Parents' Guide to

The Confession Tapes

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Crime investigation docu has cursing, violent themes.

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Extremely important series.

This series i see is extremely important, as it exposes that you can't really trust anyone, and what bragging on things you did not do can get you. In the first 2 episodes we see these two troubled 19 year old boys who are suspected of killing the other boys family, now that's really though accusation, the boys act a little strange yes, but so does the police - They use "Mr big" method, in which they falsely act as mobsters who give the boys image of "hardcore killer/criminal" and then pressure the boys to tell them about "how did you kill those people, c'mon i know you did it, dont F**k with me just tell me" then of course the boys come up with (probably false) stories of how they did do it. I mean c'mon, you wouldn't believe how many false stories of other guys bragging about stuff that they probably did not do at all i have heard all my life, even without trying to pressure them. It is very important to expose that the police can use anything you say against you, even if its not true and they have manipulated you to say it themselves - I think it is wrong, i think conviction should be solely based in sole evidence and trustworthy witnesses, only confessions that can be taken seriously are those made in the court itself. Seriously, guys will (maybe even girls will?) come up with morbid tales just to impress people, i know it sounds silly, but it shouldn't land anybody in jail. Mr big is morally depraved and extremely corrupt method in my opinion. ( I don't know if it is allowed in my country Finland, but something like it probably is )

Is It Any Good?

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This disturbing and sometimes grim documentary raises questions about the way law enforcement uses specific tactics to extract information from suspects. Viewers get an in-depth look at how investigators extract information from people during each investigation, which ranges from detaining suspects and questioning them at a station to "befriending" a suspect while undercover to get them to talk. The legality of these processes is discussed, as is the impact each process has had on the prosecution's ability to convict the defendant.

It's hard to deny the tabloidish, somewhat exploitative aspect of the film, thanks to gory crime scene images and some short reenactments. But this doesn't take away from some of the larger questions it poses about how far investigators are willing to go to extract information or obtain a confession in an attempt to make an arrest and secure a conviction. Folks who like investigation-focused series will find The Confession Tapes worth watching.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 8, 2017
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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