This statement has been dubbed the “Bible confession” in WM3 case lore because Stidham left the prison meeting room to fetch a Bible, then had Misskelley hold his hand on the Bible while he confessed.
Misskelley had been convicted and sentenced four days earlier. Stidham and Misskelley were alone in the room for this confession, which Stidham tape-recorded for his own use. For many years, the general public knew about the 2/8/94 confession indirectly from the transcript of a 2/22/94 pretrial hearing. In November 2008, Stidham’s tape-recording was played in open court for the first time. Newspaper accounts of that court session revealed more detail on what Misskelley had actually said. But until today, a full transcript of Misskelley’s 2/8/94 confession has never circulated publicly.
Two longtime case debaters known as Rudder and Dollparts tracked down the trial transcript in hopes that Stidham’s tape-recording had been transcribed and entered into the official record. And it had! They purchased copies of the relevant pages, scanned them and sent them to Callahan.