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

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

byMara Leveritt

Kobo ebook | October 8, 2002

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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 to come.

Title:Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis ThreeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 8, 2002Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0743417615

ISBN - 13:9780743417617

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This is the most comprehensive book I have read on this case. For anyone who enjoyed the Paradise Lost documentary series you will love this book,
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This book is great, hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For fans of Netflix’s Making a Murderer and Amanda Knox. Devil’s Knot follows the murder of three eight-year-old boys. Rumors of satanic cults ran wild then suddenly three teenagers were charged with the killings. Their trials had a witch-hunt atmosphere, a confession full of errors, and no physical evidence linking the teenagers to the crime. Despite all the issues throughout the investigation and trials, the teenagers were convicted. Devil’s Knot is a complete account of what happened leading up to the children’s murder, what happened the night of the murder, the trials, and the years that followed. The novel itself informs the reader of what happened in a narrative form that is backed up by police notes, investigations, interviews, etc. Throughout the entire novel there are notes that give additional information and cite where the author got the information/quotes. Leveritt is nonbiased in her telling of the facts and gives the reader the opportunity to come to their own conclusions. Devil’s Knot is a fascinating read that will leave you baffled, stunned, and frustrated. There were numerous times I had to put the book down because I was too frustrated and angry at the injustices that didn’t seem to end. Devil’s Knot is so full of information that at some points I got lost in trying to piece together the people involved and the sequence of events. This novel is not a novel you read to have fun. It’s a novel you read to inform yourself of the injustices of the world and read with a critical view. If you’re not prepared for a critical reading then you will find this novel slow and boring. Overall, Devil’s Knot is an interesting yet frustrating read. It’s a story that shouldn’t have happened but did. It shows the stunning reality of the flawed justice system and how those in positions of authority should be held accountable for their actions/decisions. If you enjoyed Netflix’s Making a Murderer and the Amanda Knox documentary then you’ll enjoy Devil’s Knot.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly chilling read. I read this a few years ago after hearing a radio interview of Damien Echols, and once I got started and I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-08
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