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Category Archives: Confessions

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New issues: Law and Human Behavior 34(5) Recidivism risk, psychopathy, informants, quality of forensic examiners and more Criminal Justice Matters 81(1) Articles on pre-crime, masculinity & violence, probation, secure envts & more Psychology, Crime & Law 16(8) Articles on execution, prisoners, rape myths, child abuse, eyewitness testimony New research articles: Murder–suicide: A [...]

Line-ups, eyewitness memory and camera perspective bias in videotaped confessions


Three articles of forensic interest in the June 2008 issue of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (Volume 14, Issue 2): Lineup composition, suspect position, and the sequential lineup advantage by Curt A. Carlson, Scott D. Gronlund and Steven E. Clark Forgetting the once-seen face: Estimating the strength of an eyewitness’s memory representation by Kenneth A. [...]

The type of interrogation likely to lead to false confessions


If you haven’t seen it already, head over to the BPS Research Digest blog where there’s a good summary of some interesting research on false confessions: [Jessica] Klaver’s team have used an elegant laboratory task to compare two types of interrogation technique and found that it is so-called ‘minimising’ questions and remarks – those that [...]

Quick links


Having neglected this blog somewhat in recent weeks I find myself now overwhelmed with interesting snippets from around the web and blogosphere. Here are just a few that caught my eye: The Eyewitness Reform Blog reports on a conviction “overturned for failure to “seriously consider” expert testimony on eyewitness factors”: “The court didn’t go as [...]

Faking bad on the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales


Julian Boon, Lynsey Gozna and Stephen Hall have a paper forthcoming in the journal Personality and Individual Differences exploring whether it’s possible to ‘fake bad’ on the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scales (GSS). These tests measure ‘Interrogative Suggestibility’ (IS), which is defined as “the extent to which, within a closed social interaction, people come to accept messages [...]

Shyness, suggestibility and aggressive driving


The journal Personality and Individual Differences covers wide range of interesting material and there’s usually one or two articles in each issue that have relevance to forensic issues, either directly or in directly. Here’s a selection from recent and forthcoming issues. In the September issue, Gisli Gudjonsson and colleagues report that individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity [...]

Conference Announcement: Interrogations & Confessions


Interrogations & Confessions: A Conference Exploring Research, Practice, and Policy will be held September 27-29, 2007 at the University of Texas at El Paso. Here’s how the organisers describe it: This two-and-a-half-day conference will provide a unique forum within which social scientists, legal scholars, law enforcement professionals, and clinicians might be brought together to critically [...]

The extraordinary tale of a possible miscarriage of justice


Last week (19 Aug) the New York Times Magazine carried an extraordinary tale of possible false confessions which is well worth checking out before it disappears into the NYT archive. Joseph Jesse Dick Jr. is currently incarcerated in Keen Mountain Correctional Center for rape and murder. He says he is innocent. Here’s how the author, [...]

New issue: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology 18(2)


The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology 18(2) is now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles. Contents include: ‘Just Say No’: A preliminary evaluation of a three-stage model of integrated treatment for substance use problems in conditions of medium security – Helen Miles; Lisa Dutheil; [...]

How a retired cop coaxed confessions from a serial killer


Fascinating and beautifully written story in today’s New York Times Magazine (29 April) by Chip Brown, describing how Charlie Hess, a retired FBI agent, ex-CIA operative and former polygrapher, persuaded incarcerated serial killer Robert Browne to give up details of his previously unsolved crimes. Before Hess got involved, Browne had been taunting detectives with cryptic [...]