True Non-Crime

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A woman who disappeared 31 years ago in Germany and was registered dead after a man confessed to her murder, was found two weeks ago living in Dusseldorf, the International Business Times reported.

In 1984, Petra Pazsitka, a 24-year-old computer science student, failed to show up at her brother’s birthday celebration, setting off a massive police search. Pazsitka was living in student housing at the time in the German city of Braunschweig.

Detectives elicited help from a popular German crime show called “Aktenzeichen XY,” and later a suspect in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl confessed to killing Pazsitka, according to NBC News.

It seems Pazsitka went into hiding to get away from her family.

But the first thing I wondered was, How did police get a confession to a non-murder and who did the confessing? According to the NBC story linked above, the “guilty” man was the suspect in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl from the same area — but that still doesn’t explain how the police got a confession out of him for Pazsitka non-murder.