Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Chris Tapp: Idaho; Free at last; Reaction; (Part 1): Bulletin: False confession case; Local News 8 reports that: "Many people had the chance to hold Tapp for the first time in 20 years. Some even had to reintroduce themselves to him because it had been so long." Reporter Pheben Kassahun; Local News 8; March 22, 2017.
"It was an emotional day for those who know Christopher Tapp personally. A father and son said Tapp was at their house around the night he was accused of the murder of Angie Dodge. "We love him. We've missed him. Glad to see him," Mike Hope said. People with tears of joy gathered on the front lawn of the Bonneville County Court House, on Wednesday. He was greeted with open arms and kisses from everyone. Many people had the chance to hold Tapp for the first time in 20 years. Some even had to reintroduce themselves to him because it had been so long. That is exactly what happened when Tapp saw Mike and Jason Hope. Mike Hope said the night Tapp was accused of Angie Dodge's murder, Tapp was actually at Mike's house. He tried to convince police but he had no luck. "He used to come over to our house and play computer games all the time. We was pretty sure that, that night that he was accused of this, we thought he was at our house playing games, so I donated the hard drive on my computer to see if his name was on there for high scores," Mike Hope said. He said he does not know if officials ever found Tapp's name on the high score list."