In a startling and haunting YouTube video posted earlier this week, 22-year-old Matthew Cordle confesses to killing a 61-year-old father of two in a drunk-driving mishap.
Cordle posted the video without first telling his lawyer, George Breitmayer III, who said that Cordle, of Columbus, Ohio, “fully intends to cooperate with law enforcement and Franklin County prosecutors throughout the course of any future criminal proceedings.”
In the video, Cordle promises to plead guilty if prosecuted and to accept any sentence handed down to him. (Watch the full video below. Note that it contains no scenes of violence.)
On June 22, a car driven by Vincent Canzani was struck by a driver going the wrong way on I-670 near Third Street in Columbus. Canzani was killed in the accident, but Cordle -- who received injuries that displays in the video -- was never charged with any offense.
Canzani’s obituary describes him as “a gifted photographer” and Navy veteran who served “as a Missile Technician in the Naval Submarine Service aboard the USS Lafayette SSBN from 1980-1986.”
In the dramatic video, set to ominous background music, Cordle (pictured, as he appears in the video) starts off with his face digitally blurred and his voice altered as he confesses to “drinking heavily” the night of the crash. He says that he is plagued by depression which leads to his excessive alcohol consumption and adds, “I really don’t like the person I become when I drink.”
The image then clears and Cordle’s accurate appearance and voice are made clear as he confesses to killing Canzani while driving drunk.
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien was impressed with Cordle’s online confession.
“It’s the most compelling video I think I have seen. He strikes me as remorseful and sincere,” O'Brien told the Columbus Dispatch.
The prosecutor said that on Monday a grand jury would indict Cordle on a count of aggravated vehicular homicide that carries a prison term of between two and eight years.
The video was first posted on becauseisaidiwould.com, a web site dedicated to videos of people making promises. The site’s founder said that Cordle approached him about confessing in a video on the site.
SOURCES: Columbus Dispatch, becauseisaidiwould.com, Legacy.com, YouTube, Daily Mail