Anatomy Of A Bad Confession

WBUR’s 2011 investigative series on the 2008 interrogation of a teenager by Worcester police.

Worcester Says Nga Truong’s Lawyer To Blame For Time She Spent Behind Bars

August 23, 2013
Worcester Police Sgt. Kevin Pageau, right, and Detective John Doherty, left, interrogate Nga Truong, 16, following the 2008 death of her baby boy. (WBUR screenshot)

BOSTON — The city says her lawyer took too long to prove her confession that she killed her son was coerced, a charge other lawyers say is unprecedented.

Worcester Responds To Nga Truong Lawsuit With ‘Unusual’ Argument

February 28, 2013

BOSTON — Nga Truong filed a suit against the city after spending three years in prison awaiting trial on charges brought on the basis of a confession a judge later said was coerced.

Lawsuit Filed In Thrown-Out Worcester Confession

December 04, 2012
Worcester Police Sgt. Kevin Pageau, right, and Det. John Doherty interrogate Nga Truong, 16, following the 2008 death of her baby boy. (WBUR screenshot)

BOSTON — Nga Truong, 21, is suing the city of Worcester after she spent almost three years in jail before being freed on a charge of murdering her toddler son.

Questions Remain In Coerced Worcester Confession

February 16, 2012

WORCESTER, Mass. — We follow-up on a coerced confession involving a 16-year-old girl charged with murdering her 13-month-old son. The Worcester Police Department has still not made an accounting.

Anatomy Of A Bad Confession, Part 2

December 08, 2011
Nga Truong, with lawyers Jeff Richards, left, and Ed Ryan, on Monday. Ryan has called Truong's 2008 interrogation by Worcester police "psychological torture." (Lisa Tobin/WBUR)

We continue our special report on a coerced murder confession by exploring how the case fell apart and what, if anything, has changed in the Worcester Police Department. We also speak with the now-out-of-jail Nga Truong.

Anatomy Of A Bad Confession, Part 1

December 07, 2011
Worcester Police Sgt. Kevin Pageau, right, and Detective John Doherty, left, interrogate Nga Truong, 16, following the 2008 death of her baby boy. (WBUR screenshot)

In 2008, two Worcester detectives spent two hours interrogating a 16-year-old girl whose baby son had just died, until they forced from her what was later judged a coerced confession of murder. We’ve obtained exclusive video of the confession.

Videos: Anatomy Of A Bad Confession

December 07, 2011

BOSTON — See exclusive interrogation videos from our special report. And watch as WBUR’s David Boeri reflects on the case.

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