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

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

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

The New “Killing for Love” Documentary: Analysis of a Scene

Episodes 3 and 4 of the new 4-part documentary on the Jens Söring case have just been released for press preview, and I've had a quick look at them. There's not much new here -- this is basically little more than an expanded version of Killing for Love, with extended interviews with figures such as… Continue reading The New “Killing for Love” Documentary: Analysis of a Scene

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

Elizabeth Haysom’s Changing Stories, Part II

Elizabeth Haysom testified against Jens Söring on June 13th and June 14th, 1990. Her testimony started out with a direct examination from Jim Updike, the District Attorney. Haysom tells the jury a little about her background, about her mixed feelings concerning her parents, meeting Jens Söring, about trying to manipulate him into leaving college, and… Continue reading Elizabeth Haysom’s Changing Stories, Part II