One main purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect the innocent. However, with such a flawed system, this isn’t always the case. On 6 September, 1988, 17-year-old Martin Tankleff awoke to discover the bloody bodies of his parents, Arlene and Seymour. Arlene was laying in the bedroom, almost decapitated. Seymour was discovered in his office with a number of stab wounds; miraculously, he was clinging to life. Tankleff soon became the prime suspect after authorities claimed he didn’t look distraught enough, however, Tankleff was still in shock. He was taken in for questioning without an adult present. Disturbingly, authorities told Tankleff that his father had awoke while in hospital and named him as the killer. In fact, Seymour had died without ever regaining consciousness. Brought up to believe that the police were good, honest, people, Tankleff began to question his own memory and question if he could have killed them and then blacked out. “I kept saying, ‘It wasn’t me,’ and they kept saying, ‘We don’t care. Just tell us what we want to hear. We want to know it’s you,’” he says. “You get to a point where you start doubting yourself … you just want to escape that environment.”
Under intense interrogation, Tankleff verbally confessed that he had killed his parents with a barbell and a knife that was discovered in the kitchen. However, he never signed a confession document. After his interrogation, he called family members and told them he had been forced to confess. An investigation revealed that the knife that authorities surmised to be the murder weapon had been used to cut a watermelon - what was believed to be blood, turned out to be juice from a watermelon. There was also no blood or DNA discovered on the barbell. Authorities tried to argue that Tanklett was just good at cleaning up. No physical evidence found in the crime scene pointed to Tankleff being the killer but he was found guilty and sentenced to 50 years in prison regardless.
Skip forward to 2004, Tankleff’s family had hired private investigator, Jay Salpeter, who uncovered a parade of witnesses to corroborate Tankleff’s innocence. Tankleff was granted an evidentiary hearing where a number of witnesses penned Jerry Steueman as the killer. Steueman, who was once Seymour’s business partner, had owed Seymour an abundance of money. Coincidentally, Steueman had been at the card game hosted by Seymour the night of the brutal murders. It was also uncovered that following the murders, Steueman had changed his appearance and even faked his own death and left town. In 2007, all charged against Tankleff were dropped and he was released from prison. In 2014, he was awarded $3.3 million for his wrongful conviction and is currently in the process of setting up a business to help exonerate wrongly convicted inmates. Whoever killed Arlene and Seymour have seemingly escaped justice - at least for now.
When Tamir Rice was murdered dickheads come to in droves to defend the actions of the officer. But when John Crawford III or Darrien Hunt were killed for toys in open carry states, despite threatening no one, I saw no one come to their defense
Trayvon Martin was murdered for defending himself & yet I clearly remember conservatives celebrating his attacker and murderer.
Today, Philando Castile’s murderer walks free and all I see is silence. So much of the “self defense community” and many 2nd admendment advocates have proven themselves time and time again to be a bunch of poseurs, cowards, bigots and perhaps worst of all hypocrites.
Martin John Bryant, born May 7, 1967 is known as Australia’s worst mass murderer. He is the perpetrator of the Port Arthur massacre, which took place in Tasmania, Australia. He was charged with the murder of 35 people after pleading guilty. He currently resides in Risdon Prison. He is currently serving 35 life sentences and 1035 years without parole.
As a kid, Martin had always broken his toys and his mother, Carleen Bryant described him as an “annoying” or “different” child compared to those of his age. Teachers described him as unemotional. During school hours, he was a victim of bullying and was disruptive to other children’s learning.
During high school, he was transferred to the special education unit. Whilst in high school, he was noted as possibly having an “intellectual disability”. After an IQ test, he was revealed to have an IQ of 66, the equivalent to that of an eleven-year-old. After being arrested, he was further tested and was shown to have an IQ of 64 verbally, and cognitive functioning and non-verbal reasoning IQ of 68.
On April 28, 1996, Martin had shot dead the owners he had held a grudge against of the guesthouse known as Seascape. Once killing them, he decided he’d go to the Port Arthur historical site. Once he got there, he got a meal. After eating it and returning the tray, he set down a duffel bag containing a Colt AR-15 with a 30-round magazine. That’s when he fired the gun rapidly and shot dead 12 people in the span of approximately 15-30 seconds. Once at the gift shop, Martin fired the AR-15 again at multiple people, killing 10 more, putting the total body count up to 22 people.
