Thought I would blog about an insane story and miscarriage of justice today.
I don't know if you have ever heard of The West Memphis Three but here goes..
Three young teenagers from Arkansas were arrested and jailed for murders they did no commit. These boys were ultimately jailed for life while the real murderer walked free and still walks free today.
Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were arrested because the police had no suspects and due to the fact that they were different. They wore black clothing and listening to alternative music. There was not a shred of evidence that convicted them yet they were imprisoned for life. Damien was even sent to death row. It was absolutely ridiculous.
All three were released last year after signing an Alford Plea after 18 years incarcerated. Basically the judges in Arkansas realise they made a mistake AFTER they have been jailed for 18 years and needed them to sign the plea so when they were released neither men could sue the state of Arkansas.
If you would like to read more about the case and the outcome then you can find more details here; http://www.wm3.org/.
I would also recommend watching Paradise Lost for another insight into the case.
It is really astounding.
So this is why I wrote this post I would highly recommend you read Life after Death;
Life after Death is the Memoirs of Damien Echols.
It tells you about his life growing up, his time in prison and up to his release.
It is an amazing read and a major reality check.
As a follower of the WM3 case I found it moving, heartbreaking and hilarious at times. One of the best books I have read in a long while.
Thanks for reading!