How evidence once thought destroyed helped free a man after 39 years behind bars for murder he didn’t commit — Wrongful Convictions Blog

Tunnel vision convicts and open-mindedness exonerates 39 years later… #BlindInjusticeChapter7BlindTunnelVision Craig Coley has maintained his innocence for 39 years and is now a free man. Coley was 31 and a restaurant night manager in 1978 when he was arrested for the rape and murder of Rhonda Wicht and the murder of her son Donald. After Coley’s case […]

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this day in crime history: november 26, 1933 — Nobody Move!

On this date in 1933, the people of San Jose, CA decided to take the law into their own hands. Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes were being held in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 22 year old department store heir Brooke Hart. The townsfolk, already enraged by the nature of the crime, whipped […]

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Widely used police interrogation technique can result in false confession: Disclosure

CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2003 10:46 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2003 10:46 AM ET

Interrogation tactics used by some Canadian police are being criticized after a report by CBC Television’s investigative program, Disclosure, showed that Regina police and the RCMP led three suspects to falsely confess to a grisly murder.

Videotapes obtained by CBC Television document more than 15 hours of police interrogations in the Regina case. They show police using sophisticated, psychological interrogation techniques on three young men who eventually confess to raping and killing a 14-year-old Regina girl in a high-profile 1996 case.

“I’m not even sure how to explain it because I’m not sure how it happened to me,” says Joel Labadie, one of the three who falsely confessed.

“All I know is for hours on end I said ‘No, I had nothing to do with it.’ Next thing you know I’m sitting here going ‘Sure, why not. I did it.’ More or less it’s like they kill your spirit or something,” he said.

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this day in crime history: november 29, 1933 — Nobody Move!

On this date in 1933, the bound and mutilated body of outlaw Verne Miller was found just outside Detroit, MI. Miller, the chief suspect in the Kansas City Massacre, was a decorated World War I veteran and former lawman. After a short stint as sheriff of Beadle County, SD, Miller turned to a life of […]

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