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Hypnosis, And Other Unusual Ways Texas Solves Crimes

Texas has used some unusual methods to solve crimes, but some argue those practices are “junk science.”



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The Dallas Morning News reports Texas has the most robust forensic hypnosis program in the country. Police officers across the state are trained to sharpen or recall the lost memories of crime witnesses.

More and more states are banning the practice, and Texas may be next because two Dallas-area death row inmates are fighting their convictions on what they say is "junk science."

Houston Matters takes a closer look at hypnosis and some of the other unusual methods Texas law enforcement has used to solve crimes. We talk with Dr. Kevin Buckler from UH-Downtown and Keith Owens, a former special agent with the Department of Homeland Security.