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A pair of sound and recording experts hired by the plaintiffs in a Nevada suit brought by bereaved parents against the British metal group Judas Priest testified Tuesday they detected a hidden message saying “Do it” on the song that allegedly prompted the parents’ two sons to attempt suicide in 1985. William Nickloff, president of Sacramento-based Secret Sounds Inc., said in a report filed in Washoe District Court in Reno that he used a compact disc recording of the album to discern the alleged subliminal message, “Do it.” Fellow expert Steve Williamson of the Institute of Bio-Acoustics Research in Eugene, Ore., agreed with Nickloff. Reno attorney Suellen Fulstone, who represents CBS Records--also named in the suit--said an expert hired by the defense reported no subliminal messages. The reports were made public Tuesday by order of Judge Jerry Whitehead, who earlier said he would throw the case out unless it could be proven that subliminal messages existed on the album.


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