A couple of weeks ago I had one of those Sundays where I spent the day watching all different things on Netflix and one Documentary in particular that I really enjoyed was West of Memphis. All about the brutal murder of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993 and the imprisonment of 3 teenage boys who were charged with their murder… Due to marks on the dead boy’s bodies, it was believed that the teenagers who were charged were part of a satanic group and that it was a satanic ritual.
Known as the West Memphis 3 the teenagers who were convicted of the murders were Jessie Misskelley Jr and Jason Baldwin who both received life sentencing and Damien Echols who was sentenced to death. The documentary explores and shares how many believed that the teenagers were victims of a miscarriage of justice with many people (including high profile names) spending a lot of time and money to prove their innocence. With false murder weapons, police manipulation and many witnesses overlooked this is a terrifying documentary and not just because of the horrendous murder of the boys but of how easy it is for those who you believe are there to protect are willing to miscarry justice. The phrase ‘if the shoe fits’ was described in the conviction of the 3 teenagers, with police believing that the murders were part of a satanic ritual, the 3 teenagers who listened to metal music and were a bit “weird” the finger pointed to them with other common suspects not given much investigation. Much like Making a Murderer it shows how corrupt the police are and how much they put the public at risk to not face liability.
If you are interested in crime documentaries it’s a definite must watch, with interviews from families of both the convicted and young boys whose lives were cut so short and those who have fought to prove their innocence. Damien Echols in particularly speaks so beautifully and without any animosity.
Someone once told me that their biggest fear was being set up for a crime they didn’t commit… and I could never really understand that fear because I always thought if you didn’t do it surely you can’t be found guilty, my naive little mind didn’t understand and documentaries like this have opened up my mind to how much it does happen.
I hope I did an alright job at explaining, writing about this kind of thing is new to me but I wanted to share it with you all and there is so much more to the case but I didn’t want to completely spoil it for you. If you do watch it let me know your thoughts.