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Revisiting the West Memphis Three

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The New York Times' Shaila Dewan has filed an interesting report from West Memphis, Arkansas, where three young boys were found horrifically murdered 16 years ago, and where three teenagers—dubbed the West Memphis Three—were convicted of the crime in a sham trial that relied on false testimony, moral panic over heavy metal music, and an "occult expert" with a mail-order PhD. As Dewan tells it, after years of denying that the teenagers could possibly have been railroaded, many locals are now willing to accept that a terrible miscarriage of justice might have occurred:

To Shaun Hair, 30, who left West Memphis for college after the killings, it was a jolt to hear friends and neighbors begin questioning the verdict. "I was like, 'That's stupid, quit buying the hype,' " he said.

But when Mr. Hair, who returned to the area in 1999 and now works as a criminal defense lawyer, re-examined the case, he found it troubling. "If I were the defense attorney," he said, "I would want a retrial."

Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Misskelley are serving life sentences; Mr. Echols is on death row. Their convictions were based on an error-riddled confession by Mr. Misskelley, who later recanted, and testimony about satanic cults. Scant physical evidence was presented.

Just to be clear about it: Despite leading questions and repeated prompts from the police officers who were present, the "confession" of 17-year-old Jesse Misskelley—a high school dropout with an IQ of 72—was wrong about virtually every significant aspect of the crime. Misskelley claimed that the boys were anally raped, though the medical examiner found no such evidence. He said the boys were bound with rope (it was shoelaces), that only their hands were tied (they were tied hand to foot), and that one boy could kick his legs "up in the air." Misskelley repeatedly stated that the killings took place in the morning and that the victims had skipped school—yet the victims were present in school until 2:45 p.m. that day. As Mara Leveritt, author of the best book on the case, has written, "Every detective in the room knew, even if Jessie did not, that the statement was absurd." Yet it was Misskelley's words that directly led to the arrests of the other two.

For more on this outrageous case, see here.

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  1. Damon, I think you’re poaching on Radley’s turf, here.

    We don’t let just anyone kick us in the ‘nads, you know.

  2. I concur. We don’t need 2 of you simultaneously depressing us and pissing us off with these inexplicable outrages. One is plenty, thank you.

  3. “Despite leading questions and repeated prompts from the police officers who were present, the “confession” of 17-year-old Jesse Misskelley?a high school dropout with an IQ of 72?was wrong about virtually every significant aspect of the crime.”

    As would any moron be.

    “Misskelley claimed that the boys were anally raped, though the medical examiner found no such evidence.

    Well, he IS a moron.

    “He said the boys were bound with rope (it was shoelaces)”

    To a moron there is no difference.

    “that only their hands were tied (they were tied hand to foot)”

    Well, he IS a moron.

    “and that one boy could kick his legs “up in the air.””

    Did you forget he is a moron?

    “Misskelley repeatedly stated that the killings took place in the morning and that the victims had skipped school?yet the victims were present in school until 2:45 p.m. that day”

    You expect a fucking moron to remember details like this? That’s the whole point. He’s a moron. His initial testimony was moronic, as was his recanting.

    1. Now hold on here. Are you implying that everything a moron does is moronic? Don’t they have, like, moron geniuses or something?

    2. YOU SIR, ARE A MORON!

  4. Someone needs to do a comprhensive review of all the shit that went on during the whole 80’s ritual satanic sex abuse panic. The way these cases keep turning up like this, it gets pretty obvious there’s a lot of corpses still burried in the yard.

    1. Maybe Debbie Nathan’s working on one.

  5. Meanwhile, the real killer is free as a bird. Well done, West Memphis PD. I’ll remember this next time some leftist tells me that only the police should be allowed to have guns.

    1. Actually, as it happens, the real killer is most likely dead. The two documentaries made about the killings and trial present some interesting circumstantial evidence that the real killer was the father of one of the victims(for example, once it was announced that teeth marks had been identified on one of the victims, the man had all his teeth removed and disposed of, without explanation). He died some years ago.

