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Episode 22: Joshua Komisarjevsky confession

On Sunday, July 22, 2007, 48-year-old Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her 11-year-old daughter Michaela went to a local grocery store near their home in Cheshire, Connecticut, to pick up food for a pre-birthday that Michaela planned to prepare for her mother. During their trip to the grocery store, the two women attracted the attention of 27-year-old […]

Episode 11: Ted Bundy Confession

Five days before his execution for the murders of two sorority girls and a 12 year old girl, Ted Bundy said he wanted to speak with detectives from Washington, Colorado, and Utah to talk about the women he had killed there in those states. This is the confession he made to the officer from Utah. […]

Episode 10: Stephanie Lazarus Interrogation

51-year-old Stephanie Lazarus was a respected 26-year veteran of the L.A.P.D. who had worked her way up from an ordinary police officer to a specialist in high-profile art theft. On June 5, 2009, she was taken aside by two colleagues and led downstairs into an interrogation room, where she was told she was needed to […]

Episode 8: Philip Markoff Police Interrogation

Philip Markoff was a well-bred medical student at Boston University with no criminal record when he was arrested by police, who had evidence that he was the “Craigslist Killer.” In this interview, police present Markoff with security camera footage, cell phone activity, and email accounts as evidence that he committed the armed robbery and kidnapping […]

Episode 7: Megan McAllister Police Interview

Megan McAllister was the fiancee of Philip Markoff, sometimes known as the “Craigslist Killer,” who who was charged with the armed robbery and murder of Julissa Brisman in a Boston hotel room on April 14, 2009, as well as other armed robberies of escorts he met on Craiglist. Megan met Markoff when they were both […]

Episode 5: Russell Williams Interrogation, Part 3

By now, Detective Smyth has developed a rapport with Williams, using friendly and understanding conversation to create a non-threatening atmosphere. In the final section of the interrogation, Smyth asks Williams for details about other crimes he sexually-related offenses he’s committed, and continues to ask him where to find evidence of the crimes. Smyth tries to remain impartial […]

Episode 4: Russell Williams Interrogation, Part 2

In the second stage of the Reid interrogation technique, the goal is to make the suspect progressively more and more comfortable with acknowledging the truth about what they’ve done. Williams remains in denial at first, unable to believe the situation he’s found himself in, but as soon as he says, “Call me Russ,” Smyth knows […]

Episode 3: Russell Williams Interrogation, Part 1

Russell Williams was a 47-year -old married Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force whose sex crimes has increased in severity from peeping through windows, to stealing underwear, to forcible restraint, to sexual assault and murder. By February 7, 2010, when this interrogation took place, the Ontario police had enough evidence to place him at […]

Episode 2: George Huguely Police Interrogation

On May 3, 2010 22-year-old UVA student Yeardley Love was found unresponsive in her dormitory bedroom. She had been dating fellow student and lacrosse player George Huguely over the course of the last two years, but the couple had recently broken up. Huguely, who had been drinking, was the last person to see Love. That […]