I viewed this Dateline episode The Killing at Poplar River 2 nights back and found it extremely intriguing.
The centerpieces of the case is a brow-beaten false confession of a 20 yr old man named
Barry Beach.Also including mistaken statements of witnesses and a gross mis-interpretation
of the crime scene evidence which led to his conviction and life sentence.The program thoroughly
discusses false confessions and how they happen.When Beach is interviewed by lester Holt, his
explanation is almost exactly that of Jessie Misskelley.
He is locked up and became just another guilty murderer in prison and basically forgotten about.
Over the years Beach began a writing campaign that begged people for help.Several of his letters
found their way to the Centurion Ministries, a group that takes on such cases.They accepted the case
and began their own investigation to find that every aspect of the confession and police investigation to be grossly inept.
The show also focuses on DNA exxonerations with very informative info on the steady progression
of the science and it's use in uncovering wrongful convictions.
I believe the prosecutor of the case went on to become governor of (state escapes me).
Please click the link above for a very interesting short synopsis of this case.A very special 2-hour Dateline, 'The Killing at Poplar River,' will air on NBC Friday, April 4, at 9 p.m. ET.
I am certain if many of you take the opportunity to view the program, you will find striking
similarities to what led to Jessie's confession, a tunnel visioned investigation and ultimately
to a wrongful conviction due to a highly skewed scenario presented to the jury that found