      1. umm….you’re wrong….The man who had his teeth removed was the step father of one of the little boys who was murdered (Christopher Byers) The man’s name is John Mark Byers and he is very much alive.

        but…anyway….the correct men are in prison….learn the truth…
        http://www.downonthefarm.org/w…../index.php

        1. You might want to host that forum somewhere with a little better security.

          1. what do you mean by that, dave??

            1. Just that going to that domain directly took me to index file. I don’t know crap about hacking but if I could find that by just typing in the domain, there is something wrong. I wasn’t insinuating anything.

              Not only *might* it open the forum up for something you don’t want, but it’s also tacky and unprofessional.

              1. that link brings you to the home page where you sign-in to the discussion board. Without siging in you have only limited access to certain topics to read and you are not able to post anything at all until you “join”. The index page is where it should take you so it’s doing exactly what it was designed to do…..I am not the “owner” of that board but I know he knows what he is doing but in terms of “hacking” LOL…I’m not sure exactly why someone would hack a disussion board…..I’m not sure how the index page of a discussion board can look unprofessional and tacky but ok…?? if you say so.

  6. these inexplicable outrages

    They’re not inexplicable. The explanation is just something you don’t want to know.

    Cases like this show what people secure power over others in order to do to them, and what the majority of those who can’t nut up and do it themselves want to see happen to other people.

    Explicked, yo.

  7. “Every detective in the room knew, even if Jessie did not, that the statement was absurd.” Yet it was Misskelley’s words that directly led to the arrests of the other two.

    I am, of course, a naive idealist, and an armchair prosecutor, as it were. But I can’t help sitting here thinking that someone in the police department or prosecutor’s office should have cared about finding the people who actually did the deed.

    Bueller?

    Bueller?

  8. It’s not like any of these three guys was going to cure cancer.

    1. Well then again neither are you… and you gotta admit you really haven’t done much at all for society. I think it might be time to do us a favor and put yourself out of our misery.

      1. I helped rid the world of Saddam Hussein.

        1. You’re an Iraqi hangman?

  9. someone in the police department or prosecutor’s office should have cared about finding the people who actually did the deed

    Even if the testimony and evidence shouldn’t have held up in trial, it doesn’t mean that these kids didn’t do it, or that there was any evidence pointing to anyone else. That said, it was probably the butler in the kitchen with the candle stick… BOOM, Solved!

    1. Dumbass, the fact that they’d put on testimony that shouldn’t hold up, and they clearly knew was nonsense, is pretty clear evidence that they were more concerned with getting a conviction than making sure they were convicting the actual perpetrators.

      1. Dipshit, using bad evidence doesn’t preclude the prossecuters from thinking they had the right people.

        1. using bad evidence doesn’t preclude the prossecuters from thinking they had the right people

          Yes, it does. No reasonable person assumes guilt on the basis of bad evidence. When you say “the evidence is bad but I know they’re guilty”, what you’re saying is “I can know somebody is guilty without any evidence”.

          1. No it doesn’t.

            There can be evidence that’s not admissible.

  10. The two documentaries about these kids (well, adults now) are pretty decent and worth checking out. Paradise Lost Part 1 and 2.

    1. At the end of the first documentary, there is plenty of reasonable doubt that the three youths committed the crimes. I couldn’t understand how anyone could vote to convict.

      By the end of the second movie, there is a very credible alternate theory of the crime.

      Three three men should have been released along time ago.

  11. This case is a very good argument for the prosecution of police officers who participate and collaborate in railroadings like this.

    I want to bitchslap the defence attorney, what kind of moron lost this case? A bigger one than gave that testimony, that’s for sure.

    1. The only thing worse that a government-provided laywer would be a government-provided surgeon 😉

      1. there is a difference between public defenders and court appointed attornies. Public defenders are some of the best lawyers as are government paid emergency room doctors/surgeons. If you have a gunshot wound you want to be taken to Cook County Hospital if you plan to survive. They can save a life in the parking lot, broom closet, elevator or hallway with the most decrepit equipment in the most sparse environment with no sleep. If you live in a war zone like Chicago’s West side you want a government surgeon, the ones at the County hospital because that is your best chance for survival.

