False Confessions

January 9, 2007

Would you ever confess to a crime you didn't commit? What if the authorities, police you thought you could trust, said that you committed a crime and that they had evidence to prove it? Would you begin to doubt yourself, even though you knew you didn't do it? Dr. Phil explores the psychology of false confessions.

 

 

Guilt by Accusation
Jon, 24, found himself behind bars after a young man was shot dead at a local pizza parlor. Why did he confess to a crime he didn't commit? What role did the police play in his confession?  


Learn how the truth finally came out.

  



Crossing the Line?
Experts say some confess for fame, others confess to escape torturous interrogations. No one knows the art of getting confessions better than a 29-year veteran New York City Homicide Detective.

 

Should police have to play by the rules in an interrogation?

 



Fighting for Freedom
Marty Tankleff was just 17 when he was convicted of murdering his parents " all based on what he says was a police-coerced false confession.  

 

 

"There's no way I could have hurt my parents. I loved them."

 



Evidence Emerges

Possible new evidence has emerged in Marty's case. Dr. Phil talks to the detective who interrogated Marty, and a young man who purports to know who really did it.

 

 

"'Dad, tell me the truth. Did you really do this?'"