Item Details

The Confessions [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn't commit? FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel (Innocence Lost, An Ordinary Crime) investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Virginia, woman in 1997. In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure police interrogation techniques, including the threat of the death penalty, sleep deprivation, and intimidation, that led each of the "Norfolk Four" to confess, despite any evidence linking them to the crime. All four sailors are now out of prison - one served his sentence and the other three were granted conditional pardons last summer - but the men were not exonerated as felons or sex offenders. The case raises disturbing questions about the actions of the police and prosecutors, who relied on the sailors' often contradictory confessions for their convictions and disregarded DNA evidence that pointed to a lone assailant who would later confess to the crime himself while serving prison time for another rape.
Release Date
2010
Run Time
90 min.
Language
English
Rating
10 & up
Viewer discretion is advised. This program contains graphic imagery and descriptions of sexual violence
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 08, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Frontline (Television program)
Contents
  • First Suspect (1:54)
  • Interrogation Begins (3:05)
  • Interrogation Escalates (3:04)
  • Amended False Confession (2:43)
  • Investigation Closed (1:39)
  • Search for an Accomplice (2:41)
  • Crime Scene Photos (3:15)
  • Signed Confession (3:07)
  • Possibility of Death Penalty (4:12)
  • Third Person Arrested (2:03)
  • Fourth Person Accused (2:18)
  • Fourth Person Interrogated and Arrested (3:29)
  • Death Penalty Threat (2:28)
  • Facing the Threat of Death (3:09)
  • Carefully Crafted Confession (2:10)
  • Six Men in Jail (3:39)
  • Preserving Convictions Despite Evidence (3:04)
  • Sexual Murder Statistics (3:09)
  • Prosecution Moves Forward (2:06)
  • Prosecution's New Theory (2:37)
  • Unbelievable Story (2:54)
  • Sexual Assault Testimony (2:36)
  • Audio Confession Overrides Physical Evidence (3:04)
  • Truth About Bosco Murder (2:49)
  • "Norfolk Four" (2:03)
  • Registered Sex Offender (2:52)
  • Moving Forward (2:39)
  • Appeal Process (2:43)
  • Case Updates (2:02)
  • Credits: The Confessions (1:40)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2010.
Publisher no.
56058 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (90 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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