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The West Memphis Three. Accused, convicted…and set free. Do
you know their story?
In 2011, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American
legal history was set right when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and
Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison.
Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt's The Devil's Knot
remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on
the investigation, trials, and convictions of three teenage boys
who became known as the West Memphis Three.
For weeks in 1993, after the murders of three eight-year-old boys,
police in West Memphis, Arkansas seemed stymied. Then suddenly,
detectives charged three teenagers-alleged members of a satanic
cult-with the killings. Despite the witch-hunt atmosphere of the
trials, and a case which included stunning investigative blunders,
a confession riddled with errors, and an absence of physical
evidence linking any of the accused to the crime, the teenagers
were convicted. Jurors sentenced Jason Baldwin and Jessie
Misskelley to life in prison and Damien Echols, the accused
ringleader, to death. The guilty verdicts were popular in their
home state-even upheld on appeal-and all three remained in prison
until their unprecedented release in August 2011.
With close-up views of its key participants, this award-winning
account unravels the many tangled knots of this endlessly shocking
case, one which will shape the American legal landscape for years