Unbelievable and other Netflix shows and films about coerced confessions

Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix. Acquired via Netflix Media Center.
Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix. Acquired via Netflix Media Center. /
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The Confession Tapes via Netflix
The Confession Tapes via Netflix /

The Confession Tapes

Having already premiered its second season, The Confession Tapes is a true crime anthology that ambitiously covers not one, not two, but seven different cases where police coerced confessions out of suspects they were convinced committed these horrendous crimes. However, some weren’t crimes at all, but accidents which were called murder in the light of forced confessions and embarrassing lack of evidence.

Covering American crimes of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, The Confession Tapes features actual forced and involuntary confessions caught on recording. Though the scenes can be hard to watch, it’s a documentary that expertly forces law enforcement into the interrogation hot seat, questioning police tactics of making fake promises and utilizing underhanded psychological games to toy with the minds of individuals and make the innocent believe they are the criminals.

The most tragic part about this show is that the people being interrogated and held in the police stations and jail cells as suspects, are often concerned citizens or neighbors that thought they were doing the right thing by offering up what they knew to detectives. Unfortunately, the more they tell police and the more these family and friends want to help solve to crime, the more these people are looked at as suspects.