will decide on life in prison or death by lethal injection for Guagenti, 29, of Williamstown, N.J. Under the influence of the drug sodium amytal - sometimes referred to as truth serum - Guagenti told a psychiatrist he saw go-go dancer Patricia Nace, 23, of Cherry Hill, turn into the devil - complete with horns and tail - as she danced at the Admiral Lounge in August 1985.
August 25, 1993 |
QUOTE "The show will have sex in it. But why not? On any given day you won't meet a person who doesn't have the thought cross their mind. " - Peggy Lipton, star of the new CBS show "Angel Falls" ALL RIGHT, LONI, THIS IS WAR! The War of the Reynoldses is getting stranger and stranger. On national TV last night, Burt Reynolds said he and his estranged wife, Loni Anderson, agreed to an amicable divorce, but she broke the pact by tipping off two gossip columnists, Liz Smith and Variety's Army Archerd.
June 22, 2010 |
"Knight and Day" is by no means a period piece, but it's certainly dated - another '80s flashback, this time to the Classic Coke version of Tom Cruise. Watching "Knight and Day" is like watching the Greatest Hits of '80s Tom. He pushes his shades down the bridge of his nose and peers over the lenses, Vogue-ing the poster for "Risky Business. " Jumps on a motorcycle "Top Gun"-style, co-star in tow. Does some daredevil driving à la "Days of Thunder," with a war whoop and breezy smile.
December 20, 1999 |
The 15th week of the Eagles' lost season was played on a chilly December day doused in holiday distraction. It was played on the heels of 11 losses that had sealed the Eagles' fate with a kick. It was played against a team supposedly hankering for the playoffs. It was played on the cusp of a beloved bye. So it was played with bags packed and flights booked and thoughts of home. It was played with a third-string quarterback in the game and a first-string running back with the flu. It was, if anything, a week for the Eagles to wearily rationalize.
August 3, 2006 |
BOOZE IS truth serum. Anyone who's had one too many knows it. People reveal their secret thoughts when they drink and get chatty. That's why the Mel Gibson situation is confirmation of like father, like son. I first wrote about Gibson and anti-Semitism a year and a half ago when "The Passion of the Christ" was about to be released. The New York Times Magazine had done a story about Gibson's role as benefactor of a California Catholic church not affiliated with the local archdiocese.