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19th Jan '17 3:52:56 PM eroock
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* 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.
15th Jan '17 2:21:40 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Ned Stark makes one to save his daughter Sansa.
** Tyrion subverts this twice by claiming he wishes to confess only to launch into a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech against his accusers.
11th Nov '16 8:02:42 PM Dimensio
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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 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]].
11th Nov '16 3:57:40 PM Dimensio
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* An early episode of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' does this. A woman confesses to shooting her father before he feel overboard while at sea. Later, when his body washes ashore with two gunshot wounds to his chest she claims to have fabricated the story as part of a plan to help her father fake his death. The established time of death and the mismatch of the bullets in his body with her gun seems to support her claim, as does Jessica having met the man ''after'' he had been "lost" at sea. [[spoiler: In a twist, the daughter actually ''had'' murdered her father, and was hoping that her easily disproved false confession would create the impression that she was being framed and eliminate her as a suspect.]]
27th Oct '16 12:21:20 PM Chabal2
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* ''{{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.]]
15th Aug '16 8:46:50 AM BKelly95
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* Subverted on an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', where a woman repeatedly comes into the police station to confess to "crimes" such as murdering her roommate's gerbil. It turns out she was searching each of the interrogation rooms in turn trying to find a diamond that had been hidden under one of the tables.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'':
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Subverted on an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', where a woman repeatedly comes into the police station to confess to "crimes" such as murdering her roommate's gerbil. It turns out she was searching each of the interrogation rooms in turn trying to find a diamond that had been hidden under one of the tables.tables.
** 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.]]
10th Aug '16 11:06:39 PM nowaymanguy
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** Done in ''Dual Destinies'' as well, but this time it's not just one false confession, but ''three'' of them, back-to-back. One of which is from [[spoiler:Juniper Woods]], the defendant, and the other two are from the two witnesses in the trial (as well as friends of the defendant), [[spoiler:Hugh O'Connor and Robin Newman]]. It turns out that [[spoiler:All three confessions are in fact false, and occurred one after the other in a domino effect. Robin "confessed" to save Juniper from getting convicted, causing Juniper to "confess" so her friends can't take the rap for her any-more, which in turn causes Hugh to "confess" to nullify Juniper's confession]].

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** Done in ''Dual Destinies'' as well, but this time it's not just one false confession, but ''three'' of them, back-to-back. One of which is from [[spoiler:Juniper Woods]], the defendant, and the other two are from the two witnesses in the trial (as well as friends of the defendant), [[spoiler:Hugh O'Connor and Robin Newman]]. It turns out that [[spoiler:All three confessions are in fact false, and occurred one after the other in a domino effect. Robin "confessed" to save Juniper from getting convicted, causing Juniper to "confess" so her friends can't take the rap for her any-more, which in turn causes Hugh to "confess" to nullify Juniper's confession]].confession. Hugh's confession is also partly out of self-protection too: Since Robin and Juniper's confessions were rather obviously out of protection for one another rather then due to their actual guilt, Hugh, the only other suspect at the time, would have seemed pretty guilty if he stayed quiet. In other words he actually ''confessed to make himself NOT look like the culprit'']].
13th Jul '16 10:15:22 PM Adept
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* Happens in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''.
* Inverted in a murder case in an episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. The arrest was a ploy to get the killer to think he was no longer a suspect so he would retrieve the murder weapon he had hidden (that no one else knew about) and get caught red handed.

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* %%* Happens in ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''.
* Inverted in a murder case in an episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. The arrest was a ploy to get the killer to think he was no longer a suspect so he would retrieve the murder weapon he had hidden (that no one else knew about) and get caught red handed.

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13th Jul '16 10:14:28 PM Adept
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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 that she was guilty.
27th Jun '16 2:14:05 AM catmuto
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* In ''Literature/TheConfession'', Donté Drumm eventually records a confession of having committed Nicole Yarber's murder. But this occurs after having been bullied by the cops for 15 hours straight and broken. Donté is innocent.
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