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Delphine Bertrand





10 to 15 years

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New London

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Old Lyme


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Delphine Bertrand falsely pled guilty to manslaughter in April 1944 to conceal that she was having sex with a man in a house at the same time, unbeknownst to her, the victim was killed by two other men. The crime occurred in Old Lyme, Connecticut. After the killers confessed, the indictment against her was dismissed in July 1946. She falsely confessed to murder because she thought it was better than having her sex life publicly revealed during a trial. No compensation was awarded for her more than 2 years of wrongful imprisonment."

Conviction Caused By:

False confession to killing a man she didn't kill or harm in any way.

Innocence Proved By:

"After the actual killers (two men) confessed, the indictment against Bertrand was dismissed, and she was released in July 1946."

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Information Source 1:

"“Miscarriages of Justice in Potentially Capital Cases,” Hugo Adam Bedau & Michael L. Radelet, Stanford Law Review, November, 1987, Vol. 40, p. 97."

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"The Innocents, Edward Radin,William Morrow & Co., 1964, p. 251."

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