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How Melissa Lucio Went From Abuse Survivor to Death Row
Why some trauma victims are more likely to take responsibility for crimes, even when they may be innocent.
Anatomy of a Murder Confession
Texas Ranger James Holland became famous for cajoling killers into confessing to their crimes. But did some of his methods — from lying to suspects to having witnesses hypnotized — ensnare innocent people, too?
December 13, 2019
What Have We Learned Since the Central Park Jogger Case?
An eerily similar crime in New York this week will test public attitudes about juvenile justice.
Case in Point
November 13, 2017
Confess, or “They’ll Fucking Give You the Needle.”
An idle threat, but the teenage suspect confessed.
June 12, 2016
For 50 Years, You’ve Had “The Right to Remain Silent”
So why do so many suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit?
June 2, 2016
The Bogus Murder Confession That Changed How I Investigate Family Violence
A prosecutor on the case he’ll never forget.
September 4, 2015
A Phone Call From Jail? Better Watch What You Say
A confession, a threat—it’s probably taped. And admissible.
June 8, 2015
The Possibly Coerced Confession at the Heart of the Bite Mark Case
Re-assessing a videotaped interrogation.
April 14, 2015
One by a nervous kid. One by a self-styled hit man. A Detroit whodunnit.
March 17, 2015
Five Lessons from “The Jinx”
What the HBO documentary series shows us about real-world law enforcement.