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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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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.
17th Jun '16 4:13:12 PM Doug86
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Ludke Bruno Ludke]] confessed to killing over fifty women in WorldWarII Germany, but may not have committed any of the murders.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Ludke Bruno Ludke]] confessed to killing over fifty women in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Germany, but may not have committed any of the murders.
11th Jun '16 1:52:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheExorcist 3'' has a mention of when a serial killer was on the loose, and the police wanted to weed out false confessions. So they released a false detail of the crimes, and ''everyone'' who confessed gave that false detail.

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* ''Film/TheExorcist 3'' ''Film/TheExorcistIII'' has a mention of when a serial killer was on the loose, and the police wanted to weed out false confessions. So they released a false detail of the crimes, and ''everyone'' who confessed gave that false detail.
11th Jun '16 1:51:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* A Swedish man named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sture_Bergwall Sture Bergwall]] (or more famously in the media, Thomas Quick) once confessed to having committed over thirty murders while incarcerated att Säter mental hospital. He would later on get convicted for eight of the murders solely on the basis of his own confessions while undergoing recovered-memory therapy. Many years later, he confessed having made it all up, partly because he did not want to leave the hospital, partly because he wanted to please his doctors and get their friendship by being an interesting patient and partly because he was "rewarded" with strong medications when he confessed. Journalists later found out that the prosecution, the police, Bergwall's doctors and even the original defense attorney had systematicly withheld information from the courts showing that he lacked any detailed knowledge about the murders he confessed. The Swedish legal system ended up granting him re-trials and ultimately acquitting him on all charges, even if the prosecutor and some of the people originally involved in his case still insists on his guilt.

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* A Swedish man named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sture_Bergwall Sture Bergwall]] (or more famously in the media, Thomas Quick) once confessed to having committed over thirty murders while incarcerated att Säter mental hospital. He would later on get convicted for eight of the murders solely on the basis of his own confessions while undergoing recovered-memory therapy. Many years later, he confessed having made it all up, partly because he did not want to leave the hospital, partly because he wanted to please his doctors and get their friendship by being an interesting patient and partly because he was "rewarded" with strong medications when he confessed. Journalists later found out that the prosecution, the police, Bergwall's doctors and even the original defense attorney had systematicly withheld information from the courts showing that he lacked any detailed knowledge about the murders he confessed. The Swedish legal system ended up granting him re-trials and ultimately acquitting him on all charges, even if the prosecutor and some of the people originally involved in his case still insists on his guilt.


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11th Jun '16 12:13:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* The publicity version is parodied in ''TheLongDarkTeatimeOfTheSoul'', when a Heathrow check-in desk blows up:

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* The publicity version is parodied in ''TheLongDarkTeatimeOfTheSoul'', ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeatimeOfTheSoul'', when a Heathrow check-in desk blows up:



* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Storm of Swords]]'', Tyrion Lannister responds with an angry and contemptuous "Your son was a monster. Of course, I did it" when asked by his brother Jaime if he (Tyrion) poisoned Joffrey (Tyrion's nephew and Jaime's incestuously born son). Tyrion actually had nothing to do with the murder other than being the one who unwittingly gave Joffrey the poisoned wine. He was confessing in order to cause Jaime maximum pain, as Jaime had just admitted that Tyrion's first wife, Tysha, hadn't been the hired whore Tyrion had been told she was.

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* In ''[[ASongOfIceAndFire A Storm of Swords]]'', ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', Tyrion Lannister responds with an angry and contemptuous "Your son was a monster. Of course, I did it" when asked by his brother Jaime if he (Tyrion) poisoned Joffrey (Tyrion's nephew and Jaime's incestuously born son). Tyrion actually had nothing to do with the murder other than being the one who unwittingly gave Joffrey the poisoned wine. He was confessing in order to cause Jaime maximum pain, as Jaime had just admitted that Tyrion's first wife, Tysha, hadn't been the hired whore Tyrion had been told she was.



* In ''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.

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* In ''TheSimpsons''' ''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.
13th Apr '16 2:08:59 PM MasoTey
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* Inverted in a murder case in an episode of ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. The arrest was a ploy to get the killer to retrieve the murder weapon he hid (That no one else knew about) after the case is supposedly solved and get caught red handed.

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* 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 hid (That had hidden (that no one else knew about) after the case is supposedly solved and get caught red handed.



* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Night Owl and Silk Specter discuss a "supervillain" who would compulsively confess to all sorts of crimes because he [[FetishFuel wanted to be beaten up by a superhero]].

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', Night Owl and Silk Specter discuss a "supervillain" who would compulsively confess to all sorts of crimes because he [[FetishFuel [[MischiefForPunishment wanted to be beaten up by a superhero]].
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