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10th May '18 7:04:11 PM thatother1dude
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* In WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, [[spoiler:Steven takes the heat for a crime supposedly committed by his mother (of which he has her gemstone and thus feels the responsibility falls on him), but when questioned on how he did it, he can't reproduce the details. This leads Zircon to realizing that it's incredibly unlikely that Rose Quartz did it, and ends up accidentally framing the judges who also happen to be the dictators of the planet when he gets overly into his examination.]]

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* In WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, [[spoiler:Steven ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Steven takes the heat for a crime supposedly committed by his mother (of which he has her gemstone and thus feels the responsibility falls on him), but when questioned on how he did it, he can't reproduce the details. This [[spoiler:This leads his lawyer Zircon to realizing that it's incredibly unlikely that Rose Quartz did it, and ends up she accidentally framing accuses the judges who judges--who also happen to be the dictators of the planet when he planet--when she gets overly into his examination.]]
9th May '18 11:21:33 AM fobarimperius
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* In WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, [[spoiler:Steven takes the heat for a crime supposedly committed by his mother (of which he has her gemstone and thus feels the responsibility falls on him), but when questioned on how he did it, he can't reproduce the details. This leads Zircon to realizing that it's incredibly unlikely that Rose Quartz did it, and ends up accidentally framing the judges who also happen to be the dictators of the planet when he gets overly into his examination.]]
19th Apr '18 1:30:43 PM MikeW
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* The 1994 HBO film ''The Enemy Within'' (a modern remake of ''Film/SevenDaysInMay'') has low-level Mac Casey discovering that a general, the Secretary of Defense and Vice-President are planning what amounts to a coup to remove the President in protest over his refusal to invade a foreign country. They're mocking the President on how he has no evidence and they're about to pull the plot off when Mac bursts into the Oval Office. He tells them to call the whole thing off or he'll go to the press and...confess. "To my complicity in ''our'' plot to take over the government." As he points out, how else could he know of all this unless he was in on it? The conspirators realize to their shock that by confessing to involvement, Mac will reveal the entire plot and while he may go to jail, they certainly will for treason.
-->'''Secretary Potter''': No one will believe you! You're just a lowly Colonel!
-->'''Mac''': So was Oliver North. The American people are funny. They may not believe an accusation from the President but they ''will'' believe a confession from just about anyone.
29th Dec '17 7:25:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The reason that Eddie Brock (ComicBook/{{Venom}}) hated {{Spider-Man}} was because after Eddie broke journalistic ethics to apprehend someone who had confessed to being the serial killer Sin Eater, Spider-Man caught the real Sin Eater, revealing Brock's catch to be a false confessor.

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* The reason that Eddie Brock (ComicBook/{{Venom}}) hated {{Spider-Man}} Franchise/SpiderMan was because after Eddie broke journalistic ethics to apprehend someone who had confessed to being the serial killer Sin Eater, Spider-Man caught the real Sin Eater, revealing Brock's catch to be a false confessor.
2nd Oct '17 6:38:17 AM Codefreak5
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* In ''Bedlam'', Fillmore Press is a former psychotic killer who turned to ''solving'' grisly murders using his unique understanding of the criminally insane mind. To this end, he confesses to a string of serial killins because a) he feels the police won't listen to him unless they absolutely have to, and b) he thinks the real killer is just getting warmed up and has to be stopped as soon as possible. He helps along the investigation quite a bit, but the detectives working the case think he really is the killer and refuse to let him go when he recants his confession.

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* In ''Bedlam'', Fillmore Press is a former psychotic killer who turned to ''solving'' grisly murders using his unique understanding of the criminally insane mind. To this end, he confesses to a string of serial killins killings because a) he feels the police won't listen to him unless they absolutely have to, and b) he thinks the real killer is just getting warmed up and has to be stopped as soon as possible. He helps along the investigation quite a bit, but the detectives working the case think he really is the killer and refuse to let him go when he recants his confession.



