Maybe They Just Think It’s Funny (Watch Out For This One In Particular)

It’s a cliché of fiction that the deathbed confession (as well as its close cousin, the confession made by person so old that it qualifies as a near-deathbed confession) is always true.  “What possible reason would they have to not tell the truth at this point?” the thinking goes.  “What would they have to gain?

In real life, potentially a lot.

Maybe they’re protecting a legacy, maybe they’re trying to create a legacy (“Yeah, you know that unsolved crime?  That was me!”), maybe they’re an habitual liar, maybe they’re an habitual manipulator, maybe they think it’s true, but they’re actually just delusional . . .

The list goes on and on.


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