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    did they kill? How did they kill them? In May 5 ,1993 three teenagers were convicted of three murders are Damien Echols was 18 Jason Baldwin was 16 and Jessie Misskelley was 17: and one of them was ordered to serve a life time in prison . Echols who was sentenced to death. That involved three boys from West Memphis. They were an easy…

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    serial killers usually take something of the victims, but I’m not convinced Echols, Baldwin or Misskelley would do anything like that. Also at the scene, no blood or weapons were found anywhere around the area. The day after the bodies were discovered, Damien Echols was questioned. A juvenile probation officer was on scene when the three bodies were discovered in “The Robin Hood Hills”. The officer said he had been following the actions of Damien Echols, a local student, stating that it was…

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    Vicki soon reported to officials that she’d gone with Damien and Jessie to an esbat, a devil-worshipping orgy in a field, where she witnessed about 10 youth, with faces and arms painted black, stripping and “touching each other”. Ultimately police brought in Jessie Misskelley for examination concerning the murders. Jessie was 17 and thought to be mildly retarded. Nonetheless a plain questioning became a full blown interrogation by police, in which Misskelley confessed. That confession was…

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    Being guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” is the highest standard of proof in any trial, especially in criminal trials where a defendant can be deprived of his or her liberties and even result in his or her death. This principle, however, is often forgotten with the presence of strong religious beliefs and rising emotions following violent crimes. Directors, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, in the documentary film Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) takes an insider look…

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    West Memphis Three Crimes

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    “How do you make someone understand what it means or how it feels to be torn in half? Not many people know this desperate need to be put back together again.” This quote came from none other than Damien Echols, the so called “ringleader” of the Worldwide group of teens known as The West Memphis Three. The West Memphis Three were three teenages: Jason Baldwin, Damian Echols, and Jessie Misskelley. These three teens were accused of murdering three little boys along the bank of a creek. The…

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    West Of Memphis Summary

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    The documentary West of Memphis, directed by Amy J. Berg in 2012, is about the Murder of three eight-year-old boys. The evolving of the story positions the audience to accept that the West Memphis three were the victims of personal greed, and a miscarriage of justice cause by upbringing as “trailer trash”. Which is soon shown to allegations and not based off solid evidence. Growing up I was taught to be honest a helpful and obviously treat people with respect, but I was taught that the…

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    In the matter of Roper v. Simmons (2005), 17 year old Christopher Simmons and two accomplices had planned a murder in great detail and carried out the killing of victim Shirley Crook. In 1993, Simmons entered Crook’s home, robbed her, tied her up, and finally threw her off a bridge. The case had an overwhelming amount of evidence including a confession from Simmons, testimony from another accomplice in the planning of the murder, and a videotaped reenactment of the murder. At the age of 17,…

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    All across the United States and all throughout history our judicial system has been terrible. Trials that stand out are very similar, they don’t have reasonable doubt, they all have a bias against the defendant to begin with, and the judicial system doesn’t want to look bad. The witch trials are a great example and one of the oldest to happen in the colonial era, but it was still in America. The West Memphis three is another great example of the judicial system being corrupt. Even though these…

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    While there are many of people that are in prison for something they did and they deserve to be in prison, there are also probably just as many in prison for crimes they didn’t commit and are now serving time for. The case that usually comes to mind with a lot of people is the West Memphis three. This story was a gigantic topic when it first hit TV and newsstands. There is another case almost exactly like West Memphis three called the Central Park Five. Both stories prove that innocent people go…

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    Does a shark belong in a glass and steel fortified box? Better yet, dead, suspended in formaldehyde, in an art gallery , in a glass and steel fortified box? I ask myself this question while I read Terry Tempest Williams “A Shark in the mind of one contemplating wilderness” I try to comprehend what Damien Hirst is trying to evoke from the eyes and minds viewing his “sculpture” titled “the physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living” (williams 570). Hirst states “I like ideas of…

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