The Dangers of False Confessions and No Body Convictions: The Campden Wonder Case 1660

Posted by Barbara Etter APM on 29 March 2016 | 0 Comments

Came across a very interesting historical English case of "The Campden Wonder" where three people were hanged for murder in 1661 and the alleged victim subsequently turned up in 1662. See

The case also clearly highlights the dangers of false confessions, an issue which has received considerable attention since the release of Making a Murderer in the US. A very real question is why do innocent people confess (or plead guilty) to crimes. One obvious answer is duress or coercion by law enforcement but there appears to be a range of other reasons (including mental health issues) which I would like to research when time permits. Research into the cases of proven miscarriages of justice should prove enlightening in this regard.

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