I’m watching an episode of Forensic Files (on Netflix: Collection 1, “Church Dis-Service”) and there’s a good amount of talk about how the two eye-witnesses to Dawnia’s disappearance gave ‘conflicting’ descriptions of the van she got into/was pulled into: one said that the van was burgundy, one said it was teal. The detectives on the case made a big deal about how they ‘didn’t know what to believe’.
Understandable, BUT, we all remember a few years back, the viral sensation of “The Dress”:
The dress is a photograph that became a viral internet sensation on 26 February 2015, when viewers disagreed over whether the dress pictured was coloured black and royal blue, or white and gold. The phenomenon revealed differences in human colour perception, which have been the subject of ongoing scientific investigations into neuroscience and vision science, with a number of papers published in peer-reviewed science journals.
It makes me wonder how many potential tips or witness statements may have been discounted or cast aside because they didn’t ‘align’ with the other statements because of this phenomenon.
Any thoughts? Maybe even any cases you can think of where this happened?