Confessions

Tattoo Leads to Murder Conviction

This isn't what people usually have in mind when they say you'll regret getting a tattoo: Anthony Garcia was convicted of first-degree murder after L.A. County Sheriff's homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd spotted a strange tattoo in a photograph of his chest. The tattoo showed the exact crime scene of a liquor store murder that had stumped Lloyd in 2004. The image had all the details, even the christmas lights on the roof, the direction John Juarez's body fell, the bowed street lamp, and a banner that read RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13. Investigators then tracked Garcia down, posed as gang members, and taped him bragging about the murder. "He tattooed his confession on his chest," says Capt. Mike Parker. "You have a degree of fate with this."