A former star of WWE has claimed that he killed a man who tried to sexually assault him.
Marty Jannetty, who rose to fame in the 1980s in the Rockers tag team with Shawn Michaels, said in a Facebook post that he made a man "disappear" behind a bowling alley where he once worked. Jannetty said he was 13 then, and he had stepped outside with an older coworker to purchase marijuana from him.
As he told it:
“I was 13, working at Victory Lanes bowling alley, buying weed from a fag that worked there.. and he put his hands on me.. he dragged me around to the back of the building.. you already know what he was gonna try to do," Jannetty wrote.
“That was the very first time I made a man disappear.. they never found him.. they shoulda looked in the Chattahoochie [sic] River."
Jannetty was born in Columbus, Ga. He is now 60, meaning the alleged killing would have occurred around 1973. Records indicate that a Victory Lanes Family Bowling Center existed in the city adjacent to the Chattahoochee River.
Jannetty deleted the Facebook post but reaffirmed his story Wednesday in an interview with the Millennium Wrestling Federation. He offered more details about the incident, saying the man had grabbed his crotch while they were exchanging a bag of weed in a car. In his account, the man grabbed him by the hair and dragged him behind the building.
"If I couldn't have handled myself, that dude would have raped me," he said of his attacker, who he estimated stood at 6 feet tall.
Jannetty said he was "scared" in the moment and saw a nearby brick as a means to beat off his attacker. Killing him was not his intention, he said, and it was an act of self-defense: "I can't say he deserved to be killed. I can't say he deserved to die, but he deserved to get his ass beat, and when I was beating him in the head with the brick, I was only trying to beat his ass — I wasn't trying to kill him."
The experience of "dragging him to the river and throwing him in and finding out on the news this guy's missing" had an impact on the teen. "It hurt me and I made my mind up that day: No one would ever hurt me again."
He added that he has "got nothing against gay people."
The Facebook post has sparked an investigation from the Columbus Police Department. "Right now we are looking at it as a missing person case," Captain Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick told People. "We are trying to reach out to people who may have been here during that timeframe or know something about someone missing during that timeframe to give us some insight."
"It is a serious allegation. It is a serious post," Joyce said.
Listen to the interview below.