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1

Who was the subject?

A 17 year old boy (FC)

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How many murders was he accused of?

2

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What other attributes did FC have?

Average intelligence, suffered from no mental illness, personality not obviously abnormal

4

What happened in1987?

Two elderly women were found dead. Their savings were missing and there was evidence of sexual assault

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What happened two days after the elderly women were found dead?

FC was arrested

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Why was FC arrested?

There were inconsistencies in his story, spending more money than usual and having suspicious movements

7

What was missing from the prosecution?

No forensic evidence and no solicitor

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What did FC do the next day after being in custody?

He repeated his statement in front of a solicitor and later wrote a statement incriminating himself from jail

9

What happened to FC after a year in jail?

He was released from jail and another man was found guilty

10

How long was the first police interview?

14 hours with breaks

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How many officers questioned FC in the first interview?

5

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What did FC deny in the first interview? What was he repeatedly accused of?

Being near the scene. Repeatedly accused of lying. Then agreed to being at the scene

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What did the police officers suggest about FC in the first interview?

He was sexually impotent. FC found this distressing

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Who was the second interview in front of?

A solicitor

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What did FC do in the second interview?

Retracted his statement

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Why did he confess again in the second interview?

He was put under pressure about his failure to have successful relationships with women

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How many interviews were there in total?

3

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Who was FC examined by in prison?

A psychiatrist

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What did the psychiatrist find no evidence of in the prison?

Mental illness

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What did FC score in the Gudjonsson suggestibility scale? What did this make him?

10. Abnormal

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What is the EPI?

Eyesenck's personality inventory

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What did FC come out as using the EPI?

A stable extrovert

23

What does a 'coerced compliant false confession' mean?

He gave into pressure during the interviews to escape the intolerable situation

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Who can a coerced compliant false confession happen to?

Anyone. Especially the mentally ill, handicapped or illiterate

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What did Gudjonsson aim to document a case of in 1990?

The false confession of a youth who was at the time, distressed and susceptible to interrogative pressure

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