The Confessions

The Confessions

SBS  |  July 26, 2011

In August 2009, Virginia governor Tom Kaine granted conditional pardons to four Navy men who had served 12 years in prison for a Norfolk rape and murder. The evidence and DNA all pointed to a single assailant, Omar Ballard, who didn't know these sailors. He confessed two years after the crime in a letter from prison. But by then these four sailors had already confessed. What happened in the interrogation room to convince these innocent men to confess to this heinous crime?

In August 2009, Virginia governor Tom Kaine granted conditional pardons to four Navy men who had served 12 years in prison for a Norfolk rape and murder. The evidence and DNA all pointed to a single assailant, Omar Ballard, who didn't know these sailors. He confessed two years after the crime in a letter from prison. But by then these four sailors had already confessed. What happened in the interrogation room to convince these innocent men to confess to this heinous crime?

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