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Boston Globe Apologizes for Story

February 21, 2001

BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Globe ran a front-page apology Wednesday for a story that said authorities were focusing on an extramarital affair as a likely motive in the deaths of two Dartmouth College professors.

The Globe published a story Friday based on interviews with three law enforcement officials who said the murders were most likely the result of an affair involving Half Zantop, who was found dead in his home Jan. 27 along with his wife, Susanne.

Authorities immediately said the article was inaccurate and have since charged two Chelsea, Vt., teen-agers with first-degree murder.

In a letter to readers Wednesday, Globe editor Matthew V. Storin said that after the story appeared, the Globe held several additional discussions with its sources, who said the information they supplied was correct to the best of their knowledge at the time.

``However, in light of the current focus on teenage suspects Robert W. Tulloch and James J. Parker, the sources now concede that the extramarital affair theory is not correct,″ Storin wrote.

Storin said the paper had every reason to believe its sources had up-to-date information.

``It was certainly never our intent to increase the suffering of the Zantop family, their friends, or the Dartmouth College community, and we express regret for the pain our story undoubtedly caused them,″ he wrote.

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