An Oklahoma man's effort to leave the world with a clear conscience has left him facing a murder charge after his premature "deathbed" confession, the Independent reports. The man, believing he he was moments from death after suffering a stroke, called police from the hospital and confessed to killing a neighbor in Tennessee 32 years ago. He later recovered and surrendered to authorities.
"He wanted to cleanse his soul, because he thought he was going to the great beyond," said an investigator in Tennessee, where the man skipped bail on a first-degree murder charge in 1977.
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