Jessie’s (June 3, 1993) statement  (with audio - load and follow along): 


Jessie’s (June 3, 1993) statement after the time discrepancies in his original statement were found to be too severe to justify the issuance of a warrant:


Sheriff’s (February 1994) officers’ report of alleged statements Jessie made:

Jessie’s (February 1994) statement:


Jivepuppi’s excellent analysis:

Best page with ongoing discussions / information: West Memphis Three Friends Page



There are many well established indicators as to false confessions and factors have been pretty solidly developed that can lead one to objectively determine whether a statement is true.  To paraphrase -- on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being a true & reliable confession and 10 being a false confession, Jessie’s statements are an 11.


Wikipedia on false confessions: 

(Note – Wikipedia in and of itself is not a primary source and should not be cited as one.

It does, however, cite to proper and reliable sources)


False Confessions by Adults
False Confessions and the Jogger Case by Dr. Saul Kassin
Creating False Memories by Dr. Elizabeth Loftus
Untrue Confessions by Mark Hansen
The Suspect Confessed. Case Closed?
The False Confession - from Psychology Today
Anatomy of a False Confession
Northwestern Law - numerous links to more articles
False Confessions: Annotated Clinical Research
How to Get a False Confession in Ten Easy Steps
The Problem of False Confessions in the Post-DNA World


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