The Devil's Knot The True Story Of The West Memphis Three Summary

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The Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three written by Mara Leveritt is a nonfiction story about a 1993 murder of three eight-year-olds and their three teenage killers. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., better known as the West Memphis Three, abducted three children, Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Steven Branch, on May 5, 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas. The children were last seen playing together around 6:30 p.m. the evening they went missing. Friends and neighbors went searching for the boys in Robin Hood Hills where they were reported last seen, but the official police search did not begin until approximately 8:00 a.m. the next morning. Despite their efforts, the boys were nowhere to be found. …show more content…
Shortly after the shoe was seen, one of the boy’s bodies had floated to the surface of the water. After that, the other two bodies were found. It was initially believed by the Chief Inspector that the second-grade boy scouts were murdered due to Satanism, the occult, or a gang. Hours after the bodies were found, two women claimed to have heard a ritual being held in the woods. Rumors began circulating about the ritual that was heard and the town had started to believe that was the reason the children murdered. When the children were found, they were naked and had been severely beaten before they were murdered. Their clothes had been turned inside out and were twisted around sticks in the lake. They had been bound with their own shoelaces with their right ankles tied to their right wrists behind their backs and the same with their left arms and legs. Byers’ even had his penis skinned before he was castrated and killed. The Coroner was called almost two hours after they had been found, and the boys were pronounced dead around 4:00 p.m. that

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