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West Memphis Three

  1. The 'big ask'

    An insider's view of the legal maneuvers that freed the West Memphis Three.

  2. Fame and Damien Echols

    A powerful documentary focuses critical attention on the West Memphis Three.

  3. 'This is a deep story'

    John Mark Byers contemplates the deaths of first his son and now his wife.

  4. The strange demise of Melissa Byers

    The mother of one of the three boys murdered in West Memphis died, but investigators have yet to figure out how.

  5. Kids, cops and confessions

    If you're under 18 in Arkansas, you can't buy a beer, a cigarette or a Playboy, but you can waive your constitutional rights.

  6. The Evil Powers of Rock 'n' Roll Reflections on music, theater, and crime.

    It is no longer uncommon, for instance, for defense lawyers to claim that a song or fictional character influenced a defendant accused of a crime. And many performers, especially of rap and heavy metal, are criticized for lyrics that seem to condone, or even promote, violence.

  7. Hear no evil

    Musicians rock for closer look at West Memphis murder case.

  8. Devilish questions

    Nine years later, a reporter is still searching for important answers about medical evidence in the notorious West Memphis murders.

  9. The architect and the inmate

    Public for the first time, the woman who married Damien Echols discusses their relationship.

  10. 'Dear Governor Huckabee'

    In mid-April, I helped cook up a scheme with a convicted killer. My co-conspirator was Jason Baldwin, one of the three young men who became known as the “West Memphis Three” after their convictions in 1994 for murdering three 8-year-old boys in that c

  11. New evidence in West Memphis murders

    Reviving an investigation that ended 14 years ago, West Memphis police recently questioned the mother and stepfather of Stevie Branch, one of three 8-year-old boys murdered in 1993. Three teenagers were convicted of the killings.

  12. Above the law

    Add another cynical twist to the farce masquerading as justice in the case of the West Memphis Three.

  13. Judging Burnett

    Since 1994, when he officiated at the trials of Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, Judge David Burnett has had several opportunities to make further rulings in their cases.

  14. ‘Not a soul in there’

    John Fogleman asked juries to sentence three teens to death. Now voters will judge his career.

  15. Original intent

    Former lawmaker says law favors new trial.

  16. Arkansas Supreme Court proposes weak rule

    Last month, the Arkansas Supreme Court took a half-step toward improving police interrogations, but it did not go far enough.

  17. FLASH: West Memphis 3 freed in plea bargain

    After the bang of a judge's gavel, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., walked out of a Jonesboro courtroom free men this morning.

  18. The West Memphis Three are free

    The hows and whys and sights and sounds.

  19. Witch on death row

    Damien Echols contends his only crime was being different.


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