* In ''Film/CitizenX'', a mentally disabled man leads the police on a wild goose chase after they get him to "confess" that he was the killer. The police pretty much know the man isn't guilty, but the political leadership want a scapegoat, even after more bodies pile up.
* In ''Film Turk 182'' a whole crowd of people show up to confess that they are the titular graffiti artist, including Jimmy Lynch (who really is Turk 182). It is, in fact, Jimmy's disgust and derision at the false confessors that convinces a TV reporter that he is, in fact, actually Turk.

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* In ''Film/CitizenX'', a mentally disabled man leads the police on a wild goose chase after they get him to "confess" that he was the killer. The police pretty much know the man isn't guilty, but the political leadership want a scapegoat, {{scapegoat}}, even after more bodies pile up.
* In ''Film Turk 182'' ''Film/{{Turk 182}}'', a whole crowd of people show up to confess that they are the titular graffiti artist, including Jimmy Lynch (who really is Turk 182). It is, in fact, Jimmy's disgust and derision at the false confessors that convinces a TV reporter that he is, in fact, actually Turk.



* In ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' a person gives a confession for the "Mrs. X" murders, giving Charles the peace of mind to go through with his wedding to who he suspected was "Mrs. X". It turns out it was a false confession given by a mentally ill person, who also confessed to murdering UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.

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* In ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'', a person gives a confession for the "Mrs. X" murders, giving Charles the peace of mind to go through with his wedding to who he suspected was "Mrs. X". It turns out it was a false confession given by a mentally ill person, who also confessed to murdering UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.



* A mentally unstable grocery boy in ''Film/TheNakedCity'' confesses to have killed Jean Dexter but detective Muldoon convicts him of lying by asking details of the murder which the boy answers wrong.
* Sort-of done in ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' in a good example of why it's ''always'' a good idea to get a lawyer, even if you're innocent. After the boys are arrested, they assume it's because they accidentally shoplifted a can of tuna. In fact, they're suspected of murdering the store clerk ([[spoiler:it was a completely different pair of guys that happened to do it mere minutes after they leave and who happened to have a similar car color]]). One of them starts explaining the shoplifting, causing the sheriff to ask if that's why they shot the clerk. Cue the kid's confused half-question-half-statement "I shot the clerk?" which he repeats several times, trying to wrap his head around the idea. The sheriff takes it as a confession and later testifies to that effect in court. Notably, the kid doesn't sign a written confession, but his utterance is treated as one. [[spoiler: The sheriff later admits he misinterpreted it after the real killers turn up in another state though.]]

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* A mentally unstable grocery boy in ''Film/TheNakedCity'' confesses to have killed Jean Dexter Dexter, but detective Muldoon convicts him of lying by asking details of the murder which the boy answers wrong.
* Sort-of done in ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' in a good example of why it's ''always'' a good idea to get a lawyer, even if you're innocent. After the boys are arrested, they assume it's because they accidentally shoplifted a can of tuna. In fact, they're suspected of murdering the store clerk ([[spoiler:it was a completely different pair of guys that happened to do it mere minutes after they leave and who happened to have a similar car color]]). One of them starts explaining the shoplifting, causing the sheriff to ask if that's why they shot the clerk. Cue the kid's confused half-question-half-statement "I shot the clerk?" which he repeats several times, trying to wrap his head around the idea. The sheriff takes it as a confession and later testifies to that effect in court. Notably, the kid doesn't sign a written confession, but his utterance is treated as one. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The sheriff later admits he misinterpreted it after the real killers turn up in another state state, though.]]



* In ''Literature/PurpleHibiscus'', Jaja gives one of these to protect [[spoiler: his mother, who has just killed her [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] [[AbusiveParents husband]].]]

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* In ''Literature/PurpleHibiscus'', Jaja gives one of these to protect [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his mother, who has just killed her [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] [[AbusiveParents husband]].]]husband]]]].



* ''Literature/TowardsZero'' opens with Superintendent Battle's daughter getting into trouble after she confesses to stealing. When the Superintendent sees her, he realises that she didn't commit the crime, but was pressured to confess when her headmistress publicly insinuate that she was guilty.

