This list of inconsistencies and outright lies was compiled by WM3 case researcher Fred J.
The West Memphis Three: A Deal with the Devil Were the West Memphis Three, released in after a high-profile innocence campaign, guilty after all? The film makes a persuasive case that the accused men - Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin suffered a miscarriage of justice; victims of a prejudiced police and legal system that discriminated against them because they were weird kids who dressed in black and liked heavy metal music.
Many similar films have documented sad true stories of minorities, misfits and outsiders been railroaded and wrongly convicted of heinous crimes by small minded, conservative legal systems. The films thesis The west memphis three were guilty the familiar pattern.
Damien Echols and his friends were scary and strange teenagers, who liked heavy metal music and even indulged in satanic rituals in the woods.
When three young boys are murdered and dumped, hog-tied and naked in local woodland, provincial-minded police quickly focused, with scant evidence, on the teenagers as the likely perpetrators.
But what if the prejudice in this case was the other way round?
What if the real distortions and manipulations were committed by the films, rather than the prosecution? Is it possible there was a genuine case against the three men, one that is a lot stronger than depicted in Paradise Lost?
Could liberal audiences, rightly outraged by similar miscarriages, have rushed to their own judgments? This possibility has been almost entirely overlooked by the extraordinary juggernaut created by Paradise Lost.
Although never actually exonerated of the crime, so great was the negative publicly generated against the Arkansaw justice system that an unusual and little-used legal technicality was negotiated between the defense team and the state and the three men were finally released after serving 18 years of their sentences.
The story fixed in the public mind by Paradise Lost and its sequels, of troubled teenagers persecuted because they were different, is one millions of people around the world can identify and sympathize with, not least those in the creative industries.
The films and the innocence campaigners have done such a good job of editing out many of the inconvenient facts and evidence that many are unaware that a solid case exists against the men at all.
Could it be those original detectives and prosecutors, most of whom maintain the men are guilty, were right after all? To understand why Hollywood may have made a grave mistake in their advocacy of the West Memphis Three, we must travel back to a nightmare day inwhen this terrible story begins.
Police in the small Arkansas city of West Memphis were first alerted that something was wrong on the night of May 5th The parents of three local boys had reported their sons, 8-year-olds Steve Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers, missing.
A small search was conducted in the surrounding area but no trace of the children was found. Concern for the boys deepened after they had still not been found by the following morning and a major search was launched by the police and Crittenden County Search and Rescue at 8: A police helicopter swept the whole area and 50 searchers, including many local volunteers, focused on an area of woods in West Memphis called Robin Hood Hills.
Apr 24, · Why I think the West Memphis 3 are guilty Three young boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. After a teen named Jessie Misskelley confessed to the crime, he and two other teens, Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, were found guilty in two separate trials. The Secret Evidence Against the West Memphis Three Tuesday, Aug 23, by Dr. David Thorpe (@Arr) Last week, the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley) were released from prison after serving 18 years for the murder of three young children in a small Arkansas town. Oct 18, · B oth Sinclair and Reynolds feel that some West Memphis Three "believers" are guilty of turning a blind eye to key evidence against Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley. "The supporters have spent a whole lot of time and a whole lot money trying to undermine these admissions and confessions," Sinclair attheheels.com: Uncommon Journalism.
That afternoon, the grimmest of discoveries was made. Parole officer Steve Jones found a black tennis show near to where the woods bordered the Blue Beacon car wash. In a nearby ditch, Sergeant Mike Allen then discovered the naked body of a boy, his hands tied together with shoelaces.
Following the course of the ditch, the bound bodies of two more boys were soon found. The boys clothes were found scattered around the creek, some items had been pushed into the mud with sticks and the trousers were inside out. One of the boys, later identified as Chris Byers, was covered in lacerations and had had the skin from his penis and scrotum removed.
Luminol tests revealed enough blood on the ground to indicate they were probably killed where they were found. A lack of tracks or drag marks also indicated the boys had been attacked and killed in the woods.
Victims Michael Moore, Steve Branch and Chris Byers The fact there were three victims, and they were tied up with three different types of knots, pointed to multiple killers.
Although only 8 years old, it was difficult to see how one man could have subdued and murdered the three boys without at least one of them escaping and calling for help. With stories that satanic ceremonies were occurring in the woods already circulating in the local community, the idea there was some ritual element in the murders quickly spread.
Steve Jones and another juvenile parole office, Jerry Driver, immediately suspected a troubled local year-old man named Damien Echols.Apr 24, · Why I think the West Memphis 3 are guilty Three young boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. After a teen named Jessie Misskelley confessed to the crime, he and two other teens, Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, were found guilty in two separate trials.
The West Memphis Three photographed after their arrest in June by the West Memphis Police Department The West Memphis Three are three men who – while teenagers – were tried and convicted, in , of the murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Were the West Memphis Three, released in after a high-profile innocence campaign, guilty after all?
theunredacted 02 Mar Few people who have watched the documentary film Paradise Lost remain unconvinced by its central tenet, that the young men imprisoned in for the murder of three boys at Robin Hood Hills in West . They became coined as the West Memphis Three (WM3).
Celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder, and The Dixie Chicks took a strong interest in .
Oct 18, · On May 5, , second graders Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore were viciously murdered in a wooded area, commonly referred to as Robin Hood Hills, in West Memphis, Ark. Three locals -- James Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr.
-- were eventually charged with the slayings, with Echols given the death attheheels.com: Uncommon Journalism.
At P.M. on May 5, the West Memphis Police Department received a call that a bleeding black man had entered the Bojangles restaurant (located near where the three bodies were eventually discovered) about thirty minutes earlier and gone into the women's rest room.