Controversial Criminal Interrogation Technique Suspected Of Producing False Confessions Under Fire

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Krista Johnson/Iowa Watch

Dorothy Varallo-Speckeen looks in late spring 2017 at the transcript from her July 2013 interrogation by a Moline, Illinois, police detective about a toddler Varallo-Speckeen babysat who suffered two broken legs. Varallo-Speckeen pleaded guilty to and served time for misdemeanor battery causing bodily harm but says she felt coerced into admitting a crime she says she didn't commit. is proud to collaborate with the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism –, a non-profit, online news website. IowaWatch reporter Krista Johnson spent from the end of August 2016 through part of June 2017 researching and writing this report. She interviewed 14 individuals, talking with some several times.

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