Edward Conlon was a detective with the New York City Police Department. A graduate of Harvard, he has published articles in The New Yorker and Harper’s and his work has been included in The Best American Essays. He is the author of a memoir, Blue Blood, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, A New York Times Notable Book, and a New York Times bestseller. His latest novel, The Policewomen's Bureau, will be published next year.

The West Memphis Three, the Norfolk Four, and yes, the Central Park Five: All were gruesome and horrible crimes, but did all involve false confessions?

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False Witnesses

The West Memphis Three, the Norfolk Four, and yes, the Central Park Five: All were gruesome and horrible crimes, but did all involve false confessions?

When three Mexican tourists were detained for taking photographs, former NYC cop Edward Conlon learned a lesson in innocence.

NYPD detective and author Edward Conlon shares the story of a drug-dealer bust that almost went wrong and why it gave him serious doubts about the risks on the street.