Who are the West Memphis Three?
>On May 5, 1993, three teenagers, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley known in the press as the West Memphis Three, carried out the murders of three 8-year-old cub-scouts they stumbled upon in an area of woods, known as Robin Hood Hills, which is located in West Memphis, Arkansas.
>The victims, Michael Moore, Christopher Byers, and Stevie Branch were savagely beaten all over, including being clubbed with large sticks. Byers was also castrated while alive and an attempt was made to slit the throat of Stevie Branch, whose face and neck region was mutilated. Afterwords, the naked bodies of the three children were tied up with their own shoe laces and tossed into a ditch while still alive, and ultimately drowned.
>After a month long investigation, all three killers were arrested, and all three made statements admitting guilt. Damien Echols had bragged multiple times during the investigation to friends that he killed the boys and planned to kill two more before turning himself in. He also told another friend that he raped and killed the boys using a large knife, and told a prisoner that he had an out of body experience and claimed he had witnessed the murders. Jason Baldwin, made statement as well, trying to sound tough while awaiting trial, and telling a prisoner that he killed the boys and that they sucked their blood and played around with the severed testicles of Christopher Byers. Jessie Misskelley also confessed directly to police, as well as confessed to his own lawyers, and to prosecutors, giving several confessions to the murders, and maintaining his guilt for three months straight saying he was going to plead guilty if they offered him a chance at parole instead of a life sentence, before retracting them when his lawyer said the prosecution wouldn't budge.
>Years later, the three killers who did this pled guilty to the murders and were paroled after Hollywood Celebrities donated over $20 million toward their defense, under the belief that right-wing Christians from the South had convicted the three killers of witchcraft. The celebrities had reached this conclusion after watching some HBO shock documentariesPost too long. Click here to view the full text.