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Did Ex-Pro Wrestler Confess to Gay Man's Murder in FB Post?

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday August 10, 2020

Former WWE wrestler Marty Jannetty
Former WWE wrestler Marty Jannetty  (Source:Facebook)

Georgia police are investigating whether a former WWE pro wrestler's claims on Facebook that he "made a man disappear" constitute a confession about murdering a gay co-worker as a teenager, or whether the story is just an empty boast, TMZ reports.

The now-deleted post was put up by 60-year-old Marty Jannetty, who claims that when he was 13 and working at a bowling alley, he attempted to purchase marijuana from a co-worker, whom Jannetty referred to in the post by an anti-LGTBQ expletive.

In the now-deleted post, Jannetty reportedly describes a situation in which he claims the man "put his hands on me and dragged me around to the back of the building.."

The post adds, "you already know what he was gonna try to do."

Jannetty continues the story: "That was the very first time I made a man disappear," and adds, "They never found him... they shoulda looked in the Chattahoochie River..."

Police in Columbus, Georgia, told TMZ that the post has sparked an investigation and they are looking at old "missing persons or unidentified remains cases that match the limited information in the post."

Jannetty appeared to be backing off his claims somewhat in the wake of interest from the authorities, reports the New York Post.

In an interview with Boston posted at Boston Wrestling MWF YouTube channel, Jannetty parsed his post, saying, "I didn't say I killed him. I said he disappeared."

Jannetty said he "beat... him in the head with a brick," but said that he "wasn't trying to kill him."

Still, Jannetty went on to imply that he might have killed the man by drowning him in the river.

"Can you imagine dragging him to the river and throwing him in?" Jannetty said. "And then finding out on the news the dude's missing? You know the dude. And you know more than that. That fucking affected me bad, bro."

The original post had made the claims before going on to address a woman - supposedly appearing in photos accompanying the post - and telling her that she was "probably my favorite," but adding, "I promised myself way back then, nobody would ever hurt me again..that includes you.."

The post goes on to say, "you can go your own way, I don't need you.."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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