Portfolio Milestone: False Confessions of Juan Rivera

Portfolio Milestone

False Confessions of Juan Rivera

CRJ426 Investigative and Forensic Interviewing

Colorado State University Global

The case that I want to present for my project is the case of Juan Rivera. In August of 1992, a young girl was raped and murdered while she was babysitting (Innocence Project, 2017). The victim was 11 year old Holly Staker of Waukegan, Illinois. For many weeks the police had little to go on until a tip about 19 year old Juan Rivera steered the investigation in his direction (Innocence Project, 2017). Rivera was a special education student with a criminal past: he had been convicted of burglary. One of the biggest flaws in this investigation is that Rivera had an ankle monitor on him when the crime against Staker was committed (Innocence Project, 2017). Much of the investigation that took place was incredibly flawed and stands as a great example as to what law enforcement should be avoiding during interrogations.


Innocence Project. (2017, October 24). Juan Rivera. Retrieved May 29, 2020, from https://www.innocenceproject.org/cases/juan-rivera/