After 15 years on death row, Damon A. Thibodeaux is released

As if Louisiana detectives took their cues from the the extensive literature on how not to conduct an interrogation: “Only 54 minutes were recorded out of the entire 8 ½ hour interrogation [of Damon A. Thibodeaux]. This confession was inconsistent with the crime in numerous details. After learning from detectives that the victim had been strangled, Thibodeaux confessed to using a white or gray speaker wire from his car. Thibodeaux was fed non-public details about the crime, but here he guessed incorrectly. He couldn’t have known about the red electrical cord, which had been burned off a section of cord found hanging from the tree above her body.”