TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN
Take the Money and Run was a reality game show I starred in – as an interrogator – with top District Attorney Mary Hanlon Stone as my partner. It premiered on August 2, 2011 as part of the ABC network's 2011–12 primetime schedule. The series was unscripted and involved contestants trying to hide a briefcase filled with $100,000 from real local police detectives and professional interrogators (Mary and me). The show took place around the United States, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami.
Mary and I had been partners in the real world for many years as part of verticle prosecution – meaning we worked together to arrest and prosecute suspects. In other words, I caught 'em and Mary cleaned 'em...
Two contestants, known as hiders, are given use of an SUV and a cellular phone, and are given one hour to hide a briefcase with $100,000 inside. At the end of the hour, the hiders are taken into custody and booked into a jail facility and isolated from each other.
For the next 48 hours, two professional interrogators (myself and Mary Hanlon Stone) used real world interrogation skills to question the hiders in an attempt to locate the briefcase. We worked in conjunction with two detectives from the local jurisdiction, who were also contestants known as seekers, who we directed out in the field as we obtained information about the possible location of the briefcase. The hiders did not have the right to remain silent. They had to talk to myself and Mary, although they were expected to lie as well as they could.
The seeker detectives (and the interrogators) also had access to the GPS recordings of the route the contestants took in the SUV, telephone records of who they called, and all receipts for any money spent. If the seeker detectives located the briefcase within 48 hours, they were awarded the $100,000. If not, the hider contestants won the prize.
In either case, Mary and I got to travel to the next location and start all over again. Could you lie to us for 48 hours? Don’t bet on it. Take The Money And Run if you can...
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