SIXTH HOUR: The Wrongful Conviction of Brendan Dassey

The Confession: A Ghoulish Game of 20 Questions

June 28, 2020

We all have a breaking point. However, for 16-year-old Brendan Dassey, all that was needed was praise, feigned parental concern, and susceptibility to an interrogation technique used to elicit confessions from seasoned adult criminals. The mix was devastating for Brendan.  As the first false confession expert to testify on Brendan's behalf in 2010, Dr. Richard Leo joins the Sixth Hour to illustrate the errors inherent in the March 1st statement that formed the singular piece of evidence used by the state of Wisconsin to wrongfully convict Brendan Dassey.

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