The freeing of the West Memphis Three

By Hamish McKenzie In Current Affairs

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28th January, 2012
Two months after the West Memphis Three walked free from jail on a warm summer’s day in Jonesboro, Arkansas, they sit on a stage in New York. Eighteen years earlier, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley jr were convicted as teenagers for the murders of three eight-year-old boys whose bodies were found naked, stabbed, hog-tied and sexually mutilated in a ditch in a wooded area near the small town of West Memphis. Echols, the supposed ringleader, was sent to death row. Baldwin and Misskelley got life. Damien Echols is dressed in black trousers, black T-shirt and black boots. ...

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