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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.
30th Jul '17 10:38:47 PM Fireblood
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* 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/{{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 Jimmy's disgust and derision at the false confessors that convinces a TV reporter that he is, in fact, actually Turk.



* ''Film/JustCause'': Blair Sullivan claims credits for the rape and brutal murder of a young girl, in exhange for the real killer, Bobby Ferguson, [[SelfMadeOrphan killing his parents]].

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* ''Film/JustCause'': Blair Sullivan claims credits for the rape and brutal murder of a young girl, in exhange exchange for the real killer, Bobby Ferguson, [[SelfMadeOrphan killing his parents]].



* 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 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.

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* 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, half-question-half-statement "I shot the clerk?..", 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.]]
11th Jul '17 3:55:07 PM LordInsane
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* One ''Series/DeathInParadise'' 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.]]

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* ''Series/DeathInParadise'':
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One ''Series/DeathInParadise'' 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.
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22nd Jun '17 12:42:42 PM nowaymanguy
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* During an episode of The Podcast/DrunkenPeasants Podcast, [[WebVideo/TheAmazingAtheist TJ]] makes a false confession to being the mastermind behind the Benghazi situation, out of desire to see the issue finally put to rest.



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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', this happens a few times, most of which are set up to make the player think they've won and unlocking different endings. First,[[spoiler:a creepy kid, Mitsuo Kubo,]] actually does commit one of the murders, but confesses to the others for attention. Then [[spoiler:Taro Namatame]] is convinced that [[spoiler:he's]] the one who killed people, and confesses. Finally, [[spoiler:Tohru Adachi]] actually was responsible for the murders, but still wasn't the final culprit. [[spoiler:He]] was being controlled by [[spoiler: Ameno-Sagiri]]. It doesn't stop there, because the true mastermind behind everything was [[spoiler:Izanami.]] If you fell into the trap of thinking any of these were the final culprit and stop there, too bad for you, you'll get anywhere from one of the good endings to the worst ending. Especially if you stop at the second guy. YouBastard.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' justifies naming the protagonist as him being forced to sign one of these after taking a bout of pre-interrogation PoliceBrutality; act smarmy to the agent pushing this upon you, and he threatens to break your legs [[ButThouMust before the game makes you sign]].

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* A variation is used in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Party of One": Pinkie Pie, suspecting her friends are hiding something from her, forces Spike to tell her ''exactly'' what she wants to hear: that they're avoiding her because they don't want to be friends anymore. In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', this happens case, it's obvious that isn't ''really'' the case, and a few times, most of which are set up stressed-out Spike is just parroting back her own words to make the player think they've won and unlocking different endings. First,[[spoiler:a creepy kid, Mitsuo Kubo,]] actually does commit one her stop pressuring him.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when Mr. Mackey is investigating which
of the murders, but confesses to boys crapped in the others for attention. Then [[spoiler:Taro Namatame]] is convinced that [[spoiler:he's]] the one who killed people, urinal, and thinks it's over when Clyde confesses. Finally, [[spoiler:Tohru Adachi]] actually was responsible for Then Clyde's parents arrive and inform him that he had a colostomy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" 2-parter, Smithers remembers stumbling drunkenly around town and shooting at someone
the murders, but still wasn't the final culprit. [[spoiler:He]] was being controlled by [[spoiler: Ameno-Sagiri]]. It doesn't stop there, because the true mastermind behind everything was [[spoiler:Izanami.]] If you fell into the trap of thinking any of these were the final culprit and stop there, too bad for you, you'll get anywhere from one night of the good endings crime. While in custody, he's exonerated by evidence that he was at home when Mr. Burns was shot. Smithers ''did'' shoot [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Jasper]] - but it was in his wooden leg.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' episode, a bunch of toys come to life in a warehouse and nearly kill several employees. A rising star toymaker admits responsibility, and is taken into custody, but it's later revealed to be a false confession. He confessed
to the worst ending. Especially if you stop at crime to cement his status as the second guy. YouBastard.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' justifies naming
greatest toymaker in the protagonist as him being forced to sign one of these after taking a bout of pre-interrogation PoliceBrutality; act smarmy to the agent pushing this upon you, and he threatens to break your legs [[ButThouMust before the game makes you sign]].
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* During an episode of The Podcast/DrunkenPeasants Podcast, [[WebVideo/TheAmazingAtheist TJ]] makes a false confession to being the mastermind behind the Benghazi situation, out of desire to see the issue finally put to rest.

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* A variation is used in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Party of One": Pinkie Pie, suspecting her friends are hiding something from her, forces Spike to tell her ''exactly'' what she wants to hear: that they're avoiding her because they don't want to be friends anymore. In this case, it's obvious that isn't ''really'' the case, and a stressed-out Spike is just parroting back her own words to make her stop pressuring him.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when Mr. Mackey is investigating which of the boys crapped in the urinal, and thinks it's over when Clyde confesses. Then Clyde's parents arrive and inform him that he had a colostomy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" 2-parter, Smithers remembers stumbling drunkenly around town and shooting at someone the night of the crime. While in custody, he's exonerated by evidence that he was at home when Mr. Burns was shot. Smithers ''did'' shoot [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Jasper]] - but it was in his wooden leg.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' episode, a bunch of toys come to life in a warehouse and nearly kill several employees. A rising star toymaker admits responsibility, and is taken into custody, but it's later revealed to be a false confession. He confessed to the crime to cement his status as the greatest toymaker in the world.

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7th Apr '17 6:19:48 AM CerotechOmega
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' justifies naming the protagonist as him being forced to sign one of these after taking a bout of pre-interrogation PoliceBrutality; act smarmy to the agent pushing this upon you, and he threatens to break your legs [[ButThouMust before the game makes you sign]].
3rd Apr '17 4:28:35 PM Sonofstranger
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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':

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*** [[spoiler:Hugh O'Connor does this ''again'' the next day when it starts seeming like Juniper would be found guilty]], even using InsaneTrollLogic to "prove" how he could have committed the crime. It's so ridiculous that Simon Blackquill [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leaves the courthouse to take a walk]] while Athena tears it apart.
** During the fifth case of ''Dual Destinies'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that Simon Blackquill did this during the UR-1 incident to try to keep the blame off of Athena, who would have been the prime suspect otherwise due to what he himself and Ponco had witnessed. Athena became a lawyer in the first place because she and Simon's sister (and a few others, like Edgeworth) were the only ones who believed that he was truly innocent.]]
17th Mar '17 6:06:39 AM ChronoLegion
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* Sort-of done in ''Film/MyCousinVinnie'' 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 confession and later testifies to that effect in court.

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* Sort-of done in ''Film/MyCousinVinnie'' ''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 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.
17th Mar '17 6:06:01 AM ChronoLegion
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* Sort-of done in ''Film/MyCousinVinnie'' 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 confession and later testifies to that effect in court.
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