“The Confessions”

FRONTLINE INVESTIGATES WHY FOUR NAVY SAILORS WOULD CONFESS TO A MURDER AND RAPE THEY DIDN’T COMMIT

From PBS:  Twenty-five-year-old Danial Williams, married for 11 days, was the first to be arrested for the rape and murder of Michelle Bosko. He tells FRONTLINE how he came to confess after 11 hours of interrogation: “Being in a small room, and you have a person sitting over across the table from you that’s getting in your face, yelling at you, calling you a liar, poking you in the chest with their finger, and then turns around and says, ‘Well, I can help you if you tell me the truth,'” Williams explains. “It went on and on and on throughout the night, with them calling me a liar, telling me I needed to tell the truth. And I kept telling them: ‘I am telling you the truth. I didn’t do it.’ I kept telling them over and over. … I should have stood my ground.”

Instead, Williams gave the Norfolk police detectives a confession. And when that confession proved inconsistent with the forensic evidence, detectives went back to him for an additional confession that better fit the facts. And Williams, once again, gave it to them.  He was later convicted, along with 3 others who had confessed.

Through the work of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, all of the men were released in 2009 and granted conditional pardons by the Governor of Virginia when it became clear that none of the men were involved in the horrific crime.

You can show your support for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the innocence movement by watching the broadcast with your friends and family.  PBS will broadcast “The Confessions” Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at 9 pm EST.  If you cannot watch the show as broadcast, you can watch the film on PBS any time at pbs.org.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, from 9 to 10:30 P.M. ET on PBS

www.pbs.org/frontline/the-confessions

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