        1. court appointed attornies get on a list because they don’t get much front door business. They are known to plea their clients and make alot of money carrying huge caseloads of poor f*ckers who are going to plea no matter what. Very few people qualify for an actual public defender, one has to be truly indigent. Court appointed, not so much. Sometimes you just have to not want to pay, but you will get what you pay for most times. Time

          1. also, most court appointed attornies couldn’t identify their client in a line-up.

    2. Watch Paradise Lost Part 1. It shows the whole trial. The defense attorneys actually did a pretty good job. It was the jury that fucked up. They bought into the whole “the scary kid must have done it” theory. It was disgracful. They should have gotten a change of venue.

      1. I have watched both. And I agree, the jury is totally responsible for this cluster-fuck.

        However, one can never let an opportunity for a good joke to pass.

        1. Johnny Cochrane couldn’t have gotten the Salem Witches off.

          When I was in 5th grade, my science teacher taught us a bit of astronomy. Some stupid girl went home and told her mom she was being taught astrology. TV crews descended on the school and the teacher was accused of teaching occult stuff to the kids. Teacher nearly got fired.

          I lived about 400 miles from these poor guys, apparently in a place that looked positively cosmopolitan compared to West Memphis.

          Those kids were screwed. With a jury in a satanic panic, it just doesn’t matter. The goat will be scaped.

          1. With a jury in a satanic panic, it just doesn’t matter. The goat will be scaped.

            Or sacrificed, as the case may be.

      2. Juries and democracy are dangerous because let’s face it, the typical juror, like the typical voter, is an idiot you wouldn’t trust to walk your dog much less decide on matters of life and death.

    3. the “moron” Jessie Miskelley didn’t give testimony, the confession was thrown out before trial (although it’s now surfaced that the juries for Jason and Damien used it since it was leaked in the press). Also, this is the reason for the Rule 37 hearings on IAC currently in Judge Burnett’s hands. I’m pretty sure everyone knows where that is going, under the same rug. He completely dismissed the DNA evidence submitted by Damien’s defense team without even a hearing. It’s curiouser and curiouser. “They” are going to need a bigger rug soon.

  12. I agree that they were convicted for the wrong reasons and deserve a new trial, probably in another district. However, having spent hours going over the transcripts of the trial and other documents relating to the case (all of which are available at http://callahan.8k.com/ for you to peruse if you have the time to kill), I happen think they are guilty. Others have come to the opposite conclusion looking at the same data, but I would encourage anyone interested to look at the documents available themselves rather than relying on books or films that, admittedly, are biased one way or the other.

    1. Everyone knows fruits are biased too!

      1. I can’t deny it.

  13. While we’re slapping people around, let’s not forget the judge. He could have put a stop to this farce at any time, up to and including the point at which the jury announced in verdict.

    1. He could have refused to admit Miskelly’s confession as unreliable and coerced. That would have ended it right there. And if he built a decent record, the state would have played hell over turning him on appeal. But to do that would have required a pair of balls, something few if any judges have.

      1. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Jesse’s confession was not allowed in but it had been splashed all over the papers. I believe even this judge knew it was an obvious fraud. In fact jury members for the other 2 have given affidavits admitting they used it during their deliberations. I think that evidence may still be pending somewheres in one of dem dare Ark-kansas courts.

  14. Questioning the results of the trial, some residents said, is tantamount to questioning the local police, prosecutors and judges, and can feel like disloyalty to the victims … There is a strong urge to move on.

    “I bet if you polled three-fourths of West Memphis,” [longtime resident Otto Bailey] said, “they would say those boys had nothing to do with it.”

    Okay, that makes sense.

    1. One might consider letting the real murder go and convicting innocents to be disloyalty to the victims.

    2. There is a strong urge to move on.

      I’ve come to the conclusion that anytime someone says that they just want to move on, they’re guilty of something. Chances are the people in this town that just want to move on know something is/was very wrong and are too cowardly to do anything about and certainly too weak to handle remembering/revisiting it.

  15. Ah, but I was involved in this case.

    1. Yeah, but we apparently weren’t

  16. Even if the testimony and evidence shouldn’t have held up in trial, it doesn’t mean that these kids didn’t do it

    Sorry. That gets them off the hook how?

