The Law: Who Confessed?

On Oct. 22, 1972, two boys trudging through a remote cemetery near Scranton, Pa., found the body of a woman who had been stabbed to death. Later that day, a man who identified himself as Roger Ferretti telephoned Scranton police to report that he had just killed a woman—and the call was routinely recorded. The cops located Ferretti, who denied killing the woman or making the call. Two days later police arrested Adam Topa, now 56, a factory worker who knew Ferretti and had been out drinking with the victim the night of the...

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