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The PBS program, “Frontline,” recently aired the first television interviews conducted with the “Norfolk Four” after their release from prison. The “Norfolk Four” were a group of men enlisted in the Navy at the time of the rape and murder of Michelle Bosko, on July 7, 1997. Despite the lack of any evidence linking the men to the crime, the “Four” were convicted based on their own confessions – confessions that were later found to be false. The interviews given by the “Four” detail the intensity of the tactics used in lengthy police interrogations, including threats and sleep deprivation. This program sheds light on why people confess to crimes they did not commit, and how police can become so dedicated to their theory of the crime that they will ignore all the evidence that points in another direction.

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