A woman who married the man convicted of her brother’s murder protested her husband’s innocence because she said she loved him “with all her heart”.
Crystal Strauss OhioShe married John Tidgin, 57, earlier this month after he was released on bail pending a retrial for the murder of her half-brother Brian McGarry, 18, in April 1989.
Tiedjen was McGary’s brother and roommate, and at the time of his shooting and stabbing, the men had been spending a night drinking heavily and smoking weed.
Appearing on This Morning, Strauss said that while they admit that their relationship will be “difficult,” she is certain of her partner’s innocence and believes their relationship will be “stronger in the long run.”
Crystal Strauss married John Tidgin, 57, earlier this month after he was released on bail pending a retrial for the murder of her half-brother Brian McGarry, 18, in April 1989.
Strauss, who appeared on This Morning today, said that while they admit their relationship will be ‘difficult’, she is certain of her partner’s innocence.
“Two people lost their lives that night, my brother and unfortunately Johnny lost 32 years of his life,” she said.
I love Johnny with all my heart. I’m not saying this relationship is going to be easy, this relationship is going to be really tough, it’s a huge roller coaster with court dates, and we’re going to get through this and it’s going to make us stronger in the long run.
Tiedjen was 25 when McGary was found dead in the apartment they shared and spent 32 years in the murder.
He confessed to killing McGarry in an act of self-defense after extensive questioning by investigators. However, in 1987, Tiedjen claimed his innocence of the murder charge by saying that McGary had committed suicide at that time.
Strauss’ romance with Tiedjen began in 2016 with a letter she wrote to him in prison offering forgiveness for her brother’s death. The couple began talking and, eventually, exchanged vows at Tiedjen’s home (pictured LR), where he is currently under house arrest while awaiting a new trial.
Strauss’ romance with Tiedjen began in 2016 with a letter she wrote to him in prison offering forgiveness for her brother’s death.
When he insists he is innocent, the pair begin to talk, eventually exchanging vows at Tidegen’s home, where he is currently under house arrest while awaiting a new trial.
She recalls: ‘One day I was driving to the lake and it came to my mind and wrote him a letter saying I forgave him and he ended up texting me ‘Thank you for the letter, but I didn’t’.
Tidgin’s original conviction was overturned in June of this year when it was revealed that prosecutors had not turned over relevant crime scene photos at the time of the trial.
Strauss is certain of her husband’s innocence, insisting: “As much as my brother’s murderer, this is not an accurate statement. This address is inaccurate, it is clear that he did not kill my brother, which is why there is a new trial.
Strauss protested her husband’s innocence to host Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford because she said she loved him with all her heart.
Strauss is certain of her husband’s innocence, insisting: “As much as my brother’s murderer, this is not an accurate statement. This title is inaccurate, he obviously didn’t kill my brother, that’s why there is a new trial
Speaking of her brother Brian, Strauss said, “He was a little rebellious. He was a boy Tom, he loved motorcycles and he was a rebellious teenager.
Tedjin added: ‘It was My best friend, we rode motorbikes together, and did everything. “[if] You have seen him and you have seen me.
When asked how you would feel when he was charged and convicted of the crime, he said: “I can’t believe it happened like this. I did not commit the crime. How do you end up in prison for something you didn’t do?
The couple admitted it was difficult to convince their families of their marriage, but Tidegen insisted he had done “nothing to be forgiven”.
“There are mixed feelings on both sides of our family,” Strauss said. It’s hard to come to terms with him. Everything happens, it kind of mind blows them. But I said people wouldn’t fully understand our relationship.
Tidegen added, “It’s not about forgiveness here, I have nothing to forgive. I didn’t commit the crime. We put it in God’s hands, he made everything appear.”