Chapter Four. Finding False Confessions

  1. Ray Bull Professor2,
  2. Tim Valentine PhD member Scientific staff Professor of Psychology Fellow3 and
  3. Tom Williamson
  1. Peter J. van Koppen Professor president

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch4

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions

How to Cite

van Koppen, P. J. (2009) Finding False Confessions, in Handbook of Psychology of Investigative Interviewing: Current Developments and Future Directions (eds R. Bull, T. Valentine and T. Williamson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747599.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Leicester, England, UK

  2. 3

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Author Information

  1. Faculties of Law, Maastricht University and Free University Amsterdam, netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470512678

Online ISBN: 9780470747599

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Keywords:

  • finding false confessions;
  • confessions made under torture;
  • confession, in many ways a religious experience;
  • confessions, considered a holy part of proof;
  • psychological characteristics - suspects susceptible to false confessions;
  • personality characteristics - golden tool for identifying false confession;
  • situational characteristics and police methods - inducing false confessions;
  • content of confession and forms of knowledge;
  • intimate knowledge of crime - measures for veracity of a confession

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Confession made under torture

  • Psychological characteristics

  • Situational characteristics

  • Ceci n'est pas une confession

  • The content of the confession: on forms of knowledge

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgement

  • References