Analysis Of Devil's Knot: The True Story Of The West Memphis Three

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On May 5th, 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas the West Memphis Police Department received a frantic phone call. Three eight-year-old boys had gone missing. The following day, May 6th, Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stephen Branch were found in a ditch in the woods brutally beaten and savagely murdered. With little to no evidence to be found, and only hints of some satanic cult influence, the police convicted three “strange” and “outcast” teenage boys, of the murder. These three teenagers were Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley Jr.
Many controversies occurred in the town. Evidence was small and the debate of whether the teens were innocent or guilty was very unclear. In early 1994, all three teenagers were found guilty and put in jail for life. Several books have been written about the case. A lot of people have found that it was unfair for these boys to be convicted since there was said to be no hard evidence. Two books in particular explore deep into the case. They both consider people involved, and the unfairness of the entire case. Each author has an opinion as well.

The first book, “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three”, was written by Mara Leveritt. This book tells the story of The West Memphis Three from the time of the murders, in which it is unknown of who committed them, to when three innocent teenagers were sentenced to life in prison. The book begins on May 5th, 1993, the night when a phone call was made to the West Memphis Police department about three eight-year-old boys going missing. A search party was set up immediately and was made up of police officers and many people of the community of West Memphis, Arkansas. Hours passed and nothing was found.
The following day, May 6t...

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...ks, “Devil’s Knot” and “Untying the Knot”, and seeing both points of view from each author, Leveritt and Day, it is clear that John Mark Byers and the West Memphis Three are both innocent. “Devil’s Knot,” exposed the faults in the convictions of Damien, Jason and Jesse. It also demonstrated the truth about police coercion. “Untying the Knot,” revealed the harsh influence of the media and how that influence can faultily accuse someone based on no evidence. Hence, there is no hard evidence or even any evidence at all linking Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelley Jr. to the crimes. It is also the same for John Mark Byers. To this day, there is still a malicious killer somewhere walking the streets as a free human being, and whether he will be found or not is impossible to predict. In the end, The West Memphis Three earned their freedom and so did Mr. Byers.

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