    A “confession” by a suspect who can’t even get the basics right—little stuff like how many limbs were bound and what time of day it happened—might not put that guy in the clear, but is sure as hell isn’t something you go to trial on.

    1. I was responding to the idea that the “real killers are free as a bird” or that the prosecuters should have continued looking for other suspects. [Luckily] police resources are not unlimited: even if these kids shouldn’t have been convicted it doesn’t mean that the cops should have been looking for someone else.

      1. I don’t know nearly enough about the case to have an opinion as to whether the right people are locked up.

        1. But that doesn’t keep you from interjecting an ill-informed opinion 😉

          1. Nice emmitticons…

            1. well the cop with all their limited resources, went through the drive through at the Bojangles where a call came in about the time of the murders of a bloody guy cleaning up in their bathroom with a gunshot wound. That was the extent of it. A whole roll of toilet paper used to sop up the blood was disgarded in a dumpster the rest was lost by the police.

  17. After watching Paradise Lost 1, I had the fealing that the three of them were incredibly stupid and unsympathetic kids who were about as likly to rape and kill three kids as they were to take up quantum theory.

    But, people don’t like “we don’t know” or “maybe” as answers when it relates to shocking high profile crimes. It was a horrible crime and someone had to pay. And these three were in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the end, the wierdo step dad was as likely as anyone to have done it. But, we will never know.

  18. “It’s not like any of these three guys was going to cure cancer.”

    Well neither are you, so I’ll go ahead and volunteer your name to be the scapegoat the next time a child killing psychopath needs to be put on trial.

    I haven’t seen the documentaries but it is quite surprising the defense attorney couldn’t get *1* jurer to disagree with the others.

    Also, there was no mention of an appeal being made…different judge, different jury.

    The judge should be removed from his position as it seems that most of the testimony came from an 8 year old boy, who could easily influenced, and the confession of another boy with an IQ of 72.

    Moreover, it seems that none of the boys had very stable family lives – parents, step parents, adoptions, divorces all over the place.

    1. “The judge should be removed from his position as it seems that most of the testimony came from an 8 year old boy, who could easily influenced, and the confession of another boy with an IQ of 72.”

      And this is relevant because as the judge, it would his duty to advise the jury to take this into account when hearing testimony, prevent lawyers from leading the witnesses around by the nose, and generally being responsible for the quality of evidence presented in his courtroom.

    2. It’s too bad the disgusting step-dad got away with it, but at least the jury prevented these three toads from doing the terrible things they were destined to do.

  19. Oh George, you so crazy.

    1. Thanks so much

  20. I can only presume George is a new spoofer.

    Not as funny as Yet Another Domestic Terrorist was though. (Wish we’d seen more of him.)

    1. Intermittent, not completely new.

  21. Having seen the documentary this case is another instance of defendants lying when the truth would actually serve them better.

    One of them was the claim the “Damien” Echols changed his name after some obscure saint/priest and not after the kid from the Omen. Maybe that’s what he told his parents, but that’s bull.

    It’s what outcast kids do, they make token meaningless gestures to shock and annoy those around them in order to garner attention.

    When the truth has no bearing on your innocence or guilt in a murder trial, the most damage you can to do yourself is to lie.

  22. Misskelley’s initial confession was not wrong “wrong about virtually every significant aspect of the crime”. It was wrong about a few details, which he later admitted intentionally lying about in order to confuse police.

    And what about Misskelley’s two voluntary post-conviction confessions, which matched the evidence completely? Defenders of the WM3 like to pretend those never happened.

    These three guys are obviously guilty. Reason embarrasses itself by continuing to treat them as victims.

  23. “””And what about Misskelley’s two voluntary post-conviction confessions, which matched the evidence completely?”””

    So your point is that he got his story straight after hearing about the details during the trial?

    1. I think he means that the boy confessed three times. Even a person with a poor IQ will quit saying, “We did it, we did it.” Also, he wasn’t too stupid to remember the trial evidence? Is that what you are saying so he really isn’t a moron? Which way do you want it… poor retarded kid was forced to testify 3 times… or a regular kid (not deficient) got the evidence right because he heard it during court?

