Who are the real West Memphis Three? The three 8 year old boys who were tortured and sadistically murdered on May 5th, 1993 and whose sexually mutilated, lifeless bodies were found the next morning in a drainage canal in the Robin Hood Hills area of West Memphis, Arkansas? Or, the three teenaged reprobates who confessed to savagely killing them, were convicted, sentenced to life in prison or death, and were released after 18 years, 78 days with a ten year “Suspended Imposition of Sentence”?
If you believe Hollywood and the liberal-leftist mainstream media–but why would you?–the true West Memphis Three are the confessed murderers, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin. If you prefer to trust common sense, you would choose the innocent child victims, Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore.
Astute and well-informed Hollywood types such as Johnny Depp, comedian Margaret Cho, musicians like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins, and the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, reflexively flocked to defend the murderers and no less than five movies/documentaries plus a dozen or so supportive books, including one by the satanic leader of killers who had been condemned to death, Damien Echols, have convinced most people that he and his fellow sadists were victims of various miscarriages of justice.
Just as in the OJ Simpson trial when a jury of his peers, although not most American peers, overruled the evidence that Simpson was guilty as sin through the farcical “jury nullification” gambit, liberal-leftists who are notorious for being suckers for criminals and ignoring the victimized, overruled the West Memphis evidence and supplied much of the funding for the defendants’ legal appeals.
On the side of truth and justice stand a number of less-well-heeled individuals and websites, most notably WestMemphisThreeFacts.com, who have exposed the actual miscarriage of justice, the conditional release of the miscreants onto America’s public streets.
The website meticulously documents the incontrovertible DNA, circumstantial and physical evidence against Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin as well as the numerous lies, the intentional distortions, the phony alibis, the false and discredited witnesses, and the repetitious, spurious “suspects” dredged up by their new high-powered and well-financed defense team in an effort to create a reasonable legal doubt in the guilt of the already-convicted trio.
Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were released from prison on August 19th, 2011 as part of a bizarre ”Alford plea deal” in which defendants concede the prosecution had enough proof to convict them but nevertheless assert their innocence and plead “nolo contendere” or no contest.
Arkansas Supreme Court Judge David Laser then vacated their convictions, ordered a new trial, skipped the trial, and inexplicably sentenced them to “time served.”
Novice prosecutor Scott Ellington agreed to the plea deal because two of the victims’ families had changed minds and now thought the trio were innocent, because the mother of one witness effectively called her daughter a liar, and the Arkansas State Crime Lab employee who collected fiber evidence at the Echols and Baldwin homes after their arrests and who had testified at their trial had died, apparently without anyone in the crime lab qualified to report his findings.
Supporters of Hollywood’s version of The West Memphis Three are absolutely thrilled that their boys were “exonerated” and finally freed from years of unjust imprisonmment and are agititating to pressure Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to pardon Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley based on their innocence.
The latest reports indicate that Beebe intends to deny their demands unless they present evidence showing that someone else committed the murders. Prosecutor Ellington maintains that he considers the men guilty but that “they would likely be acquitted if a new trial were held given the powerful legal counsel representing them now, the loss of evidence over time, and the change of heart among some of the witnesses.”
Prosecutor Ellington, Governor Beebe, and Hollywood nitwits would be well advised to consult WestMemphisThreeFacts.com before they utter another word about Echols, Baldwin, or Misskelley.
Not that it matters to defenders of child murderers in Hollywood but WestMemphisThree.com clearly shows that, “Contrary to recent media reports, the WM3 have not been ‘exonerated,’ found ‘not guilty,’ or been ’proven innocent.’ They remain convicted and confessed murderers who were rightfully convicted by two juries,” although each of them seems to be doing just fine since their release. (http://tinyurl.com/cffpkhn)
Also, not that it matters to them since they’re dead, when it comes to picking who should be designated as the true West Memphis Three, I’d vote in a heartbeat for Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore. Those innocent children gave unspoken testimony to what is wrong in America, in Hollywood, and in our broken judicial system.