The new book on the Marty Tankleff case--"A Criminal Injustice" by Richard Firstman and Jay Salpeter--is due out Tuesday, and is making news today for something Det. James McCready reportedly said on an unaired portion of the 2006 'Dr. Phil' show on Marty's case.
"The book includes a portion of a telephone interview with the lead
detective in the original case, K. James McCready, from a 2006 episode
of the 'Dr. Phil' show that never aired. In it, McCready was asked whether it was true
that Joseph Creedon - who witnesses claimed was a hired hit man - paid
him $100,000 for his silence. 'No that's not true,' McCready
replied, according to the book. 'And if it were true, that means he
lost money, I mean he only got paid fifty thousand to do the murder.'"
McCready told Newsday that the allegation that he made the statement is a lie.
As most of you know, the book is due out this Tuesday, December 30th. It's a great read, a comprehensive account of the case from its beginning, and features lots of
research and background, including a major news-making revelation that's to be
this Sunday's Times and Newsday.
Wow, it's out, the comprehensive report two years in the making, all 20 double-spaced pages of it, by the New York State Investigation Commission entitled "An Investigation into the Procedures Resulting in the Arrest and Conviction of Martin Tankleff for the Murders of Seymour and Arlene Tankleff." You can read about it in today's Newsday, which was given an exclusive by the SIC.
The SIC's conclusion was that the conduct of the Suffolk County Police Department and District Attorney's office was "legal and proper" from the original investigation right through the handling of the 440 hearing. In today's article in Newsday, a spokesman for Marty Tankleff, Lonnie Soury, called the report "a shocking whitewash."