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Man Recants Testimony That Jailed 16-Year-Old for Life

David Bollinger says a detective threatened him with the death penalty

(Newser) - In 1989, 16-year-old Johnny Small was sentenced to life in prison; now age 42, he's still there. That might change, after a state witness whose testimony helped seal Small's conviction recanted his testimony on Monday. "I was forced to do something I didn’t want to and... More »

Cops: NY Woman Admitted Sabotaging Lover's Kayak

She was strangely calm after capsizing, officer testifies

(Newser) - The New York woman accused of murder in her fiance's kayaking death confessed to sabotage even before the body of Vincent Viafore was found, a police investigator testified at a pretrial hearing. Senior investigator Aniello Moscato told the hearing Monday that during a trip to lay a wreath for... More »

Old Friend: OJ Simpson Will Confess

To 'rid us of all the doubt'

(Newser) - OJ Simpson will confess to murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman—one of these days. At least that's what one of his former friends tells the New York Daily News . "I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy... More »

Trump Admits Using 'Barron' Alias

But still won't confess he was 'John Miller' in now-famous 1991 phone interview

(Newser) - Has the "mystery" of John Miller been solved? Perhaps, after a big night for Donald Trump on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, in which he agreed to debate Bernie Sanders and also copped to pulling out fake names in the past, though whether that includes the now-infamous Miller moniker is... More »

Burglars Confess to Save Innocent Man

'It was a case of honor among thieves,' says lawyer

(Newser) - Most burglars would be thrilled to know they got away with their crime. Not this pair: Police say Michael Dehal, 28, and Stephen Monaghan, 50, stole $87,500 worth of beauty products and equipment from a UK salon in June 2014. Though Monaghan was initially suspected, police eventually charged another... More »

Guy Calls Station About '82 Cold Case, Gets Arrested

Jose Ferreira confessed to cops about killing 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek in 1982

(Newser) - In 1982, 13-year-old Carrie Ann Jopek went missing in Milwaukee after she got suspended from school. Her body was found 17 months after she vanished, buried under a neighbor's porch, but the search for her killer eventually went cold, the AP reports. Now her mom, Carolyn Touisgnant, may finally... More »

Aging Mom Admits, 'I Killed That Baby'

Janice Summerfield, 77, says she smothered her infant boy in 1961

(Newser) - A 77-year-old Michigan mom has confessed to killing her baby boy 53 years ago, prompting a murder investigation and raising eyebrows about other deaths in the family, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports. Janice Summerfield, 77, apparently confessed to her daughter and a police detective before telling a reporter that she... More »

Walmart Texts Made Paranoid Killer Confess

He thought someone knew his secret after 17 years

(Newser) - Matthew Gibson killed a woman in Arizona 17 years ago and he would have gotten away with it ... if it wasn't for Walmart. The 55-year-old—who drove from North Carolina to Arizona to confess —told police that he thought somebody knew about the crime after he started receiving... More »

Odd Murder Confessions From '70s Second-Guessed

Suspects weren't sure whether they'd been involved

(Newser) - In the 1970s, six people confessed to killing two men in Iceland, apparently explaining the victims' mysterious 1974 disappearances and ending what the justice minister called "the nation's nightmare." But the suspects, who were all convicted—with one sentenced to life in prison—at first didn't... More »

Mom Confesses to Smothering Babies

Except for one that she says was stillborn

(Newser) - Megan Huntsman has confessed to strangling or smothering six of the seven dead babies found hidden in her garage , according to an affidavit released today. She says the seventh child was stillborn. The 39-year-old said she'd given birth to the children between 1996 and 2006. Each time she would... More »

Most Unusually, Pope Confesses in Public

Visits priest during St. Peter's service

(Newser) - At a service in St. Peter's Basilica yesterday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of confession—and, in a rare move for a pope, made his own confession in public. As he was being shown to an empty booth to hear others confess, he instead headed to a booth already... More »

Tsarnaev Friend's Murder Confession Revealed?

Photo purports to show fateful legal pad

(Newser) - A Florida prosecutor and the Department of Justice each issued reports yesterday clearing agents of wrongdoing in the killing of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's pal Ibragim Todashev, and revealing new details about the incident. One such detail: At one point, Todashev wrote out a confession. The Florida report contains a comically... More »

Lance Armstrong Might Admit Doping

Reports say he's considering a confession to reduce lifetime ban

(Newser) - Lance Armstrong has spent the last decade swearing up and down that he never, ever, used drugs to boost his performance, even as the evidence mounted and he got stripped of his titles and glory. Now, he might just fess up, reports the New York Times and Wall Street Journal... More »

Bo Xilai's Wife Confesses: Report

Gu Kailai cites mental breakdown: state media

(Newser) - Near the end of her seven-hour trial , Gu Kailai admitted killing British businessman Neil Heywood, Chinese state media say. The wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai apologized for what she called a "tragedy," saying the murder occurred during a "nervous breakdown," the BBC reports. She said... More »

Iranians 'Confess' to Killing Nuclear Scientists

Suspects describe their alleged training in Israel

(Newser) - Iranian state TV aired apparent confessions yesterday from more than a dozen suspects in the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists, but left their legal process unexplained, the Guardian reports. Among the 14 suspects, some re-enacted the murders on Tehran streets or described their training in Israel. "There was a... More »

Tulsa Shooters Confessed: Cops

Investigators still determining motive

(Newser) - Two men accused of killing three black pedestrians and injuring two others in Tulsa shootings have confessed to the crimes, according to authorities. Jake England, 19, said he shot two people, and Alvin Watts, 32, admitted to shooting three, say police. Investigators determined that one of England's victims and... More »

New on Mexican TV: Videotaped Confessions

Critics say made-for-TV interviews often coerced

(Newser) - Watched any Mexican TV lately? You may have seen the common ritual of law enforcement officers parading a "perp" before the news media—but now you can also watch his full videotaped confession. Or what authorities claim is his confession. "This is for the authorities, who want to... More »

Oprah's Goal: Score OJ Confession

'I am going to make that happen'

(Newser) - The Oprah Winfrey Show may be over, but there are still a few things its host wants to achieve. At the top of the list: a confession from OJ Simpson, she said in an interview on Thursday. “I have a dream of OJ Simpson confessing to me,” she... More »

Vatican: You Cannot Confess by iPhone

Penance requires a 'personal dialogue between penitents, their confessor'

(Newser) - So much for instant absolution: The Vatican today emphatically stressed that Catholics cannot confess by iPhone , one day after news of the "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" emerged, reports the AFP . "It is essential to understand that the rites of penance require a personal dialogue between penitents and... More »

Sinning Catholic? There's an App for That

...but you still have to go to a priest if you want absolution

(Newser) - Have something you need to confess? There’s an app for that. "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" has actually been sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the US, Reuters reports. The app will walk you through the process as well as offer you a “personalized examination of conscience,... More »

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