It seems unthinkable that an innocent person would confess to a crime he or she did not commit, but not only does it happen, it is not that unusual. About 30% of DNA exonerations for wrongful convictions include false confessions. Of those cases involving people later found factually innocent of crimes to which they confessed, up to 80% were murder cases. Whether through exhaustion after hours of interrogation, youthful impressionability, fear of getting a harsher sentence if found guilty at trial, or diminished mental capacity, people DO confess to crimes they didn't commit, and studies show it happens more often--and more easily--than you might think.
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