  24. Damon, thanks for bringing this case to the attention of your readers. I’ve been following the case of the WM3 since college, when I took a class the subject of which was Mind Control. We covered stuff like communist re-education, cults, coerced confessions, and basically the ways in which the mind can be tricked into believing something is true. This was one of the cases we studied in relation to both coerced confessions and the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic that reached its height around the time of this case, and tied in with all sort of other psychology hokum that was popular at the time: repressed memories, multiple personality disorder, etc. (If you want to read about a really insane case, check out this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ingram

    Anyhow, in my opinion this is one of the most tragic miscarriages of justice in a country full of them. I’ll let people draw their own conclusions, as there has been quite a lot written about this case, but when people like Daze insist on their guilt, keep in mind that to this day there is not one piece of physical evidence linking any of the WM3 to the crime scene. DNA tests were performed in 2007 and they again found nothing link the WM3 to the crime scene. They did, however, find a hair belonging to one of the boys’ stepfathers tangled in one of the knots used to bind the boys’ limbs.

    John Mark Byers, the father of one of the victims mentioned above, who is a prominent character in the Paradise Lost docs, was also not implicated by the DNA testing, and despite him being a class-A weirdo, I don”t think he was the killer. It’s worth noting, however, that he and several other parents of the murdered boys now believe the WM3 to be innocent as well.

    Miskelley, whose IQ is borderline retarded, was interrogated for 12 hours straight by police without a lawyer or his parents present. Of the 12 hours, 46 minutes were recorded.

    I’d love to see the links that Daze can provide about his post conviction confessions that “matched the evidence completely,” but still: not a shred of physical evidence.

    Three boys were killed, and three teenagers are spending their lives in jail based on a coerced confession and a jury that was terrified of Metallica. Weak.

  25. I should also note that I’ve listened to the Miskelley “confession” tapes, and I’d love to see someone who insists that the WM3 are guilty listen to those tapes and tell me with a straight face that the scared kid talking on those tapes was enough of a criminal mastermind that he and two other kids he knew from school were able to kidnap three boys, strangle them and horribly mutilate their bodies, transport the bodies to a creek bed and dump them, and yet somehow manage to not leave behind a shred of evidence! Surely, the crack team at the West Memphis PD would have found a boot print, a spot of blood, a carpet fiber, a coil of rope that matched that used to bind the boys limbs, something, anything to physically link the WM3 to the crime.

    The fact is the police were under tremendous pressure to solve the case. After the bodies were found, a media firestorm descended on the town, along with the Satanic Ritual Abuse hucksters who of course claimed that the brutal nature of the killing pointed toward Satanic Cult activity. The WM3 were singled out because the wore black and listened to Metallica, and that was as close to a suspicious person as you could find in West Memphis, AR.

  26. “So your point is that he got his story straight after hearing about the details during the trial?”

    No. My point is that he made a full confession, twice, with no incentive or benefit to himself, after his conviction.

    WM3 defenders can’t explain away these confessions, so they usually ignore them.

    Then there are the many documented cases of Damien Echols publicly bragging about the crime before his arrest.

    There was no miscarriage of justice. The trial had its farcical side, but they caught and convicted the real killers.

    1. Your claim is that he lied in his first confession and you are offering his greater of the particulars in his confession after the trial as proof. I’m merely pointing out that everyone involved had a greater knowledge of the particulars after the trial.

      Him having greater knowledge after he heard it in court does not mean he knew it prior to the trial.

  27. Daze, bolstering his already airtight case with a heaping helping of hearsay. Funny that a criminal mastermind like Echols would be dumb enough to brag about killing three kids, in a small town where everyone knows each other no less. Funny that none of those people came forward, since it’s doubtful they weren’t aware of the crime.

    1. Echols didn’t brag about it because he was “dumb”, he bragged because he was mentally ill.

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  29. If all you know of the case is Paradise Lost and the pro-WM3 propaganda, you should read up at http://callahan.8k.com/.

    Anyone who reviews the evidence with an open mind will see that the case against the WM3 is overwhelming. They were guilty.

