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Former Mayor of Detroit (Kwame Kilpatrick) Blamed for the Murder of An Exotic Dancer by Her Daughter via TikTok

Ashly Jackson, the daughter of slain exotic dancer and nursing student, Tamara Green from Detroit, took to TikTok to blame the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, for the 2003 murder of her mother. The rumors of Kwame's involvement in the murder have lingered throughout the years. 

Tamara allegedly had an affair with Kwame and was allegedly attacked by his then-wife, Carlita, while performing exotic dancing at his mansion. According to, fellow stripper Tamika Ruffin, who reportedly performed at the Kilpatrick family's Manoogian mansion with Green, alleged she saw the former Mayor's wife walk in on the party and physically attack Green as she danced for the Mayor. This information is based on a legal brief Tamara's family's lawyer, Norman Yatooma, obtained. Yet the Kilpatrick's denied that the altercation or the party at the mansion occurred. According to retired Detroit Fire EMS, Lt. Michael Kearns, he received a 911 call from a woman who said her name was Tammy Greene, who told him she was dancing at a party at the Manoogian and got assaulted by the Mayor's then-wife. Kearns said Tamara was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The alleged physical altercation reportedly caused the 27-year-old mother to seek a financial payout from the Mayor before her death—she was allegedly beaten with an object. The alleged connection between Tamara and the Kilpatrick's funneled the rumor that Kwame ordered the shooting death of the mother of three instead of paying her off. 

Tamara Green

Other rumors claim the mother of three was killed because of her boyfriend. On the day of her death, a car reportedly pulled up and someone opened fire as she was dropping her boyfriend off. The boyfriend was shot multiple times, yet he survived his injuries. Retired police officer Mike Carlisle, who worked the murder case, told the Detroit Free Press, "Tamara Greene, the bottom line, was in the wrong place at the wrong time; that's all this comes down to."

The Green family claimed in a lawsuit that the former Mayor sabotaged the murder investigation to protect himself and his wife at the time. The family's attorney put up  $100,000 for information about the murder. Yatooma, on behalf of Greene's children, sued the city of Detroit, claiming it quashed the investigation into her death at every turn. The suit was eventually dismissed after the judge said they lacked evidence, according to The mystery surrounding this case continues. Interviews from different parties who reportedly have firsthand knowledge of the situation can be heard on 'The Murder of Tamara Greene' episode of the 'Crimetown' podcast on Spotify. 

In 2008, Kilpatrick stepped down as Mayor after being found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. In 2013, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for a plethora of charges, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. President Trump commuted his sentence in 2021. 

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