The Case Against the West Memphis 3 Killers: Condensed and revised from "Blood on Black" and "Where the Monsters Go" (Paperback)
The beaten, bound and mutilated bodies of three 8-year-olds, Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Stevie Branch, were pulled from a muddy ditch in a wooded area in West Memphis, Ark., on May 6, 1993. The boys had gone missing the day before. Weeks of investigation led to arrests of Damien Echols, 18, Jason Baldwin, 16, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. on June 3, 1993, after the 17-year-old Misskelley confessed that he and two friends murdered the boys. All three were convicted. The convictions held up on appeal. Eventually, thanks to Hollywood celebrities and misleading documentaries, the killers walked free. They passed up the opportunity to present new evidence, taking instead guilty pleas that allowed them to claim they were innocent. No exonerating evidence, despite many years of investigation and a defense fund in the millions of dollars, was produced. They became known as the West Memphis 3. This is a combined, revised version of "Blood on Black" and "Where the Monsters Go," written by Gary Meece, a veteran Memphis Commercial Appeal journalist and the former managing editor of the West Memphis Evening Times.
"The Case Against the West Memphis 3 Killers" explores the controversial murders of three little boys in Arkansas in 1993. Veteran journalist Gary Meece, a former managing editor of the West Memphis Evening Times, reviews the evidence against Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. The book relies heavily on the official record surrounding the horrific murders of Michael Moore, Christopher Byers and Stevie Branch.