    Start with Jesse Misskelley’s post-conviction confession. If you can read this and still believe the WM3 are innocent, there’s no arguing with you.

    http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jmfeb.html

    Your claim is that he lied in his first confession …

    Yes. Oddly enough, that was also Jesse’s claim.

    ======
    DAVIS: Ok. Now you said before when the police asked you in their statement and asked you what they were tied up with. And you said they were tied up with rope. Ah..

    MISSKELLEY: I made that up.

    DAVIS: Why?

    MISSKELLEY: Tied to get off, you know get’m off track.
    ======

    “Funny that a criminal mastermind like Echols would be dumb enough to brag about killing three kids”

    Who said he was a criminal mastermind? Like it or not, several people reported hearing Damien brag about the killings. Go to “documents” and read statements by Christy VanVickle, Jodee Medford, Jackee Medford, Katie LaFoy and Brandy Wilson.

    Maybe every one of these people was lying as part of a conspiracy to frame the WM3. The usual pro-WM3 tack is to pretend none of this evidence exists.

  30. I read that. We discussed that statement in class. It’s pretty unconvincing. I mean, come on, he says he’s meeting them to go get girls (they invited a retarded kid they barely knew to be their wingman?), then they go into the woods for some reason, kill a couple kids on a whim, then he leaves for wrestling? (What happened to chasing tail with Damien and Jason?) Just your average summer day. He can’t remember any specific details except for the stuff he learned at trial: the shoelaces, the scout uniform, the castration. None of that stuff was in his first confession.

    What happened to his bloody t-shirt and wet jeans? His parents didn’t remark on that? Ask him why he was wet?

    But again. Again. Again. Three teenagers decide on a whim to brutally murder and mutilate a couple kids and the police find no blood, no DNA, no shoe prints, zilch.

    Also, I should mention that the Miskelley confession was deemed inadmissible in the trial of Echols, but the jury foreman read news accounts of it and there is evidence that he not only introduced this evidence into deliberations, but discussed those deliberations with a lawyer, who has signed a sworn affadavit saying as much. Just one of the angles that the WM3’s new lawyers are using to try and get a new trial.

  31. Pete, thanks. This is the only case I’ve supported financially — even bought the t-shirts, and I don’t mean it as a joke. I have started a movement (I hope) to require all on-duty law enforcement to wear an all-day, always-on, WiFi-connected audio/video recorder. And my challenge to honest cops — and secondarily to cop groupies and supporters, right-wing religious nutcases, and GOP law-and-order zealots — is this: How long are you going to let the 30% (50%?) of your colleagues that are corrupt get away with it? You all know it happens, and 99% of you stay behind that blue line. And you wonder why law enforcement and government authority in general are held in such low esteem? I am sick to death of it. Look at Gov. Rick Perry in Texas justifying the execution of what appears to be an innocent man, on evidence that has no support from arson experts at all. That’s right, just close ranks, close your eyes, and hold your fingers up in the sign of the cross — maybe it will all go away.

    I’m disgusted by it.

    Wow, quite a digression. I just wanted to thank Pete, really, and then whoosh … out comes the soap box. But I will not let this one go. And “Daze” needs to add a “d” to the end of that handle…

  32. I wonder if Mr Echol’s supporters (the 3 people who took his calls, etc.) ever apologized to Mr Byers. They were pretty tough on him, especially the woman. They promised to apologize, so I hope they made good on their word. He seems like a pretty beat-up man in need of a break from someone.

  33. THEY ARE GUILTY
    and echols was the ring leader ,i came accross a very disturbing set of document
    tallying years of serious mental behaviour in echols scary stuff ,,if you have not read it ,,do yourself a favour ,,then you to will belive in there guilt

    1. where did you find these documents? I would like to know why is that you think they are all guilty based on echols mental problems. Just because echols has mental problems does not mean that baldwin and misskelley are guilty.

