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  1. Forty-Year-Old Icelandic Murders Reveal Pitfalls of Human Memory

    The 1974 murders of two men near Reykjavik demonstrate how innocent people can end up confessing to crimes they didn’t commit. By the time the murder investigations ended, six people had confessed, even though they had no memory of it, and no physical evidence existed. A detective involved in the investigation is now using the diaries of the suspects, which show their initial protestations of innocence giving way to confessions, to convince authorities worldwide of how false-memory syndrome can result from isolation, crime re-enactments and aggressive police tactics, leading to false confessions.

    Source: BBC

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