I don't know how many of you guys have followed the case of the West Memphis 3, but I have been following it since the first airing of the Paradise
Lost documentary a decade ago.
For those of you that don't know the details, I'll sum them up in as brief of terms as possible.
3 little boys were found bound and killed in a drainage ditch in the Robin Hood Hills area of West Memphis, Arkansas around 13 years ago. A short time
after that, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jesse Misskelley were arrested and charged with the crime based off of a confession by Jesse Misskelley
who has an IQ in the 70 - 80 range. This confession was given after his being exposed to the photographs of the children, given details of how they
were found (and the condition of the bodies) and some 12 straight hours of interrogation. (the length of time is disputed by some, so is in no way
concrete). While there was no concrete evidence (aside from the possibly coerced confession), the three boys were convicted of the crime and have now
been in prison for over 12 years. The majority of the prosecutions case revolved around the fact that the teens listened to Metallica and dressed in
all black in combination with Damien Echols interest in the Wiccan religion.
Since that time, there have been many points of contention brought up by the defense teams and by others that have followed the case that have pointed
to others who were more likely to have committed the crime. However, even with the flimsy evidence and the other factors, their appeals have always
However, in the last few months DNA evidence has come to light that shows absolutely no link to the West Memphis 3. However, they did find DNA
evidence on the children that belonged to the step-father of one of the boys.
As of today, this is posted on the official West Memphis 3 support site.
In short, DNA testing has been conducted on dozens of pieces of evidence. The DNA results show no link whatsoever to Damien Echols, Jessie
Misskelley or Jason Baldwin – and all of the experts agree that, under the prosecution theory of how the crime was committed, their DNA would be
present at the crime scene if they were guilty. Instead, the DNA results match Terry Hobbs, the step-father of one of the victims. Our new filing also
includes strong evidence from Pam Hobbs (the ex-wife of Terry Hobbs and the mother of one of the victims) implicating her former husband in the
With a bit of luck, and a FAIR trial, the West Memphis 3 may finally be released.
It is also listed on the site that there will be a webcast press conference on November 1st at 11:00AM eastern time. Those of you who have followed
this case may want to watch it.
For those of you who are interested in the case, you can read up on it at www.wm3.org...
Maybe these guys, and the families of the victims, can finally get some real justice.
Further information can be gained from the films "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Lost 2 - Revelations".
Free the West Memphis 3!