Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three

Kobo ebook | October 8, 2002

byMara Leveritt

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*SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON AND COLIN FIRTH *

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 to come.

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*SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON AND COLIN FIRTH * 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 eighte...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 8, 2002Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0743417615

ISBN - 13:9780743417617

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt After I bought this book I could not put it down! Although I knew the outcome of this true story, the way it was written still had me on the edge of my seat. Fantastic!
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt i watched all the documentaries and books about this intriguing-heartbreaking case. this book is very well written and i highly recommend it. to be honest, i go back and forth regarding guilt. i just don't know. i see where JM was led in his confessions and at the same time he gave info that was not asked for--so unless something major breaks the case wide open, i guess we will never know...
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Southern Justice A thought provoking work that has the most recent summary of the West Memphis 3 trials held in Arkansas almost 10 years ago. Explores not only the obvious ignorance of the West Memphis police force but also how "mob mentality" or "satanic panic" gripped a small town. This case is truly devastating and I urge anyone who is interested in the West Memphis 3 to read this book.
Date published: 2004-05-18