A little after 4 a.m. on July 21, 1996, Damon Thibodeaux, a deckhand
on a Mississippi River workboat, cracked at the end of a nine-hour
interrogation and confessed to the brutal rape and murder of his
14-year-old step-cousin, Crystal Champagne.
“I didn’t know that I had done it,” Thibodeaux said at one point, according to a police transcript. “But I done it.”
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