On October 12, 1980 Steve Titus, a restaurant manager in Seattle, was pulled over by a police officer. Titus was on his way home with his girlfriend.
The officer informed him that his car resembled a car that was driven earlier in the evening by a man who raped a female hitchhiker. So they took Titus’ picture and put it in a photo lineup which was later shown to the victim. She pointed to Titus’ photo and said, “That one’s the closest.”
Based on this, Titus was put on trial. In the court, the rape victim confirmed, “I’m absolutely positive that’s the man.” That was enough to convict him. The judge pronounced him guilty and sent him to prison.
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