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January 1, Dartmouth Professors’ Killer Granted Parole: Shocking Decision Unveiled



In a shocking decision, James Parker, who participated in the murder of two Dartmouth professors nearly 25 years ago, has been granted parole. Parker, now almost 40 years old, was only 16 when he and accomplice Robert Tulloch killed Half and Susanne Zantop in their New Hampshire home.

The gruesome crime took place in 2001. The two teenagers convinced the Zantops they were conducting a survey on climate issues. The boys, who believed they needed $10,000 to move to Australia, stabbed the couple to death but only made off with $340 from Half’s wallet. They were eventually caught after leaving incriminating evidence behind at the scene.

Parker recently told New Hampshire’s state parole board that his actions were “unimaginably horrible.” He went on to say, “I know there’s not an amount of time of things I can do to change it or alleviate any pain I’ve caused. I’m just deeply sorry.”

Those who knew Parker and Tulloch in high school described them as “class clowns.” Their actions shocked their community, as they were not known to be violent.

During his time in prison, Parker has maintained a “stellar” disciplinary record, according to his attorney Cathy Green. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees while incarcerated and participated in various prison activities, including acting in jailhouse theatrical productions and helping to develop educational guidelines for inmates.

Green told a news outlet, “He knows that nothing he can say or do will bring solace to the family and friends of the Zantops.” She added that Parker is grateful for the parole board’s decision and plans to respect the Zantop family by not speaking to the media.

Parker could be released as early as next month. Meanwhile, Robert Tulloch, who received a mandatory sentence of life without parole for first-degree murder, is scheduled for a new sentencing hearing in June.

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