Iran Unrest Gives Former U.S. Embassy Hostages Hope For Justice After 36 Years

David M. Roeder remembers sitting handcuffed to a chair in a dingy Tehran cell as his Iranian interrogators made a bid for his cooperation.

They started by telling him the precise time a bus picked up his son—born with a form of cerebral palsy—at his Virginia home. Then they told him the special education school it drove him to. Then the time he was returned. The details were all correct. His child was being watched.

Roeder’s captors had threatened to not only kidnap his son, but to dismember him—but his fingers and toes would be the first to go, they said.

It was 1979 at the Embassy of the United States, Tehran, just months after the Iranian revolution had swept across the country and led to the formation of the Islamic Republic. Roeder was part of a group of 52 American diplomats and citizens held hostage and tortured by Iranian students for 444 days from 1979 to 1981.

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