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After being interrogated relentlessly for many hours, four U.S. Navy sailors separately confessed to committing a violent rape and murder despite the lack of any evidence linking them to the crime. Based on their confessions, and despite there being no DNA match at the crime scene, each of the men was sent to prison for the crimes. In video Chapter 3 from The Confessions, students will consider why someone would give a false confession and examine the different types of evidence that can be used to identify perpetrators of a crime.

For this discussion:

  • First, go to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-confes...
  • Then in the player for the video, go to the marker for Chapter 3, “And Still No DNA Match…” (length:13:20)
  • Watch the video and consider the issues regarding false confessions that are raised.
  • Finally, for your initial response, answer the following question: “Why would someone confess to something they did not do? How can the criminal justice system protect against false confessions?”

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School: UIUC

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Thesis statement: The threats of the death penalty, intimation by police, police brutality are
some of the things that made these four men admit to a criminality that they did not undertake.
1. Issues Regarding False Confessions
2. Why People Confess To Something They Did Not Do
3. How Can the Criminal Justice System Protect Against False Confessions

Running head: CONFESSIONS


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Issues Regarding False Confessions
According to the confessions that the sailors in the US Navy gave during interviews, it is
a clear depiction that a person can confess to a brutal crime that he did not commit. The threats
of the death penalty, intimation by police, police brutality are some of the things that made these
four men ad...

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