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September 11, 2013

House of Burgess: Matthew Cordle 'killed a man'

Ohioan's YouTube confession goes viral.

A wildly popular video confession, released last week on YouTube by nonprofit Because I Said I Would, had garnered more than 1.6 million views by Tuesday morning. The video clip’s description informs the viewer it was recorded Aug. 27 and released Sept. 3.

“I killed a man,” says a distorted male voice over a black screen as the video begins. Low theatrical music begins to swell as a pixelated head shot appears on screen.

“I was out with some friends. We were all drinking really heavily. … On that particular night, I made a mistake and got in my truck. [I] completely blacked out and decided to try to drive home. I ended up going the wrong way down the highway, directly into oncoming traffic, and I struck a car.” The screen flashes to black momentarily for dramatic effect.

“Immediately following that, I consulted some high-powered attorneys who told me stories about similar cases where the drivers got off,” says the disguised voice. “They were convinced that they could get my blood test thrown out, and all I would have to do for that was lie. Well, I won’t go down that path.”

The music and the shot abruptly changes. We can now see the 22-year-old man’s face and hear his voice clearly.

“My name is Matthew Cordle,” he says into the camera. “And on June 22, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession. When I get charged, I will plead guilty and I will take full responsibility for everything I’ve done to Vincent and his family. If I took a different route maybe I would get a reduced sentence and maybe I would get off, but I won’t dishonor Vincent’s memory by lying about what happened.” The music swells further.

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