Attorneys defending the heavy metal band Judas Priest plan to challenge the credentials of an expert witness on subliminal messages, who contends hidden messages in the group's music drove two young men to suicide.
The song "Better By You, Better Than Me" blared through speakers in a federal courtroom Thursday as witness William Nickloff Jr. played the song forward, backward and speeded up with quick changes in volume to demonstrate his belief that the song contains the hidden phrase "do it" at least seven times.The messages on the album allegedly say, "Try suicide . . . let's be dead . . . do it, do it."
District Judge Jerry Whitehead, who is presiding in the non-jury trial, stared at the elaborate audio equipment, but gave no indication that he heard the alleged subliminal messages in the heavy metal band's music.