Maybe had the police used gentler methods, Gäfgen would still have confessed.
Another staff member also confessed to being regularly beaten by the Gaddafi family.
The abusive priest, Father Michael Baker, confessed to Mahony in 1986 that he was a pedophile.
late 14c., from Old French confesser (transitive and intransitive), from Vulgar Latin *confessare, from Latin confess-, past participle stem of confiteri "to acknowledge," from com- "together" (see com-) + fateri "to admit," akin to fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).
Its original religious sense was of one who avows his religion in spite of persecution or danger but does not suffer martyrdom. Old French confesser thus had a figurative sense of "to harm, hurt, make suffer." Related: Confessed; confessing. An Old English word for it was andettan.