Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Do you know someone who's been wrongly convicted?

Not everyday we read newspaper stories about people wrongly convicted to life sentences or death row, but once in a while we read them.

Do you know someone who's been wrongly convicted? Have you ever wondered how it must feel to be convicted of a crime you didn't commit?

In Life After Death, Damien Echols will tell us about his life spent on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

Convicted in 1994 along with 2 friends for the murders of three little boys age 8 who in May 1993 were found in a ditch, naked and tied with shoelaces in the Robin Hood Hills area of West Memphis, Arkansas. Jason Baldwin (sentenced to life without parole), Damien Echols (sentenced to death) and Jessie Misskelley Jr. (sentence to life plus 40 years), the men who became to be known and referred to as the West Memphis Three were released from prison last year. Of the three, Echols is telling his story.

If you caught the three HBO films “Paradise Lost” by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky you will be quite familiar with the case. Their story also attracted the interest of celebrities like Johnny Depp, Metallica and Marilyn Manson who contributed funds and called attention to his plight.

It all finally paid off when in 2010 new DNA tests were ran proving the innocence of the ex three teenagers, today in their 30s.

Misskelley Jr., Echols (middle) and Baldwin.


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  2. Thanks for this post. I had seen a Dateline or something like that on the ID network about this and was hoping they would overturn the verdict. I watched it before they had the hearing. Goes to show how much corruption there is. They were just worried about getting a conviction and just chose those boys because of their lifestyle. Can I share this post on my blog?

  3. Other lower profile cases are being played out on Broadway too. The play is called The Exonerated and it's based on interviews and court transcripts of about a dozen wrongly imprisoned (later freed) men.

    This book and cases like these are really gut wrenching examples of when the systems fails at justice.