The alleged murderer went with detectives to where the body was found and re-enacted the killing.
A terminally ill Alabama man confessed to a 1995 unsolved murder on Wednesday, according to police.
53-year-old Johnny Dwight Whited called up the Decatur police department and was transferred to Detective Sean Mukaddam, who specializes in cold cases, and said he fatally shot a man with a single bullet in a wooded area of the city years ago, authorities claim.
"I've never had a situation where I just pick up the phone and have a call like that,” Mukaddam told The New York Times. "Nothing where the suspect calls me out of the blue and wants to confess.”"
But the stunning tip was missing some important details.
"He didn't know the date or the year. We were scrambling to try to figure out what he was talking about," Mukaddam said. "We went into some specific questions to see if he was telling the truth or if it was someone trying to get some notoriety."
With the description of the location and a combing of unsolved homicide cases, the police were able to conclude Whited was referring to the April 26, 1995 murder of Christopher Alvin Dailey.