The five men charged for the brutal beating and rape of a Central Park jogger in 1989 have been exonerated and will settle suit for $40 million.
Soon after they confessed in 1989, the boys recanted their statements saying the police pressured them to say they had committed the crime. All were convicted and served prison terms of up to 13 years. In 2002 a jailed serial rapist and murderer confessed to carrying out the crime, and his DNA matched the records. The “Central Park 5” brought a civil rights suit against the city of New York and are now settling for $40 million.
If you want to learn more about the psychology of false confessions listen to our interview with Doug Starr. Starr went undercover and was trained in two different kinds of interrogation techniques. He explains why so many people confess to crimes they didn’t commit.
Photo by James Estrin (Lawyers, in foreground, and the five defendants in the Central Park rape case of a female jogger waiting for the ruling in February 1990 in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.)