Nearly 15 years ago, the brutal murder of three Arkansas Cub Scouts in an alleged satanic rite sickened a nation and strengthened the hand of death penalty champions across the United States. Now the same ghastly crime may be the final nail in the coffin of capital punishment in an America that is manifesting a crisis of conscience over the morality of executions.
Category: West Memphis Three
Supporters of the “West Memphis Three” say prosecutors and a small-town police force railroaded the young men because of their fascination with heavy metal music and the occult. And they say new DNA tests and other forensic evidence call their guilt into question.
The case against the West Memphis Three appears to have been more about rushed police work and hyped-up paranoia over non-existent Satanism than evidence. The suspects were just unfortunate to be social outcasts and to like rock music.
Campaigners across the US and around the world have been meeting to publicise the case of three men they believe have been wrongly convicted of a horrific triple murder. More than 50 concerts, film screenings and meetings were held at the weekend to show support for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley – convicted in 1994 of the killing of three Arkansas children. Events were held as far apart as Moscow and McMurdo research base, in Antarctica. Wrongful Convictions America’s severely flawed ‘justice system’ has a lengthy and growing record of wrongful convictions (See Also). Documented cases of wrongful