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Meet 'Mr Big', a key to solving cold cases

It’s a technique invented in Canada and which is becoming more and more common as police seek to solve so-called cold cases. Known as the “Mr Big” method, police set up a fake criminal ring and include the suspect in it, and little by little, the suspect often confesses to committing the crime.

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While police say the method is efficient, human rights organisations argue otherwise: In some cases individuals have been released after spending years in prison because judges have later deemed their confessions inadmissible. Pierre Millet and Spencer McNaughton investigate for France 24.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Jessica Sestilli.

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