Talked Into Confessing
Documents and interviews reveal that homicide detectives extracted false confessions from four men. Keith Longtin said police concocted a confession to charge him with a murder he did not commit.
False Confessions -- Day 2
No Rest for Suspects
Detectives' marathon interrogations far exceed the norms. Corey Beale gave five statements over three days, the last of them a false confession he hoped would free him from the interrogation room.
False Confessions -- Day 3
Police Suspend Rules
Suspects and lawyers say detectives violate rights by refusing access to counsel during interrogation. Dennis Green said he confessed after being told, "You are not getting a phone call until I hear what I want to hear."
False Confessions -- Day 4
Tactics Taint Rulings
Have innocent people been jailed while killers remain free? Why haven't judges thrown out forced confessions? Billy Hall's killer left a trail of blood, but detectives overlooked it and pressured a janitor to confess.
Following the Series
Murder Suspect Acquitted In Retrial: Pr. George's Police Criticized for Tactics (Post, July 4, 2003)
Detective Denies Prompting Perjury: Pr. George's Witness Recants in Retrial (Post, July 3, 2003)
Md. Witness Says Police Told Him to Lie in Court: Suspect Being Retried In Pr. George's Slaying (Post, July 2, 2003)
Md. Court Overturns 3 Pr. George's Verdicts: Rulings Cite Prolonged Interrogations (Post, June 20, 2003)
Changes Urged in Taped Interrogation Bill: Backers Tell Md. House Panel Measure Is Too Narrow; Foes Say It's Too Broad (Post, Feb. 13, 2002)
Pr. George's Police to Videotape Interviews: Interrogation Tactics Have Been Criticized (Post, Feb. 1, 2002)
New Suspect In Case That Had False Confession (Post, Jan. 23, 2002)
Rapist Convicted in Md. Woman's Death: Prince George's Officials Had Charged Husband (Post, June 22, 2001)
2nd Trial Starts in Md. Killing; Husband Initially Was Charged: Convicted D.C. Rapist Accused in Laurel Woman's Slaying (Post, June 19, 2001)
Cameras Urged In Pr. George's: Bill Aimed at Police Abuses (Post, June 13, 2001)
Detectives Investigated False Confessions Prompt FBI Probe (Post, June 10, 2001)
FBI to Probe Pr. George's Interrogations: 3 Confessions Raise Civil Rights Questions (Post, June 8, 2001)
Pr. George's Prosecutor Targets Questioning: Police Must Provide Interrogation Notes (Post, June 7, 2001)
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