2011 IN RETROSPECT: THERE IS STILL A LOT TO BE DONE ABOUT THE WM3 CASE!!
1994 was not an easy year for me. I had my struggle… but somewhere far away from me, a much harder and scary situation unexpectedly caught 3 teenagers. That year they were tried and found guilty of murder… a crime, however, that they did not perpetrate. They lost 18 years of their lives due to a coerced confession by mentally handicapped, Jessie Misskelley Jr., among other facts presented by their prosecutors.
For those not up-to-date with the story, this is a little overview: in 1993, three 8-year-old angels (Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers) were brutally killed and their bodies dumped in a ditch in West Memphis, AR. There was no physical evidence, no weapon, motive, nothing that led to Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.. Still, being outcasts, was enough to convince the justice, the jury and the media that they were the murderers. Because they wore black clothes, liked heavy metal, and explored non-standard religious beliefs, they were accused of and convicted for sacrificing the 3 little boys in a satanic cult ritual.
After more than 18 years of incarceration and appeals, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. were finally set free On August 11th… after admitting guilt though. Really? According to actor Johnny Depp, “admitting guilt (while) maintaining innocence is a really floppy piece of ground to stand on.” Agreed and supported! Those men, whose life was half-taken away, deserve to AT LEAST have their records cleared. It is a matter of justice… They lost 18 years of their lives while the real killer went unpunished!
I know there is a lot going on in the world, in the international scenario, and even in the domestic political realm in this country… However, a nation is a system with multiple, independent, still interdependent functions… and today, in this post I want to rally in favor of the WM3 and encourage whoever gets a hold of this, and agrees that justice should be made to speak up, make your voice heard somehow, so that some effort is made and some action taken towards further investigation to prove the real killer/s.
Paradise Lost (documentary)