  34. I am glad to see there are some people on here who see these guys for being guilty as charged. Please read or listen to the actual case, instead of getting your fact from a movie “Based on a true story”. The lack of evidence, DNA or otherwise is due to the fact the kids were submerged in water for a period of time. While the circumstantial evidence is just that, it doesn’t mean it isn’t valid. Look at Echols psycholical reports. You can’t tell me the guy was crazy when it benefits him, and then turn around and claim he is sane when it benefits him. The guys is disturbed, and very capable of doing this. Miskelley may not be the brightest, but he knew WAY to much about what was going on and how it happened to NOT have been involved. He even acknowledged homosexual activity leading up to and including what transpired, not something you are just going to “make up” on a whim. He admitted that they had a club or a cult and that they killed a dog and ate part of it as well, these guys were definitely behaving as if in their own world. If the cops had spoon fed the story to Miskelley, they would ahve pinned him down on the shoe strings, but instead let him work thru his whole ‘rope’ story. Miskelley new which kid had suffered the most abuse, and in what fashion–info that had not been released, and had no reason to implicate the other 2 any more then he did to simply pick out someone else living in West Memphis at the time. Please read Echols Psych evaluations done BEFORE the murders and think about how Miskelley knows so much and implicates those involved. I also would suggest how this murder lends itself to the fact that more then one person was involved in the murders and Miskelleys confession overwhelmingly jives with this. Too many things point to the fact that they have the right guys in jail, and I have yet to hear a conclusive plea of innocence and supporting alibi’s. Even given ample time in jail, these guys haven’t figured out how to come up with a solid alibi other then to say they didn’t do it. Please look at the facts people.

    1. You CLEARLY have not read the transcript of Jessie’s “confession.” He was interrogated for more than twelve hours, yet only 45 minutes of it was recorded. The details you seem to believe he knew way too much about were beyond inaccurate. Everything from the time the murders took place to how the boys were killed and tied, was incorrect. The police DID lead Jessie into the most accurate confession they possibly could have. None of us have any idea what was said before “RECORD” was pushed, but for those of us who have heard the confession, it’s easy to assume that significant details were hammered into Jessie’s brain prior to his own confession. The police also corrected Jessie numerous times during the confession, and asked VERY specific questions that gave their desired answers away; he merely repeated after them. It’s also humorous to me that you’re so focused on the “facts” that put them in prison, yet you’re failing to see how many flaws there were in the entire process leading up the their convictions. Regardless of whether or not they did commit these murders, they were convicted based on insubstantial evidence and highly flawed investigation procedures, while our “justice” system is supposed to stand by fairness and legitimate proof. The “facts” all point to their innocence. What Damien’s psychiatric reports say is irrelevant. He was a CHILD, too. He was 17 years old; finding himself and his independence. The fact that he was different is why he’s awaiting death right now. You can’t see past that, and that’s really sad to see in modern-day America.

  35. As far as the psychiatric reports go, this is a child. According to your rationale, if someone saw my psychiatric reports several years ago right after a triple-homicide, I guarantee you I would go to prison. That goes for A LOT of people. Take a look at Damien’s life before any of this even took place… it was complete shit. He grew up in poverty, in a dysfunctional family, with unhealthy relationships with his parents and step-father. I mean, c’mon, for anyone who has had any experience in mental health, someone’s mental state at 17 alone doesn’t make them a murderer. We’re talking about a KID here, at the prime age that people begin to search for who they are and who they want to be.

    A small, church-soaked town in Arkansas panicked after three little boys were killed. Who else are they going to look at when they have no clues? Damien’s juvenile probation officer happened to bring his name up. He wore black, listened to Metallica, so obviously he did it. People want to believe our country can protect us, so they’re blindsided to the corruption involved in this case and SO many others.

  36. For thoes who think these boys are guilty, Please, grow a brain guilty by media just like lindy chamberlin here in australia 6 victims in this case the real killer still out there watching your kids…And with a red neck judge like that….what the, they are supposed to look at facts not take sides like a child he is mornan #1

  37. PL1 and PL2 are completely biased. You people really think they showed all of the court footage? They edited it to make it look like the wm3 were innocent. Do your own research and you will see the truth. Maybe you should check out http://www.downonthefarm.org/w…../index.php before you go claiming their innocence. I was a supporter of the wm3 after I had watched PL1 and 2, but then I decided to do a little research on my own and now see the truth. You should also check out Echol’s medical records. You can find that info on the link above.

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