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Week 8 Final Essay - West Memphis 3: Wrongfully Charged?...

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West Memphis 3: Wrongfully Charged? December 19, 2008, 2008 ENG 135 Lejla Tricic West Memphis 3: Wrongfully Charged?
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On May 6, 1993 three eight-year-old boys, Steve Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore were discovered mutilated and murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, the local media said the killer’s had been arrested. The police said Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were the ones responsible for the murders. A local female who was at the police station for writing bad checks told police she would help them implicate Damien by concealing a tape recorder and recording their conversation. When she was unable to get Damien to talk about his part in the murders she had her son inform police he was in Robin Hood Hills the day of the murders. The boy’s tales became increasingly embellished and ultimately the police thought the boy did not know anything. Jessie endured 12 hours of questioning, without a lawyer or his father’s permission. Later Jessie recanted his confession, but it was too late, Jessie Misskelley, Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols were all arrested, that evening, on June 3, 1993, and convicted of murder in early 1994. The boys were discovered bound together with their own shoe strings in a "hog-tie" manner, in a wooded area called Robin Hood Hills. After the case had been investigated, the West Memphis Police said on the news that they had found the murderers, pointing fingers at Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin. Three teenagers who were different from the norm in West Memphis it was easy for them to be accused. The West Memphis Police had no previous experience with murders, so they permitted possible evidence to be ruined at the site where the bodies were found. Bodies were taken out of the water before the arrival of coroner and placed them on the bank in the sun destroying important evidence concerning time of death, i.e. body temperature, rigor mortis, etc. Instead of removing the bodies, the creek bed should have been emptied leaving the bodies where they
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were, in so doing protecting possible important evidence. Many unknown individuals can be spotted walking near the bodies in the short crime scene video, and the Chief Investigator, Gary Gitchell can be spotted smoking a cigarette in the perimeter of the area. (Sauls, 2008). The bodies were found naked, had extensive wounds to skull, one of the bodies, Christopher Byers, having been sexually mutilated. The testicles removed and the head of the penis removed with the shaft unharmed but having been skinned. The testicles and head of the penis were never found. No blood at all was found at the scene. In Echols/Baldwin trial, the medical examiner stated under oath that whoever did the mutilation had some understanding of anatomy and was very careful. Even in laboratory environment, the mutilation would have taken awhile, so making it out of the question doing it in the water or in the dark. Mutilating in the water and in the dark would cause thousands of mosquitoes to swarm but the bodies had no
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