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

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ISBN13: 9780743417600
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*SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON AND COLIN FIRTH *

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.

Review:

"Brutal, riveting....The true horror of Leveritt's well-written book is that this barely believable fate could potentially befall any American." Henry Rollins

Review:

"Well written in descriptive language, the book is an indictment of a culture and legal system that failed to protect children as defendants or victims." Library Journal

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"Leveritt's carefully researched book offers a riveting portrait of a down-at-the-heels, socially conservative rural town with more than its share of corruption and violence." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

"Free the West Memphis Three."

Maybe you've heard the phrase.

But do you know why their story is so alarming?

Do you know the facts?

The guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state — even upheld on appeal. But after two HBO documentaries called attention to the witch-hunt atmosphere at the trials, artists and other supporters raised concerns about the accompanying lack of evidence. Now, award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt provides the most comprehensive look yet into this endlessly shocking case.

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 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 tried and convicted. Jurors sentenced Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to life in prison. They sentenced Damien Echols, the accused ringleader, to death. Ten years later, all three remain in prison. Here, Leveritt unravels this seemingly medieval case and offers close-up views of its key participants, including one with an uncanny knack for evading the law....

Synopsis:

From the prize-winning investigative reporter who has had the inside track on the story since it first broke in 1993 comes the definitive chronicle of the notorious child murders in West Memphis, Arkansas. of photos.

About the Author

Mara Leveritt won a White Award for investigative journalism in 1991, was named Arkansas Journalist of the Year in 1992, and was awarded Arkansas’s Booker Worthen Prize in 2000 for her book The Boys on the Tracks. A contributing editor to the Arkansas Times, she lives in Little Rock.

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anitaballerina, May 26, 2010 (view all comments by anitaballerina)
I agree with everything the other reviewer has said. This case was a huge miscarriage of justice. Since this book was published, there is even more evidence pointing away from the WM3. All 3 men are still going through the appeals process 17 years later.  
This is a great book, it breaks down the FACTS of the case of the WM3.
The author was there and saw it all. I think she did an amazing job in showing what both sides where thinking at the time. Though it is clear that the WMPD was biased and they locked up 3 innocent boys now 3 innocent men. (All because in the middle of West Memphis Arkansas, 3 teenagers stood out by wearing black and listening to bands such as Metallica. Their choice of music and the fact that they wore black, was used as "evidence" against them in this case.)
3 innocent 8 year old boys were found dead in the woods, with no real evidence, the WMPD arrested Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley (who has an IQ of 72, which makes him legally mentally handicap).
The police lied to Misskelley,getting a false confession, they knew it was false as it did not line up with the facts of the case. They ran with it anyway.

Along with book I think it would be beatifical to watch the documentaries Paradise Lost and Paradise Lost 2 as well as read the book Almost Home that was written by Damien Echols.
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Curt Rowlett, December 2, 2006 (view all comments by Curt Rowlett)
The days of the Salem Witch Trials are not over.

In this book, veteran true crime novelist Mara Leveritt gives us a thoroughly detailed and in-depth look at the Robin Hood Woods murders and how three innocent young people were sent to prison (two with life sentences and one to death row) because of what they believed, how they dressed, and the kind of music they listened to.

Leveritt's intense passion for the truth and her ability to uncover it is highly evident in her writing and thanks to her superb effort, the world can now learn how an inept police investigation, a prejudiced trial judge, outright lies, and religious bias fueled the prosecution's case, culminating in one of the worst instances of abuse our modern legal system has ever known.

Read this book and be very afraid because it could just as easily happen to you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743417600
Author:
Leveritt, Mara
Publisher:
Atria Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Juvenile homicide
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Antitrust
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Murder - Arkansas - West Memphis
Subject:
Juvenile homicide - Arkansas - West Memphis
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Jason Baldwin; Jessie Misskelley; Damien Echols; Christopher Byers; Michael Moore; Steven Branch; West Memphis; Arkansas; West Memphis Three; occult; satanic ritual; Paradise Lost; HBO documentary; death penalty; John Mark Byers; Ron Lax; Judge David Burn
Subject:
Jason Baldwin; Jessie Misskelley; Damien Echols; Christopher Byers; Michael Moore; Steven Branch; West Memphis; Arkansas; West Memphis Three; occult; satanic ritual; Paradise Lost; HBO documentary; death penalty; John Mark Byers; Ron Lax; Judge David Burn
Subject:
Jason Baldwin; Jessie Misskelley; Damien Echols; Christopher Byers; Michael Moore; Steven Branch; West Memphis; Arkansas; West Memphis Three; occult; satanic ritual; Paradise Lost; HBO documentary; death penalty; John Mark Byers; Ron Lax; Judge David Burn
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
93
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
1400x550

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Product details 432 pages Atria Books - English 9780743417600 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brutal, riveting....The true horror of Leveritt's well-written book is that this barely believable fate could potentially befall any American."
"Review" by , "Well written in descriptive language, the book is an indictment of a culture and legal system that failed to protect children as defendants or victims."
"Review" by , "Leveritt's carefully researched book offers a riveting portrait of a down-at-the-heels, socially conservative rural town with more than its share of corruption and violence."
"Synopsis" by , "Free the West Memphis Three."

Maybe you've heard the phrase.

But do you know why their story is so alarming?

Do you know the facts?

The guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state — even upheld on appeal. But after two HBO documentaries called attention to the witch-hunt atmosphere at the trials, artists and other supporters raised concerns about the accompanying lack of evidence. Now, award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt provides the most comprehensive look yet into this endlessly shocking case.

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 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 tried and convicted. Jurors sentenced Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to life in prison. They sentenced Damien Echols, the accused ringleader, to death. Ten years later, all three remain in prison. Here, Leveritt unravels this seemingly medieval case and offers close-up views of its key participants, including one with an uncanny knack for evading the law....

"Synopsis" by , From the prize-winning investigative reporter who has had the inside track on the story since it first broke in 1993 comes the definitive chronicle of the notorious child murders in West Memphis, Arkansas. of photos.
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