March 30, 2023

The man who served 17 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his parents

  • Rafael Abuchaibe (@RafaelAbuchaibe)
  • BBC News World

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Marty Tankliffe served 17 years in prison for killing his parents

In September 1988, on the first day of school, Marty Tankliffe, a 17-year-old American teenager, wakes up to find his mother dead and his father seriously injured in his office.

The young man did what any sane person would have done in this situation: He called the emergency services, which in the US are reached by dialing 911.

“[Eu estava] In complete panic, in shock. There is no way to describe the moment because what happened to me is something no one should have to go through.”

Marty never imagined that after that phone call he would become the prime suspect in his parents’ murder – and that he would spend 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.