This one-hour Court TV documentary reconstructs the police investigation and forced confession of a 14-year-old boy charged with murdering his sister. Using tactics that are legal but highly manipulative, police questioned him without a lawyer or a parent present. Recording the interrogation on videotape, the police gradually broke Michael down until he said that he killed his sister. Because Michael's parents and public defender never believed his confession, they persisted with their own criminal investigation, one that led directly back to a mentally ill drifter, a suspect the police had dismissed a year earlier. This report raises fundamental questions about the tactics of police interrogators, even in situations where video cameras record the process and the questioning is allowed by law.

Jonathan Greene and Marc Wallace, producers; Carolyn Kresky, executive producer.

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