Social media is being used more and more in a variety of innovative and unexpected ways … like confessing to a crime.
In early August, a man named Matthew Cordle sent a message to the popular blog because I said I would. asking for help. He had killed a man in a drunk driving accident, and though his lawyers were convinced that they could get him off (if he lied), he wanted to confess and take responsibility for his actions.
On September 3, the blog published his video to their homepage and to Facebook. It shows Cordle, his face blurred and his voice altered, detailing his story. The dramatic video then cuts to reveal his real face.
“My name is Matthew Cordle and on June 22, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession.”
Cordle’s “because I said I would” promise that he asks all viewers to take is to not drink and drive, no matter the circumstances.
The video, as well as Cordle’s story, have slowly been going viral this week. Most observers have applauded Cordle for his bravery and the powerful message of the video, with some branding him a “hero.” On Facebook, because I said I would. conceded that Cordle’s message is powerful, but warned against dubbing him a “hero.”
Charges against Cordle have not yet been filed as of Friday, but attorneys on both sides have been made aware of the video.
“This video he released demonstrates his character, bravery and integrity, and I know he fully intends to cooperate with law enforcement and Franklin County prosecutors throughout the course of any future criminal proceedings,” said George Breitmayer III, a Columbus lawyer representing Cordle. He was unaware of Cordle’s plans to release his confession video.
Even the prosecution was stunned.
“It’s the most compelling video I think I have seen. He strikes me as remorseful and sincere,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. On Monday, he’ll ask a grand jury to indict Cordle on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. The second-degree felony carries a prison sentence of two to eight years.
Do you think that Matthew Cordle did the right thing by making a video of his drunk driving confession and sharing it online?