March 27, 2017
Tom Fassbender was the co-lead investigator on the 2005 murder case of Teresa Halbach, a Wisconsin photographer, whose death became the focus of the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. The docuseries, which follows the investigation into Halbach’s death, focuses on suspect Steven Avery, who had previous troubles with the law, and his 16-year-old nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was reportedly with his uncle the night Halbach disappeared after going to Avery’s property to take pictures.
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After the documentary series aired, which included interrogation footage of Fassbender and his counterpart interviewing Dassey, many believed Fassbender coerced Dassey into confessing to the crime. On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, he asks Fassbender, “Did you bully a confession out of this boy?”
“No, I did not,” Fassbender replies.
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Dr. Phil explains that false confession is a phenomenon where a person is treated in a way that they are broken down psychologically and will tell you what you want to hear. Fassbender denies using that tactic with Dassey.