Rethinking the False Confession Phenomenon Bradford Beyer
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Rethinking the False Confession Phenomenon

A Law Enforcement Perspective

Release Date: 06/20/2023


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Why would an innocent person ever confess to a crime they did not commit? Academia has conducted a great deal of research into this question and have routinely concluded that the actions of law enforcement officers and their interrogative tactics are largely responsible for these false confessions. Through the claims of academic researchers, expert witnesses, wrongful conviction advocates, defense attorneys, and even Hollywood producers, an ethos has been created which suggests that American law enforcement officers routinely overbear the will of criminal subjects and will stop at nothing in order to obtain a confession; even a false confession. This book finally brings balance to these flawed assertions by providing insights from real-world law enforcement officers who specialize in the field of criminal interrogation. This book also highlights the anti-law enforcement bias present within the academic community; the flawed and unrealistic research designs utilized to study the false confession phenomenon; and the rise of the lucrative false confession expert witness industry. In what can only be described as ‘apoplectic,’ academics have already equated the positions in this book to “arguing against the existence of climate change” and have pleaded that it “should never see the light of publication.” At last, a book has been written that reconsiders the false confession phenomenon from a law enforcement perspective and ultimately paints a drastically different picture of what takes place inside of America’s interrogation rooms. This book promises to offer a different take on what many so-called experts would have you believe about criminal interrogation; and it’s one they don’t want you to hear.

About This Author

Bradford J. Beyer has been employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 1996 and currently serves as a Special Agent in the Detroit Division of the FBI. He has also served as an FBI Polygraph Examiner since 2005 and an FBI Crisis Negotiator since 2015. He has an investigative background in White Collar Crime, Violent Crime, and Foreign Counterintelligence. Dr. Beyer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Certificate of Graduate Study in the Psychophysiological Detection of Deception, a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychophysiology, and a Doctorate in Psychology with a Forensic Specialization. Dr. Beyer is also a contributing faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Walden University and he has a research and instructional background in polygraph, interview and interrogation, false confessions, crisis negotiation, and a variety of forensic psychology and criminal justice topics.

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