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Criminal Law, DNA, Evidence, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

3 New Episodes of the Söring Podcast, All Alternate Suspects Eliminated

I've have a bit of work recently, which explains the light posting. But the Small Town, Big Crime podcast by Virginia reporters Rachel Ryan, Jaclyn Piermarini, and Courteney Stuart just dropped three new episodes, and there's some exciting stuff in them. They episodes are called "Elizabeth", "The Love Story", and "The Other Suspects". There's even… Continue reading 3 New Episodes of the Söring Podcast, All Alternate Suspects Eliminated

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Self-Promotion, Social Media, True Crime

A Speech (in German) on Confessions

Sorry for the light posting recently. I've had some time-consuming projects, including preparing for this speech. I was invited by the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Düsseldorf to give a lecture on how confessions are handled from a legal perspective, as part of a lecture series on forensic linguistics. Here's a link, in case… Continue reading A Speech (in German) on Confessions

Comparative Law, Criminal Law, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

Things Söring’s Lawyers Definitely Did Not Do

Taking up a theme recently discussed on allmystery, let's look at Söring's stay in British prisons. When Jens Söring is asked why he confessed, he says it was to protect Elizabeth Haysom from the electric chair. This is usually enough for most journalists, who dutifully transcribe his story. Sometimes people dig a little deeper, though,… Continue reading Things Söring’s Lawyers Definitely Did Not Do

Criminal Law, Evidence, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

The Söring Story Switch as it Happened

As I pointed out in a previous post, Jens Söring has changed his story concerning his involvement in the Haysom murders at least four times, depending how you count it. The first story was that Jens Söring was Christopher Platt Noe, and had nothing to do with the Haysom murders. Detective Terry Wright quickly saw… Continue reading The Söring Story Switch as it Happened

Criminal Law, Evidence, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

A New, Slightly Less Misleading (But Still Misleading) Söring Documentary

I finished watching all four parts of the new ZDFInfo documentary on Jens Söring. It turned out to be more balanced than "Killing for Love", although it was hardly a neutral presentation of all the relevant facts. Who'd want to sit through that? The background of the documentary is pretty simple: Markus Vetter and Karin… Continue reading A New, Slightly Less Misleading (But Still Misleading) Söring Documentary