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Police: Radio ‘confession’ may be a hoax

Phoenix police have questioned the man who called in to a local radio station and confessed to witnessing a homicide, calling into question the validity of his on-air statements Friday morning.

The man, who referred to himself as “Carl,” called into KISS-FM’s “Confession Wednesday” segment and claimed to have witnessed a 20-year-old homicide that occurred in the Cincinnati area.

Despite gruesome detail in the descriptions, police say their questioning has led them to believe the tale was fabricated from an urban legend. They were continuing to investigate the possibility of any validity, working with police in Kentucky and Ohio to separate fact from hoax.

Police identified the caller but have not formerly charged or arrested him. They were waiting to release the information until their investigation concludes.

Carl was on air for about 10 minutes, during which he described witnessing the 1988 homicide. He received Kelly Clarkson concert tickets for telling the best confession of the segment.

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