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How to tell if a confession is real or false in a crime investigation

Updated on April 18, 2012
Why give a false confession in a police investigation?
Why give a false confession in a police investigation?

10 ways for you to tell if a person who confessed really is telling the truth in a crime investigation.

1st False confessions are viewed only in serious crimes or crimes that are organized by a criminal gang. It is so to speak, no idea to give a false confession for minor crimes such as shoplifting. One sees only false confessions in crimes that give thougher punishment.

2nd The false confessions always comes at a bad time. For example, the day of arrest to happen or even worse an hour or half hour before the arrest warrant will be filed. This is because the prosecutor will not have time to go through the structured recognition and to weigh the personal stories to each other.

3rd False confessions will be when a person sits firmly with the fingers in the cookie jar. There should be much evidence against the person who is already charged. No idea that false confessions will come when there is already a reasonable doubt and the accused therefore can escape punishment.

4th There is a likely a criminal that confess. It is more likely that criminals have made the crime than for example the pastor's unpunished son.

5th The recognition creates a likely reasonable doubt. The purpose of the false recognition is to throw in the spanner in the works. Sometimes it is not intended that the person with the new recognition will go there for the crime, but only to create doubt.

6th The person who gives the false testimonial gives a vague narrative or a story that disclose details.This is only logical. Since the person has been in place and experienced the events themselves (but only such as he had it told to him) so the person has a vague story, tell the person about the details and you can almost count on some details somewhere will go wrong.

How to tell if a confession is real during a police investigation
How to tell if a confession is real during a police investigation

7th Is there an explanation on how the person learned the details. This can for example be a person who is suspected but were released and therefore could talk about details to a third person (as for example, he learned of the interrogation), can also be as simple that the person is detained was calling an outsider.

8th It is always a younger person who recognizes. Are the people in an organized criminal organization, it's always a person of lower rank that comes with the false recognition. This point is also the most difficult for police to prove as they rarely have such good insight into the organizations.

9th The person who confess the crime has less to lose. The person who is charged is perhaps likely to be extradited to his homeland, the person who recognizes is a minor or is unpunished and therefore can get a lighter penalty.

10th There are clues of mistakes. Why does the person confess when there is another trial? Why does the person confessright now? What good is he to confess? These are examples of issues that third person often has trouble answering.


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