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December 27, 2007



Dear Marty, as a former babysitter and neighbor from years back I want to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to you from my entire family. My mother was just telling us the story of how your parents stopped by when we moved into our house on Seaside Drive, and they were so excited to be adopting a baby boy. I wrote once earlier on the blog, and have been following the news stories closely. I am so sorry you had to go through such a horrible ordeal,
I wish you the best of luck for your very rosy future.

Jerri Onjukka

Congratulations Marty! Your nightmare is over and your new life is just beginning. I just wanted you to know that I've been following your story for about the last 5 years thanks to your cousin, Jen's, sister-in-law (Jami Fleck). I have prayed for your case and am praising the Lord that my prayers have been answered. I am thankful that God protected you all those years in the prison. I will continue to pray for you as you move on in your life. God Bless you and your family. Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Chrissey Allenberg

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am overjoyed for you, Marty! I can't imagine what you must be feeling now. We all knew you were innocent - now the world knows it, too!

Big Hugs!

David Perry Davis, Esq.

Marty -

Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty.

I don't know if you'll see this or not, but a lot of the people who supported you also support the West Memphis Three (and other wrongfully convicted across the country).

I hope, next time a camera is in front of you, that you'll remind the audience that your conviction was not an aberration - that there are many, many others out. Oh make my day (and many others) by specifically saying that you think of "cases like the West Memphis Three in Arkansas along with the countless others who have no press, no legal teams, no websites, no supporters, only the knowledge of their innocence and hope for eventual justice."



...and, so, Marty, what's next? Law School? :-)

Andrea L.   Boston


Congratulations! And Enjoy your freedom. I hope that you can go to college, pursue your dreams and try to reclaim your life. I also hope you get compensation for the 17 years of your life that were spent locked away.

Arlene Cammarano

Dear Mr. Tankleff

Welcome home and congratulations on your appeal. I must admit that I never heard your story until now that I am fighting for a loved one who was wrongly accused and sentenced to 6 years- I know that is minimual compared to the nightmare that you had experienced but still the same it is a wrong conviction and my nephew is only 18 years old. At his conviction My family lost its faith in the legal system and with the local politians because no one will hear our story. As I surfed the web looking for help I came across you web site I started to read your story and my faith started to grow. Your persereance has brought hope to my family and we are not going to give up hope. I just wanted to let you know that I am happy you are home now. Good luck in the future. Your determination has helped us gain strength to fight for our loved one.

The Cammarano Family

Dana Cherry

I never believed your guilty verdict.I've kept up with your case all the way down here in North Texas!! I am so happy that you are near to the ones who love you now!!
A Texas Friend

Lyn Clark

I want to know why Shari M. is saying that she had nothing to do with Mr. McCreedy when I used to see her in Georges Handlebar constantly with Mr. McCreedy? This was during and after the trial and her then husband was only with them occassionally. They seemed to be VERY close friends!!!!

I have believed in Marty's innocence for a long time and cried when he was finaaly released. His sister is not being honest!!!

Good luck Marty!!

Steve Dixon

Congratulations Marty!

I went to high school with you (I was in your 11th grade social studies class). I am very pleased to hear that you are now free. I wish you all the best in everything that you do, you deserve it.

Steve Dixon
Portland, OR

Eden Lauder

I first heard about you through a conversation with friends, the moment I heard your story it struck a cord with me, I'd like to congratulate you on your release form prison and in the same breath I'd like to apologise for your loss, the loss of your parents and the loss of a life, yours, it's been given back to you now, it should never have been taken away, all strength to you Marty. Eden, South Africa.

d abraham

congratulations marty, you got your own life back, minus 17 years. you and i are the same age, and i cant imagine what you have been through. hope you have a long happy life from now on. ps mcready should do 17 years for what he did to you - he is a lowlife liar thug who knows exactly who killed your parents. i almost feel sorry for him because he is the epitome of perversion and corruption, a disgrace to humanity. on a lighter note, you are now free! better late than never! stay positive brother!

A Curtis

Dear Marty,
I am thrilled that you are home! My husband also is wrongly convicted on a false confession and has sat this past three years in prison in RI. I first heard about your case when I contacted Donald Connery after reading about him in the Hartford Courant. to see if he could help my husband. He was able to help us avert a trial which I realized would send my husband away for life. It has been a heartbreaking three years for us but reading about cases like yours has kept us going. Please enjoy your freedom many of us care about you and are passionate about what we can do to help change the justice system.


Congratulations Marty ! I was extremely happy for you when I read the news. I have believed in your innocence since I first read the story. I did my final project on yours and a very similar story in a Criminal Justice program in college. You are an amazingly strong person. I wish you nothing but the best in the future. I know you will beat anything else that happens in this saga.
Happy New Year and many more in the future !


