All memories are highly suggestible, but persons with cognitive disorders are particularly prone to memory distortion. They may feel innocent when they are guilty, but, perhaps more significantly, feel guilty when they are innocent ...
When an Innocent Confesses to a Crime: Scientific American PodcastI'm stretching a bit here, the research doesn't say that low IQ and special needs children and adults are particularly vulnerable to false confession. But do you doubt it?
Confession of a crime is considered highly persuasive in court. It seems inherently honest. Why would an innocent confess guilt? It appears counterintuitive to basic human self-interest.
And yet, innocents do confess, and studies have shown that they are highly persuasive, even when jurors know they were coerced. According to the Innocence Project, false confessions contributed to 25% of wrongful convictions in the U.S. in 2008.