SIXTH HOUR: The Wrongful Conviction of Brendan Dassey

The Homicide Detective: A System of Adversaries

June 20, 2021

“I’ll be honest if somebody waives their Miranda rights, and we know how to get people to waive their Miranda rights – we know how to manipulate the hell out of them …” shares former homicide detective, author, reformer, and wrongful conviction expert James Trainum. “You could almost put pins under their fingernails and it’s [confession] still voluntary because of that paper that they sign,” he adds.

Joining the Sixth Hour, James Trainum author of How Police Generate Confessions: An Inside Look at the Interrogation Room, shares how his life as a homicide detective in Washington D.C. was transformed after eliciting a false confession from a suspect after a 16-hour interrogation - and informed and progressive insights on law enforcement, the Brendan Dassey case and modern interrogation practices in the United States.

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