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Philosophy, Religion & Society / West Memphis 3
« on: June 24, 2015, 11:48:07 AM »
West Memphis 3 at wikipedia

"The West Memphis Three are three men who were tried and convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien Echols was sentenced to death, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. was sentenced to life imprisonment plus two 20-year sentences, and Jason Baldwin was sentenced to life imprisonment. During the trial, the prosecution asserted that the children were killed as part of a Satanic ritual. A number of documentaries have been based on the case, and celebrities and musicians have held fund raisers in the belief that they are innocent.

In July 2007, new forensic evidence was presented in the case and a status report jointly issued by the state and the defense team stated, "Although most of the genetic material recovered from the scene was attributable to the victims of the offenses, some of it cannot be attributed to either the victims or the defendants." On October 29, 2007, the defense filed a Second Amended Writ of Habeas Corpus, outlining the new evidence.

Following a successful decision in 2010 by the Arkansas Supreme Court regarding newly produced DNA evidence, the West Memphis Three negotiated a plea bargain with prosecutors. On August 19, 2011, they entered Alford pleas, which allow them to assert their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them. Judge David Laser accepted the pleas and sentenced the three to time served. They were released with ten-year suspended sentences, having served 18 years and 78 days in prison."


This is a fairly popular case, and it has received a lot of media attention as of late due to the offenders agreeing to an Alford plea and being released. Although an Alford plea is technically an admission of guilt, there are still many questions regarding this case that lead many to believe that the people involved (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin) are not guilty. Although, there is also a lot of evidence that suggest that they were guilty. So as it stands right now - we have 3 murders walking around free, or maybe not? Several documentaries have been released on this case, many of which are considered extremely biased. Regardless, I've made this thread to discuss this issue, and to try to determine if they're guilty or not.

Before we get started: I believe they were guilty, but I'm not going to try to sway your opinion just yet. I suggest reading some of the case files and doing some research yourself beforehand. I'll try to provide all the relevant details, but I'm not going to cover everything in this OP by any means.

Here's some information on the case if you're not familiar with it, including case files. This is the most unbiased website on the subject that I could find.

The facts so far:
- Jessie Miskelly confessed numerous times. However, many believe he was coerced. Some sources say that he was held in confinement for 12 hours (even being underage), and was forced to confess after being fed all the details of the case by the detectives involved in the interrogation. This "confession" implicated the other two boys. It's also worth noting that Jessie Miskelly is 'slow', and by that I mean: close to mentally handicapped. His IQ was supposedly 72 , which means he would've needed council at an interrogation (which he was denied or simply not informed of).

- Damien Echols was mentally ill at the time of the murders. In 1992 he was sent to psychiatric hospitals twice by court order and once by his own parents. He even described himself as "homicidal, suicidal, schizophrenic, manic depressive, and sociopathic". He also assaulted kids and set fires at school. He also believed he gained mystical powers by drinking blood. There are also reports that suggest that he abused animals - including stomping a dog to death in front of witnesses. His entire mental healthy profile is here.

- Green fibers microscopically similar to a shirt found in Echols' home and red fibers microscopically similar with a bath robe found in Baldwin's home were found on the victims. Source.

- A knife was found submerged blade down in the pond directly behind Jason Baldwin's home. Damien's ex-girlfriend, Deanna Holcomb, testified that the knife was similar to a knife that belonged to Damien.

-  The WM3 did not have solid alibis, some given were shown to be false.

- A bloodied African American man walked into a local Bojangles about a mile away from the crime scene. The manager of the chain called the police, but they were slow in responding and never followed up on this lead. Source

- Terry Hobbs' (step-father of one of the victims) DNA was found at the crime scene (and on the boys themselves). Source. Many eyewitnesses also implicate him, although their integrity (convicted rapists) has come into question of late. Terry Hobbs was also interviewed by police, here.

- Misskelly and Echols failed their polygraph tests (lol, but still relevant I guess).


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Phew. Well, that's it for now. I might add more to the facts section, but I'm feeling a bit burned out for now.

I'm just interested in what you guys think. Were they guilty? Was this satanic panic at its finest?

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