Circle Of Life
West Memphis Three – Free!
After 18 years imprisonment (one of the accused on death row), two compelling documentaries, celebrity support, and a huge legal effort the West Memphis Three (Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jesse Misskelley) are free men. They had been wrongly (the evidence seems very clear on this) accused and convicted of brutally murdering three eight year-old boys when they were themselves teenagers. They got caught up in the Satanic Panic of the late 80s and early 90s and railroaded into prison.
The documentaries, ‘Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills’ and ‘Paradise Lost: Revelations,’ were largely responsible for bringing this case to national attention. The men owe a large part of their freedom to the makers of those films. There is a third film, ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’ set to be released soon.
The legal settlement that freed them may not have been perfect, the three had to plead guilty of the murders (while being allowed to state they were innocent) in order to gain their freedom.
Got a little angry here. An innocent child of seven died after being beaten by her parents for seven hours! They did take breaks for prayer, presumably to ask God to heal the child enough to be able to resume the learnin’.
The parents had their other eight children taken from them and were tried and sentenced to prison time for murder. What needs to happen now is the prosecute the crackpots who wrote the book from which these two parents learned their disciple techniques. The book is call ‘To Train Up A Child’ and it’s a best seller.
The CNN report can be seen here.
Skeptics Get A Little Primetime
ABC’s Nightline Primetime: Beyond Belief program on psychic ability aired this past week. They did about as well as we skeptic’s could hope for.
You can read my blog on the show here.
Music heard on the show…
First ad break bumpers: ‘We Care A Lot’ by Faith No More & ‘Spinning Round’ by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Here Comes Your Man‘ by Pixies & ‘Eight Miles High’ by Husker Du
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle