The deathbed confession is a common cliché in films and television, usually featuring an emotionally charged moment where the character who’s about to push up daisies bears their heart and soul about some heinous crime they committed when they were too young to know any better to clear their conscience before finally exiting stage left; but how often does it actually happen in real life?
Judging from our research, the answer is: surprisingly often!
Though sometimes that confession isn’t followed immediately by the confessor’s death, sometimes the process can take months, or might not happen at all—leading to some criminals and murderers getting their just desserts.
Here are 10 crimes that were solved by deathbed confessions…
This is an encore of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host Simon Whistler. Read the full list!