After receiving almost 20 years of high profile support from people like Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins, Peter Jackson, Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines, the West Memphis 3 were released from jail today. In a plea deal reached with prosecutors, the three men, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, were freed after entering Alford guilty pleas. With these pleas, the three can maintain innocence while agreeing that prosecutors do have evidence against them. That evidence, however, was highly questionable. It is widely assumed that the three men were scapegoats in a modern day Salem witch trial. HBO aired two documentaries about the case, the first, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, helped publicize the case and rally the troops in Hollywood to defend them. Their release however, further raises the question of who is responsible for the grisly deaths of 8-year-old cub scouts Steve Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.
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West Memphis 3 Are Finally Free
By Frederick Mintchell
Article posted on 8/19/2011
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