Did They Get it Right? The Rafay Family Murders


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Episode 167: On July 13, 1994, just after 2:00 am, police responded to a 911 call from Sebastian Burns, 18. Sebastian and his friend, Atif Rafay, also 18, claimed they had discovered ‘some kind of break in’ and multiple deaths at Atif’s family home in Bellevue, Washington. A bloody crime scene awaited the first responders. All three of the victims, Tariq and Sultana, Atif’s parents and his sister, Basma, had been bludgeoned to death. Right away, something felt off to the Bellevue Police, who focused their attention on the pair of young men who’d reported the crime. But did they get it right?
United States of America v. Burns, 1997 CanLII 3271 (BC CA), <https://canlii.ca/t/1dzl0>
United States v. Burns, 2001 SCC 7 (CanLII), [2001] 1 SCR 283, <https://canlii.ca/t/523r>
[168 Wn. App. 734, STATE V. RAFAY]
[Rafay Burns Appeal Site]
[Sebastian Burns 911 Call - YouTube]
[On the Margins of Freedom | The Walrus]
[Written In Blood - CBS News]
[Confessions of Murder ; Exposing the False Confessions Created from the Mr. Big Stings by Alan R. Warren | eBooks - Scribd]
[The wrongful convictions of Sebastian Burns and … - En Vero]
[Give Them Enough Rope - Shawn Blore]
[YouTube - Sebastian Burns Pre-Sentence Statement Part 1 of 6]

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