Confessions

The Confessions Exhibit includes items documenting confessions of crimes ranging from the 18th-19th century. In many instances, the items contain sentences and punishments that were carried out based on the confessions, emphasizing not the trial, but the crime, the punishment, and the moral implications of both. As this exhibits explores, "confessions" were often extracted under durress and are thus - then as they often are now - of dubious legal status.