True crimes, false memories, misidentifications and wrongful convictions. This podcast brings you true stories of innocent people who were falsely accused, mistakenly identified and put on trial for crime they didn’t commit. In each episode we explore a different case; starting with the crime, moving though the investigation, on to the trial; and of course, culminating in the verdict. Hosted by forensic psychologist Dr. Mitchell Eisen.
Wrongfully Convicted in New Orleans
Joseph was a 19-year old kid in New Orleans who was walking down the street with his friends, when a local police officer decided that he matched the description of someone who had committed an armed robbery the previous day. The officer decided to use the most suggestive identification procedure possible, which predictably resulted in Joseph being falsely identified, and facing the prospect of 60-years hard labor.
Taco Truck Robberies
Danny was a tough kid from a local tagging crew, but he was no gunman. One day his life was turned completely upside down when he was accused of robbing seven taco stands at gunpoint. Learn how the police used faulty identification procedures which lead to Danny being misidentified by 13 different eyewitnesses! Listen to the story of how he and his lawyer Damon Hobdy used psychological science to fight these wrongful allegations against all odds.
I Remember Him from High school
Imagine walking down the street minding your own business when the police stop you, say you match the description of someone who just committed a serious crime, put you in handcuffs, and present you to a witness in the field. Before you could blink an eye, you have been misidentified and find yourself in a jail cell. The real kicker is, the witness who identified you actually went to high school with you years ago but does not remember you from those days. Rather, he figures that the reason you look familiar is because you’re the culprit.
Overexposed in San Diego
A small town police officer in the San Diego area believes Michael committed a series of crimes and uses highly suggestive procedures in an attempt to obtain identifications from several eyewitnesses. Michael spends months in jail awaiting trial as the defense gradually pulls away at the layers of the government’s thin case to expose the wrongful prosecution.
A pizza is ordered to be delivered to a vacant apartment in a tough neighborhood, and when the 19-year old deliveryman walks up to the apartment complex he is rushed by two hooded gunmen who demand his money, food and phone. The apartment manager suggests that the police focus their investigation on Marvin, a 20-something year old tenant that she has been having trouble with and wants out of the complex. The only problem is, Marvin had nothing to do with the crime, and after being falsely identified from a suggestive photographic lineup he is thrown into jail and spent the next several months fighting for his freedom.
Gang Killing in Santa Ana
Two young gang bangers ride up to a couple of teens ask where they’re from, and when they don’t get the right answer they pull out guns and start shooting. One teen is killed and the other gets away. Johnny Sanchez is a 14-year old kid who lives in the neighborhood and he happens to match the description of one of the shooters, and because Johnny has a friend from school who is in the gang, the police consider him a suspect. Although Johnny had never been in trouble before, they put his picture in a lineup and he is identified as the killer. The only problem is, the lineup was obviously suggestive.
I have been binge listening to this podcast for the past couple of days. The educational value is is second to none. I look forward to working with you on my cases to help fight the government in their pursuit of my clients, despite all the problems associated with witnesses pointing their fingers at my clients.
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If you are into true crime and have an interest in the “how” and “why” in a criminal case, you will love this podcast.
Mitch is an amazing storyteller. His bite-size vignettes of cases that he was involved with are simultaneously entertaining and educational.
I can understand why his students are such fans of his. Well done, Dr. Eisen.
Fascinating & Educational ..Makes You Think
Awesome show! If you’re wondering whether to listen, just click play, you’ll love it! Dr Eisen shares great examples of how our memory and basic human nature works for us, aaaand how it works against us - it’s fascinating and leaves me wanting more. He’s got a great narrating voice/style and the production quality pulls me right in. Highly recommended!