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Edgar Garrett presents another example of a false confession resulting from extreme interrogation and persuasion by the police. Garrett's 14 year old daughter, Michelle, was murdered.  After a 14-hour interrogation, Garrett confessed.  The police told him that witnesses placed him with his daughter shortly before her disappearance.  One of the officers suggested to Garrett that he could have blacked out and reminded Garrett that he had once struck Michelle while drinking.  Garrett, who had initially insisted that he hadn't seen Michelle before she disappeared, began to change his story and signed a confession.  However, his confession contradicted all the major facts of the case and the police lacked any additional evidence.  Garrett was acquitted by the jury. A partial excerpt from the transcript of his police interrogation is provided below:
 
Edgar Garrett presents another example of a false confession resulting from extreme interrogation and persuasion by the police. Garrett's 14 year old daughter, Michelle, was murdered.  After a 14-hour interrogation, Garrett confessed.  The police told him that witnesses placed him with his daughter shortly before her disappearance.  One of the officers suggested to Garrett that he could have blacked out and reminded Garrett that he had once struck Michelle while drinking.  Garrett, who had initially insisted that he hadn't seen Michelle before she disappeared, began to change his story and signed a confession.  However, his confession contradicted all the major facts of the case and the police lacked any additional evidence.  Garrett was acquitted by the jury. A partial excerpt from the transcript of his police interrogation is provided below:
  
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'''Garrett:''' I just don't remember if I went out, if I did talk to Michelle.... I can't remember fighting with Michelle on Sunday.
 
'''Garrett:''' I just don't remember if I went out, if I did talk to Michelle.... I can't remember fighting with Michelle on Sunday.

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