Tape Recorder

The controversy over taping interrogations was at the heart of aProPublica report last year. In it, we examined the murder case against 52-year-old disabled construction worker Pedro Hernandez. In 2012, Hernandez confessed to killing Etan Patz, a six-year-old boy who famously disappeared while walking to school in New York in 1979.
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Hernandez has since recanted his confession, and his lawyers have argued that Hernandez only made it because he is mentally ill, borderline intellectually disabled, and had been subjected to hours of unrecorded interrogation. The case is currently scheduled to go to trial this fall. -Joaquin Sapien

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a recanted confession.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when you are being taped? Do you act differently? Why or why not?

Art Prompt: Taped confession

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the tactics police use to get criminals to confess and how they have changed over time.

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