During the chaos, some people had escaped into the car park. After Martin had finished shooting up the cafe, he made his way out into the car park, where he fired at scared escapees, and made his way to the coaches, where he shot at more people. Now, he’d killed a total of 26.
Martin got back into his car and made his way to the toll booth. After shooting at more afraid civilians, he had shot dead 33 in total.
At a service station, he shot dead his 34th victim, Zoe Hall after hijacking a car and locking Zoe’s boyfriend in the boot. Martin had gone back to the Seascape house, and handcuffed Glenn Pears, Zoe’s boyfriend, to a railing in the house. During the police stand-off, Martin had killed Glenn, his final victim. He was eventually captured after attempting to set himself on fire and running out of the house.
After being arrested, Bryant was evaluated and was diagnosed with Asperger’s, with symptoms of conduct disorder and ADHD.
✖ Born on May 7, 1967 at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Hobart Australia.
✖ As a child he rejected cuddles, physical affection and often broke his toys as a result of frustration as he struggled to stay entertained. He would also escape and go missing from the family home regularly.
✖ By the age of 3 it was clear something was amiss as his speech developed slowly and his fine motor skills were impaired.
✖ He was rejected in primary school and high school as he was considered odd. One former classmate recalled “He used to walk around with his face all squinted up, as if the sun was too bright.” He aggravated other children with his ‘silly games’ as he would creep up and scare them as an attempt to make friends.
✖ He was nasty and abused his sisters friends whenever they called or visited. He was envious of his sisters normalcy.
✖ His father Maurice gave him an air rifle for his 14th birthday. He hid along the creek bed next to the house and fired at passing traffic or wildly into the bay at night. One time he shot a parrot out of a tree and walked up to the dead bird and fired several more bullets into its head.
✖ He dropped out of school a day before his 16th birthday.
✖ In 1984 he was taken to a clinical psychiatrist. It was clear to the psychiatrist immediately that he had a problem as he was not able to concentrate on what he was saying and interrupted him to talk about the age of the house and the fireplace in the room.
✖ He was told that he would never be employed as he would upset and annoy people to the extent he would always be in trouble. He was put on a disability pension.
✖ The psychiatrists notes read: “Cannot read or write. Does a bit of gardening and watches TV. Only his parents’ efforts that prevent further deterioration. Could be schizophrenic and parents face a bleak future with him… Father protects him from any occasion which might upset him as he continually threatens violence… Martin tells me he would like to go around shooting people… It would be unsafe to allow Martin out of his parents’ control.”
✖ He had an IQ lower than 98% of the population and his emotional and intellectual capacity was compared to that of a 5 year old.
✖ In 1987, Martin met his first and only friend, a 54 year old heiress Helen Harvey. They instantly clicked when he was wondering the streets and offered to mow her overgrown lawn.
✖ Martin and Helen lived together in a house full of animals. Neighbours avoided him as he was erratic and wondered the streets at night shooting his air rifle.
✖ He never went for his drivers license as he feared failure.
✖ At 25 he had no self-control and with a child-like impulse he would reach across as Helen drove and wrench the steering wheel. Twice she had run off the road whilst fending him off.
✖ One day in 1992 Helen was killed in a car accident with Martin in the car. According to Martin, she was distracted by the dogs in the back seat and she crossed the double white lines on the road and straight into the path of an oncoming Ford Sedan. Martin was barely alive with two fractured vertebrae.
✖ Helen left Martin with half a million dollars and two properties. Martin’s father Maurice had to manage the fortune as he feared Martin would fritter it away.
✖ Not long after the death of Martin’s only friend, his father committed suicide. Martin no longer had his best friend and his father’s restraining influence. He was now rudderless, floating without a goal. He was left with mounting frustrations, his angers, his resentment of rejection and social misunderstanding.
✖ He would appear as a regular at a suburban café in a grey linen suit and lizard skin shoes or an electric blue suit with flared trousers and a ruffled shirt. He was compared to a labrador puppy. He was like a child trying to impress everyone. Everyone laughed at him.
✖ From 1993-1995 he travelled frequently. His favourite part about the trips was the long plane journeys so that he could speak to the people seated next to him as they were restrained in their seats and had no choice but to listen.