False Confession

by TChris

It's easy for police and prosecutors to say "case closed" after a suspect confesses guilt, but -- as Charles Hickman's confession demonstrates -- not all admissions of guilt are grounded in fact.

Prosecutors are baffled about why Charles Hickman, 21, confessed to the [murder of a 10 year old girl] earlier this year, telling authorities that the fourth-grader was kidnapped and killed after she saw people making methamphetamine.

DNA testing of semen recovered from the girl's body now points to a different suspect. Murder charges against Hickman have been dropped. As is usually the case when a confession proves to be false, the reason Hickman told the story is unclear.

"I don't think the science in the case lies," said Hickman's attorney, John Plummer III. "I think the police have to follow what the facts are and not speculate as to why people say what they say sometimes."

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  • Re: False Confession (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mreddieb on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:16 PM EST
    I have noticed a distinct change in our societies attitudes towards solving crime best reflected in our TV network fare. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed Shows like NYPD Blue, law and Order-Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit all have one theme or goal in common "Getting a suspect to Confess". I think NYPD blue, because it is more reality based portrays the art of "Getting the perps Confession" best. I think this has, in away become for real Police a method of becoming the pre Judge and Jury. Rather than becoming skilled in collecting unrefutable evidence it is easier to become expert inquisitors. Combined with the "Lets make a deal" DAs we have brewed up a toxic mix for the innocent supects caught up in the net with the guilty. God knows how many innocents have "Pled out" to crimes they really didn't commit!

    Re: False Confession (none / 0) (#2)
    by DawesFred60 on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:16 PM EST
    Well, cop's do like to beat confession out of people, nothing new here.