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 http://www.cotswolds.info/strange-things/the-campden-wonder.shtml

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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