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

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 21, 2003 - Law - 432 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - TrgLlyLibrarian - LibraryThing

Incredibly detailed account of the crime, investigation, and legal proceedings covering about ten years. Educational for me, and interesting mainly because of the recurring irregularities in the investigations and trials.Thought-provoking. Read full review

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User Review  - arielfl - LibraryThing

What an incredibly sad story both for the three young victims and for the West Memphis 3. Anyone who reads this book can't help but smack their head in wonderment as three young men are convicted on ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
16
Section 4
23
Section 5
40
Section 6
52
Section 7
66
Section 8
75
Section 17
192
Section 18
203
Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
172
Section 25
278
Section 26
278
Section 27
279
Section 28
295
Section 29
314
Section 30
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Section 31
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About the author (2003)

Mara Leveritt has won several awards for investigative journalism, including Arkansas's Booker Worthen Prize for her book The Boys on the Tracks. A contributing editor to the Arkansas Times, she lives in Little Rock.

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