My God, you are so deserving of all the good that life has to offer from now to eternity.


Marty, I have been praying for your release since I first saw your story several years ago. G-d bless!!!!!


We had a few laughs in the past and we've crossed paths more than once but we hardly knew each other because we went to different schools. After it happened I followed your case closely and watched our mutual friends testify on your behalf along with everybody else on Long Island. I could not believe you were convicted.

Then after that, I was sure you'd be free'd on appeal and then was let down again. Around the same time I joined the USMC and left Long Island for good but we never forgot about you. We'd talk about you a lot even years and years later. I've meant to write since at least the 90's but what do you say? I wrote you a long letter once but didn't have the sack to send it. I didn't think you needed another person in your life who was powerless to help and for that I am sorry. I'm a better man today and it still brings tears to my eyes when I think about those long years you spent locked up. Your story man, it makes grown men get all chocked up.

I sincerely hope you live happily ever after and wish you all the the best. If you ever make it out to the west coast I would be honored if you looked me up. Theres some good slopes at Tahoe that have your name all over them. Zac knows where to find me.

San Jose CA


I wish you the very best in your quest for justice and the road ahead. I'm very happy for you on your release and find inspiration in your dedication over the years. I wish there's something I could do to help (in my own way) besides giving my full support and well wishes. You're in my thoughts and I will continue to follow your story and be behind you 100%.
My very best -


Marty, I met you today in KK with my two sons. I just wanted to say once again how thrilled I am that you are free. I am just a few years older than you. I have ALWAYS felt haunted by the fact that you were innocent and framed. While I don't know you personally, there is a human connection that I can't explain. It is the overwhelming yearning for there to be justice, for rights to be wronged and for you to be treated with the kindness and compassion that you deserve. Over the years as I learned details of your case I always said that I felt it my heart you were innocent. I will continue to be a supporter and I hope that you find the peace and everlasting freedom you deserve. My best wishes to you today and for a lifetime to come filled with your dreams come true.

funke Akiyode

Welcome and Hapy new year. Congratulations...


i remember when the story happened. I am the same age as Marty and lived in the same area. I was going through a really hard time and so was he but mine didnt compare. Flash 19 years later and again I find myself in hard times and again i realize things could be worse at least i had my freedom. Marty we are so lucky to have are family support which matters above all.

South Carolina Steve


Thank goodness you and your family can finally exhale and your parents can be at rest. I admire you for your seemingly gracious and compassionate mannerisms even in the face of such an ordeal. You didn't let this most horrific injustice against you take your kindness and gentle spirit away. What a man!

It seems tragic we have to welcome a fellow american back to freedom in the USA, the land of the free but it seems we are mandated to do so. What else can we say to wipe away our feelings of embarrasment and dissappointment on our justice system. So, welcome back to freedom!

I am sorry your family, your youth and your young adulthood were all taken from you in such a hedious nightmarish manner. And our justice system, designed to protect us, did this to you. Insane!

I am sure you are admired by many. Keep the faith, one day you may actually be able to completely exhale agian. I hope and pray for your complete and total freedom from this tragedy very soon.

Not that is seems you need these last few words, however here goes...like watching the sun rise each morning, keep your chin up everyday, young man...you bring hope and encouragement to a lot of people. Most of who are in awe how you are dealing with all the above mentioned losses in your life. Again I say, what a man!


A Canadian

Just finished watching the 48 Hours show about your case, and what struck me most forcibly, was the stubborn tunnel vision and refusal to admit his error, of the lead detective. Anyone so convinced of his own infallibility, is a frightening part of the justice system.

I commend you for having the strength of character to survive 17 years of prison with your spirit intact, and the ability to feel gratitude for the small pleasures in life.

I wish you all good things in life from this point onwards!


I admire your strength throughout this whole ordeal. Wishing you the best in becoming a good lawyer in protecting the innocent and holding all murders accountable for their actions. I hope this case will have closure so your parents could rest in peace. May you enjoy the rest of your life with good health, prosperity, achieving your goals, and always being surrounded by those you love. Enjoy drinking coffee and watching the sunrise for years to come!

Mitchell Aber

Welcome home Marty.

I don't think you rmemeber me but we are second cousins and I have been standing behind you the entire time. I know that you were wrongfully accussed and I'm glad to see that you are free. My Grandfather was Phillip Tankleff and my mother is Barbara. We love you and wish you the best with your freedom. Keep your head up.



I remember when this all started and at the time I couldn't believe that you were found guilty. After watching the show last nite and seeing you outside sitting on the car, I thought you looked "in shock" not smug! That detective was looking for a quick closure and not the truth. I am happy that you are finally free and that the nightmare is behind you. You seem to have a wonderful family!

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