Criminal Law, Mental State, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering, True Crime

The ‘Voodoo’ Story and Söring’s Confessions

Doing some research in the press archives, I ran across several stories in the British press mentioning the "voodoo" allegations. I'd never actually been all that clear on what these were, but they were lurid indeed: "Blood was smeared in a triangle on the living room floor, furniture was turned to face north, the figure… Continue reading The ‘Voodoo’ Story and Söring’s Confessions

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

Dr. Andy Griffiths’ Complete Report on Jens Söring’s Interrogation, Part 2 of 2

And now to the report of Dr. Andy Griffiths itself. You can download the English original here. A German translation apparently prepared by one of Söring's supporters (not me) can be downloaded here. I will cite the report as GR (Griffiths Report). If I cite another source, I will make that clear. I informed Dr.… Continue reading Dr. Andy Griffiths’ Complete Report on Jens Söring’s Interrogation, Part 2 of 2

Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Education, Mental State, Miscarriages of Justice, Murder, Police and Prosecutors

Review of “The Judge and His Victim” on Miscarriages of Justice in Germany

Why, I've often asked myself on this blog and elsewhere, do German journalists travel the globe looking for miscarriages of justice both real and imagined, without giving a thought to simply visiting the nearest jail or court and seeing if there are any just around the corner? After all, Germans are more familiar with their… Continue reading Review of “The Judge and His Victim” on Miscarriages of Justice in Germany

Criminal Law, Mental State, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering

10 Söring Myths, Part 8: Why Söring Confessed (Diminished Capacity)

First, I have some delightful news: My big article about the case of Jens Söring for the FAZ was finally published earlier today. Of course, the article is in German, and it's behind a paywall, but this link may get you the full version for a certain amount of time. If you would like to… Continue reading 10 Söring Myths, Part 8: Why Söring Confessed (Diminished Capacity)

Criminal Law, Mental State, Murder, Police and Prosecutors, Soering

10 Söring Myths Part 3: Söring’s Confessions Conflict with the Crime Scene Evidence

Welcome to Part 3 in my series of Ten Söring Myths. These are intended as a teaser for a very long article (over 15,000 words) which will shortly appear in German in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The article discusses a 454-page report authored by retired Scotland Yard detective Terry Wright, which exhaustively analyzes claims made… Continue reading 10 Söring Myths Part 3: Söring’s Confessions Conflict with the Crime Scene Evidence