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WIN Frontline: The Confessions on DVD [PBS]

Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didnít commit? FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel (Innocence Lost, An Ordinary Crime) investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Virginia, woman in 1997.

In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure police interrogation techniques, including the threat of the death penalty, sleep deprivation, and intimidation, that led each of the Norfolk Four to confess, despite any evidence linking them to the crime.

All four sailors are now out of prison - one served his sentence and the other three were granted conditional pardons last summer - but the men were not exonerated as felons or sex offenders.

The case raises disturbing questions about the actions of the police and prosecutors, who relied on the sailorsí often contradictory confessions for their convictions, and disregarded DNA evidence that pointed to a lone assailant who would later confess to the crime himself while serving prison time for another rape.

If you would like to win a copy of this fascinating new DVD, just answer this easy question about producer Ofra Bikel: In 2007, Ms. Bikel won which-named award?

Send us your answers and if you are correct you will be in the running to win one of these new DVDs! Just send us an e:mail here before November 30th, 2021 with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: THE CONFESSIONS DVDs to:

Official PBS DVD Purchase Link