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Two decades after his false murder confession at age 16, Daniel Villegas might go free

Daniel Villegas was just 16 when he admitted killing two men in a drive-by shooting in El Paso 20 years ago, but problems with his police confession mean he’ll get a shot at freedom.

Today in Crime History: The Lipstick Killer Gets College Degree in Prison

William Heirens, known as the Lipstick Killer, became the first Illinois inmate to attain a four-year college degree in prison on February 6, 1972. That wasn’t his only record: at the time of his death last March, he was the state’s longest-serving inmate, having spent 65 years in prison. Though he confessed to three murders, many think Heirens was innocent.

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