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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Mara Leveritt has won several awards for investigative Devil's Knot - site edition by Mara Leveritt. Download it once and. Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt's The Devil's Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on the investigation. "Free the West Memphis Three!"—maybe you've heard the phrase, but do you know why their story is so alarming? Do you know the facts?The guilty verdicts.

Accused, convicted…and set free. Do you know their story?

In , 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. For weeks in , 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 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. From Publishers Weekly Arkansas investigative journalist Leveritt The Boys on the Tracks presents an affecting account of a controversial trial in the wake of three child murders in Arkansas.

In May , three eight-year-old boys were found mutilated and murdered in West Memphis, a small and tattered Arkansas town. The crime scene had yielded few clues, and despite Christopher's castration, there was a remarkable absence of blood.


The police were stymied, and citizens' alarm mounted as weeks passed without an arrest. Finally, a month after the murders, detectives announced three arrests -- and a startling theory of the crime: that the children had been killed by members of a satanic cult.

Detectives attributed their break in the case to a former special education student, seventeen-year-old Jessie Misskelley Jr. Although Jessie insisted he knew nothing of the crime, after eight hours of questioning, police announced that he had implicated himself and accused two other teenagers, eighteen-year-old Damien Echols and sixteen-year-old Jason Baldwin.

Damien and Jason both denied Jessie's account, and Jessie himself recanted it within hours, but by then all three had been charged with the murders. With no physical evidence connecting anyone to the crime, prosecutors contended that the murders bore signs of the occult and that the three accused teenagers possessed a state of mind that pointed to them as the killers.

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As proof of the defendants' mental states, they introduced items taken from their rooms -- such as books by Anne Rice and album posters for the rock group Metallica.

Jurors found all three teenagers guilty. Jessie and Jason were sentenced to life in prison. Damien was sentenced to death. While the verdicts were popular in Arkansas, an HBO documentary raised questions about the lack of evidence in the case, and a Web site was formed to support the inmates, now known as The West Memphis Three.

When the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the verdicts, state officials insisted that anyone who questioned the trials simply did not know the facts.Jeremy Grimaldi.

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The crime scene and forensic evidence were mishandled, but a probation officer directed the police toward Damien Echols, a youth with a troubled home life, antiauthoritarian attitudes and admiration for the "Goth" and Wiccan subcultures. Don W.


The Stranger She Loved. Dead of Night. In Devil's Knot, award-winning investigative journalist Mara Leveritt presents the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on this story - one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history.

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