A CONFESSION RIDDLED WITH ERRORS

For weeks in 1993,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 Misskelly to life in prison and Damien Echols,the accused ringleader,to death.The guilty verdicts were popular in their home state-even unhelp on appeal and three remained in prison until their unprecedented release in August 2011.

TITLE: DEVIL’S KNOT

AUTHOR: MARA LEVERITT

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