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* ''Literature/TowardsZero'' opens with Superintendent Battle's daughter getting into trouble after she confesses to stealing. When the Superintendent sees her, he realises that she didn't commit the crime, but was pressured to confess when her headmistress publicly insinuate insinuated that she was guilty.



** Tyrion subverts this twice by claiming he wishes to confess only to launch into a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech against his accusers.

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** Tyrion subverts this twice by claiming he wishes to confess confess, only to launch into a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech against his accusers.



** Another episode has Monk investigating the murder of an immigrant cab driver and start dating a woman of the same nationality. After a crucial piece of evidence is uncovered, the woman confesses, but Monk is not entirely convinced she did it. [[spoiler: It turns out she was covering for her mother who recognized the cab driver as a war criminal and killed him for his crimes. The judicial system is sympathetic enough to grant the woman a reduced sentence, but just getting her arrested is enough for the daughter to break up with Monk.]]
* This is a major part in the Lily Kane murder mystery in the first season of ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Disgruntled former Kane Software employee Abel Koontz confesses to the murder of Lily Kane, but in reality [[spoiler: the Kanes agreed to pay for his daughter's future so that he would take the fall (He's dying from a disease, so he doesn't particularly care what happens to him), because they believe that their son Duncan killed Lily in an epileptic fit.]] Because of his confession, Sheriff Lamb ends the investigation, saying they found the killer, causing Veronica and her disgraced-Sheriff-now-PI father to investigate it themselves.

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** Another episode has Monk investigating the murder of an immigrant cab driver and start dating a woman of the same nationality. After a crucial piece of evidence is uncovered, the woman confesses, but Monk is not entirely convinced she did it. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out she was covering for her mother mother, who recognized the cab driver as a war criminal and killed him for his crimes. The judicial system is sympathetic enough to grant the woman a reduced sentence, but just getting her arrested is enough for the daughter to break up with Monk.]]
* This is a major part in the Lily Kane murder mystery in the first season of ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Disgruntled former Kane Software employee Abel Koontz confesses to the murder of Lily Kane, but in reality [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Kanes agreed to pay for his daughter's future so that he would take the fall (He's (he's dying from a disease, so he doesn't particularly care what happens to him), because they believe that their son Duncan killed Lily in an epileptic fit.]] fit]]. Because of his confession, Sheriff Lamb ends the investigation, saying they found the killer, causing Veronica and her disgraced-Sheriff-now-PI father to investigate it themselves.



* A ''Series/CSINewYork'' episode featured the case of a man walking into a police station confessing to have murdered a doctor, carrying the revolver used to kill her as proof and gunshot residue on his clothes. Turns out it was his wife that killed her. The man has a terminal illness and the couple [[AssholeVictim was swindled by the doctor into spending all their money in a non- working treatment]], causing the wife to kill her in a rage, leading the guy to discharge the gun someplace else to incriminate himself. [[TearJerker The episode ends with the man pleading to Stella that she arrest him instead seeing as he is about to die anyway, only for her to tell him she can't]].
* An episode of ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'' had a guy being arrested after confessing to the crime the team was investigating. When he is interrogated he confesses to the crime...along with several others...and starting WWII...

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* A ''Series/CSINewYork'' episode featured the case of a man walking into a police station confessing to have murdered a doctor, carrying the revolver used to kill her as proof and gunshot residue on his clothes. Turns out it was his wife that killed her. The man has a terminal illness and the couple [[AssholeVictim was swindled by the doctor into spending all their money in a non- working non-working treatment]], causing the wife to kill her in a rage, leading the guy to discharge the gun someplace else to incriminate himself. [[TearJerker The episode ends with the man pleading to Stella that she arrest him instead seeing as he is about to die anyway, only for her to tell him she can't]].
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* An episode of ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'' had a guy being arrested after confessing to the crime the team was investigating. When he is interrogated interrogated, he confesses to the crime...along with several others...and starting WWII...



* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'' a woman confesses to killing a man in a hotel room. She knows details of the crime that only the killer would know but does not know why she did it. The detectives cannot find any connection between her an the victim and then find out that she was somewhere else when the crime occurred and that there are witnesses who will confirm that. Then a man comes in and confesses to the same crime. He tells pretty much the same story and the detectives discover that he also could not have done the crime. When a third person comes in to confess to the murder, the detectives don't even bother to interrogate him properly since they know by then that the memories are false. [[spoiler:The murder victim was an actor who starred in videos used in an experimental treatment method. The people who confessed were test subjects and as part of the treatment they were made to play out a scene where they confront the source of their problems (as represented by the actor) and kill it. When the subjects started showing disturbing side effects, the researchers drugged them and induced EasyAmnesia in order to cover up what happened.]] The killer knew what happened to them and deliberately staged the murder to look exactly as the fake murder in their memories.

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* On ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ''Series/{{Castle}}'', a woman confesses to killing a man in a hotel room. She knows details of the crime that only the killer would know but does not know why she did it. The detectives cannot find any connection between her an and the victim and then find out that she was somewhere else when the crime occurred and that there are witnesses who will confirm that. Then a man comes in and confesses to the same crime. He tells pretty much the same story and the detectives discover that he also could not have done the crime. When a third person comes in to confess to the murder, the detectives don't even bother to interrogate him properly since they know by then that the memories are false. [[spoiler:The murder victim was an actor who starred in videos used in an experimental treatment method. The people who confessed were test subjects subjects, and as part of the treatment they were made to play out a scene where they confront the source of their problems (as represented by the actor) and kill it. When the subjects started showing disturbing side effects, the researchers drugged them and induced EasyAmnesia in order to cover up what happened.]] The killer knew what happened to them and deliberately staged the murder to look exactly as the fake murder in their memories.



** One episode has a confession by someone that he killed the victim of the week in a drunken stupor and then when he woke up properly he disposed of the body, cleaned up and went to get drunk. [[spoiler: The part about disposing of the body and cleaning up the crime scene was true, but he didn't kill the victim. He only ''thought'' he had, because when you wake up in a chair after drinking heavily, with a bloody knife in your hand and someone you hate lying dead on the floor it's a reasonable assumption to make. The real murderer had arranged it with the intent of using a false alibi to narrow the murder down to happen within a very limited period of time and then getting to the scene with a witness... but unfortunately the person to be framed had woken up from his induced alcoholic stupor ''before'' the limited time-frame was to start, and had been seen drinking at a bar at the supposed time of the murder, a fair distance from the scene of the murder.]]
** Another episode had someone confess to having shot and killed the victim of the week, with it quickly being established that the victim was already dead at the time of the shooting. [[spoiler: He ''did'' shoot the victim, but he was perfectly aware she was dead. The entire point was to establish an attempted murder to confess to to eliminate himself as a suspect for his earlier (impulsive) ''actual'' murder.]]
* ''{{Series/House}}'' had a pillar-of-the-community PatientOfTheWeek who confessed a series of petty personal crimes to the well-wishers who' gathered, and accused himself of ever-worse activities, like sleeping with a teenager or murdering his business partner. The team learn the partner committed suicide and manage to show the wife that he's making a lot of it up (Chase casually mentions he can't find his spare shoes, and the guy confesses immediately). [[spoiler:It turns out that he ''did'' sleep with the teenager, though they don't tell her.]]

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** One episode has a confession by someone that he killed the victim of the week in a drunken stupor and then when he woke up properly he disposed of the body, cleaned up up, and went to get drunk. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The part about disposing of the body and cleaning up the crime scene was true, but he didn't kill the victim. He only ''thought'' he had, because when you wake up in a chair after drinking heavily, with a bloody knife in your hand and someone you hate lying dead on the floor floor, it's a reasonable assumption to make. The real murderer had arranged it with the intent of using a false alibi to narrow the murder down to happen within a very limited period of time and then getting to the scene with a witness... but unfortunately the person to be framed had woken up from his induced alcoholic stupor ''before'' the limited time-frame was to start, and had been seen drinking at a bar at the supposed time of the murder, a fair distance from the scene of the murder.]]
** Another episode had someone confess to having shot and killed the victim of the week, with it quickly being established that the victim was already dead at the time of the shooting. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ''did'' shoot the victim, but he was perfectly aware she was dead. The entire point was to establish an attempted murder to confess to to eliminate himself as a suspect for his earlier (impulsive) ''actual'' murder.]]
* ''{{Series/House}}'' had a pillar-of-the-community PatientOfTheWeek who confessed a series of petty personal crimes to the well-wishers who' who gathered, and accused himself of ever-worse activities, like sleeping with a teenager or murdering his business partner. The team learn the partner committed suicide and manage to show the wife that he's making a lot of it up (Chase casually mentions he can't find his spare shoes, and the guy confesses immediately). [[spoiler:It turns out that he ''did'' sleep with the teenager, though they don't tell her.]]



