Devil’s Knot

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There are some criminal cases which contain such scandalous elements that it captures the attention of America. Such was the case in the 1993 murders of three young boys in the Robin Hood Hills of West Memphis, Arkansas.


The ensuing investigation and the arrest of three teenagers nicknamed the West Memphis Three resulted in a trial and a verdict which some people said was a miscarriage of justice, and which others believed carried out justice to the fullest extent of the law. Author Mara Leveritt analyzes the case itself, the suspects, and the trial within the book entitled “Devil Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.” In the first half of the book, readers are given an in depth look at Jesse Miskelley’s trial specifically, and from the evidence provided, the verdict returned by the jury does not appear to be correct.
Although some elements of the crime remain shrouded in mystery, there are certain aspects that all parties regard as factual. The murders of three eight year old boys—Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch—occurred on May 5, 1993(Leveritt, 6). The details of the crime were particularly gruesome as the boys were found naked, beaten, hogtied with shoelaces, and floating in a bank within the Robin Hood Hills(Leveritt, 11-12). One of the boys was missing parts of their genitals, and it appeared that the primary cause of death was drowning. The murder shocked the close-knit, largely religious community, and there was a lot of pressure on the local police to find the murderers as quickly as possible. ...
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