False Confessions: Fact or Fiction?
July 22, 2010
Hosted by Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
Do people really confess to crimes they don’t commit? Why would an innocent person incriminate himself and accept responsibility for breaking the law? What is it like to be falsely accused? And, w/hat would you do if you were the suspect? Fifteen-year-old Jacksonville, Florida’s Brenton Butler knows. Brenton was arrested for murder and confessed to the crime. His case was chronicled in the award-winning documentary, “Murder on a Sunday Morning.” Hear Brenton’s attorney Patrick McGuinness and private investigator Brian McGuinness talk about Benton’s case and their experience with confessions and police interrogations. False confessions and police interrogation expert Dr. Richard Leo, author of the multiple award-winning book, Police Interrogation and American Justice, has examined the practice and structure of police interrogation and will provide enlightening details about this fascinating phenomenon when an innocent person confesses to a crime.
Thursday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
PI’s Declassified! lets you listen in as authentic private investigators discuss their real-life cases.
Every week, private detectives spill the beans, -- discussing investigator specialties that you wouldn’t even imagine exist!
You’ll hear stories about lies and false confessions… tracking down missing persons… forensics… workplace violence… innocent people freed from prison… human trafficking… and other tantalizing cases.
Tune in to PI’s Declassified! every Thursday at 9 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
Francie Koehler, CPI, CCDI
Francie Koehler’s career as a licensed private investigator includes cases that have sparked media projects. "Unsolved Mysteries" portrayed one of her missing person cases. British author Val McDermid featured her capital case in "A Suitable Job for A Woman" and true crime writer Ann Rule chronicled a case she investigated involving a missing nightclub owner entitled "In The Name Of Love." Francie drew on her investigative and retail experience to create the 3-part video, "Loss Prevention - The Big Picture." International results included an invitation to Moscow, where she spoke to Russian nationals interested in privatization. Francie is the former two-term president of both the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) and the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). Awarded by each organization for her work, she serves as Legislative Chair for both and regularly testifies before the California State Legislature regarding bills of concern to PI’s. Francie has been recognized by her state regulatory agency for outstanding service to her profession. In addition, she holds memberships in the Council for International Investigators, National Association of Legal Investigators, World Association of Detectives, and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Francie also works with the Innocence Project and holds certifications as a Conflict Mediator, Legal Investigator, Professional Investigator and Criminal Defense Investigator.