** Another episode has a man confess to stabbing the victim with a screwdriver, but Jessica quickly determines that the victim was already dead at the time, making the man guilty only of ''attempted'' murder. Later, however, she deduces that the confessor actually knew that the victim was already dead at the time [[spoiler: because he had strangled him earlier, and committed and confessed to the "stabbing" murder, knowing that a coroner would figure it out, to throw off suspicion]].

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** Another episode has a man confess to stabbing the victim with a screwdriver, but Jessica quickly determines that the victim was already dead at the time, making the man guilty only of ''attempted'' murder. Later, however, she deduces that the confessor actually knew that the victim was already dead at the time [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because he had strangled him earlier, and committed and confessed to the "stabbing" murder, knowing that a coroner would figure it out, to throw off suspicion]].



* Games Magazine once ran a puzzle called Untrue Confessions, where Dr. Fred Shrynker, who worked at an insane asylum, was murdered by one of his patients--however, he headed the ward for Persons Suffering from the Delusion that They Are Murderers--and eight patients have confessed. Your task was to study the scene of the crime and then determine which of the following confessions ''isn't'' false:

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* Games Magazine once ran a puzzle called Untrue Confessions, where Dr. Fred Shrynker, who worked at an insane asylum, was murdered by one of his patients--however, patients -- however, he headed the ward for Persons Suffering from the Delusion that They Are Murderers--and Murderers -- and eight patients have confessed. Your task was to study the scene of the crime and then determine which of the following confessions ''isn't'' false:
30th Jul '17 11:10:26 PM Fireblood
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* Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering over ''3,000'' people in the southern United States with his partner in crime Otis Toole. While it is agreed he did murder one couple, Lucas began confessing to many other murders as well (likely for better treatment, as he had been roughed up by other inmates in jail). Police began giving him more cold case files of murders, which he duly confessed to, but without showing any verifiable knowledge. In some, it was shown he was many miles away at the time, or had rock-solid alibis. Aside from this, his murder spree would have required going across thousands of miles in one month. Though convicted of ''157'' murders on the basis of his confessions, all but 11 would later be overturned. His death sentence for the murder of one unidentified woman was commuted (notably by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, one of the only times he did this) and Lucas died in prison. Some investigators believe that he ''might'' have killed around 40 people along with Toole. As the latter had offered statements to corroborate Lucas's, doubt has been raised over Toole's guilt in many murders also. One murder he confessed to was that of 6-year old Adam Walsh, which inspired his father to create ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'', but later recanted. The case was closed in 2008 with authorities officially stating they believed Toole did it. Nonetheless, this shows the danger of false confessions, as hundreds of cases have been closed even though Lucas and Toole are likely not the real perpetrators, who are no longer even being sought.

