The Keith Longtin Story

Interrogated for 36 hours without rest and without an attorney, Keith Longtin was charged with murdering his wife.  The charge was based on a confession Prince George's County, Maryland police claimed he made, but which Keith cannot remember.  For the next eight months Keith languished in jail, held without bond.  Police ignored his attorney's repeated requests for DNA testing.  During that time, the man who killed Keith's wife was free to commit six more brutal rapes.  Even when Keith was cleared by DNA testing -- ordered by a detective in the sensitive crimes unit -- homicide detectives continued to insist Keith had "guilty knowledge."


Keith Longtin holds a photo of himself and his wife. During interrogation, he says, hideous crime scene photos were shoved in his face. (Dudley M. Brooks - The Washington Post) 

 
Follow contemporaneous accounts from the pages of The Washington Post.
Estranged Husband Charged in Slaying (October 7, 1999)
 
No Bond for Man Held in Estranged Wife's Death (October 8, 1999)
 
DNA Frees Suspect in Md. Slaying (June 23, 2000)
 
Freed Suspect Says He's Finally Mourning Wife (June 24, 2000)
 
Husband Released, Rapist Implicated in Md. Slaying (July 22, 2000)


Click HERE to read The Washington Post series on police abuses in Prince George's County, Maryland.

 
 
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