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* Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering over ''3,000'' people in the southern United States with his partner in crime Otis Toole. While it is agreed he did murder one couple, Lucas began confessing to many other murders as well (likely for better treatment, as he had been roughed up by other inmates in jail). Police began giving him more cold case files of murders, which he duly confessed to, but without showing any verifiable knowledge. In some, it was shown he was many miles away at the time, or had rock-solid alibis. Aside from this, his murder spree would have required going across thousands of miles in one month. Though convicted of ''157'' murders on the basis of his confessions, all but 11 would later be overturned. His death sentence for the murder of one unidentified woman was commuted (notably by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, one of the only times he did this) and Lucas died in prison. Some investigators believe that he ''might'' have killed around 40 people along with Toole. As the latter had offered statements to corroborate Lucas's, doubt has been raised over Toole's guilt in many murders also. One murder he confessed to was that of 6-year old Adam Walsh, which inspired his father to create ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'', but later recanted. The case was closed in 2008 with the authorities officially stating they believed Toole did it. Nonetheless, this shows the danger of false confessions, as hundreds of cases have been closed even though Lucas and Toole are likely not the real perpetrators, who are no longer even being sought.
30th Jul '17 11:09:57 PM Fireblood
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* Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering over ''3,000'' people in the southern United States with his partner in crime Otis Toole. While it is agreed he did murder one couple, Lucas began confessing to many other murders as well (likely for better treatment, as he had been roughed up by other inmates in jail). Police began giving him more cold case files of murders, which he duly confessed to, but without showing any verifiable knowledge. In some, it was later he had been miles away at the times, or had rock-solid alibis. Aside from this, his murder spree would have required going across thousands of miles in one month. Though convicted of ''157'' murders on the basis of his confessions, all but 11 would later be overturned. His death sentence for the murder of one unidentified woman was commuted (notably by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, one of the only times he did this) and Lucas died in prison. Some investigators believe that he ''might'' have killed around 40 people along with Toole. As the latter had offered statements to corroborate Lucas's, doubt has been raised over Toole's guilt in many murders also. One murder he confessed to was that of 6-year old Adam Walsh, which inspired his father to create ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'', but later recanted. The case was closed in 2008 with authorities officially stating they believed Toole did it. Nonetheless, this shows the danger of false confessions, as hundreds of cases have been closed even though Lucas and Toole are likely not the real perpetrators, who are no longer even being sought.

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* Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering over ''3,000'' people in the southern United States with his partner in crime Otis Toole. While it is agreed he did murder one couple, Lucas began confessing to many other murders as well (likely for better treatment, as he had been roughed up by other inmates in jail). Police began giving him more cold case files of murders, which he duly confessed to, but without showing any verifiable knowledge. In some, it was later shown he had been was many miles away at the times, time, or had rock-solid alibis. Aside from this, his murder spree would have required going across thousands of miles in one month. Though convicted of ''157'' murders on the basis of his confessions, all but 11 would later be overturned. His death sentence for the murder of one unidentified woman was commuted (notably by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, one of the only times he did this) and Lucas died in prison. Some investigators believe that he ''might'' have killed around 40 people along with Toole. As the latter had offered statements to corroborate Lucas's, doubt has been raised over Toole's guilt in many murders also. One murder he confessed to was that of 6-year old Adam Walsh, which inspired his father to create ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'', but later recanted. The case was closed in 2008 with authorities officially stating they believed Toole did it. Nonetheless, this shows the danger of false confessions, as hundreds of cases have been closed even though Lucas and Toole are likely not the real perpetrators, who are no longer even being sought.
30th Jul '17 11:06:23 PM Fireblood
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* Henry Lee Lucas confessed to murdering over ''3,000'' people in the southern United States with his partner in crime Otis Toole. While it is agreed he did murder one couple, Lucas began confessing to many other murders as well (likely for better treatment, as he had been roughed up by other inmates in jail). Police began giving him more cold case files of murders, which he duly confessed to, but without showing any verifiable knowledge. In some, it was later he had been miles away at the times, or had rock-solid alibis. Aside from this, his murder spree would have required going across thousands of miles in one month. Though convicted of ''157'' murders on the basis of his confessions, all but 11 would later be overturned. His death sentence for the murder of one unidentified woman was commuted (notably by UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, one of the only times he did this) and Lucas died in prison. Some investigators believe that he ''might'' have killed around 40 people along with Toole. As the latter had offered statements to corroborate Lucas's, doubt has been raised over Toole's guilt in many murders also. One murder he confessed to was that of 6-year old Adam Walsh, which inspired his father to create ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'', but later recanted. The case was closed in 2008 with authorities officially stating they believed Toole did it. Nonetheless, this shows the danger of false confessions, as hundreds of cases have been closed even though Lucas and Toole are likely not the real perpetrators, who are no longer even being sought.
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