I’ve added two new pages to the case history section, one about the role of Vicki and Aaron Hutcheson and another about the Marked Tree incident.

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Damien and the Animals

May 17, 2013

The avenging prankster who runs the DamienEchols93 Twitter feed recently posted various accounts of young Damien’s treatment of animals. This eventually got a rise out of Damien Echols himself, who dismissed “the animal lies”. The whole thing is documented here: Damien Echols Responds to Animal Cruelty Claims.

I’ll just add that all of this information was available to the Paradise Lost filmmakers, who chose not to include any of it. However, the first film did address the animal issue. At around the 8:00 mark in Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Joe Hutchison, father of Damien Echols, says, “This boy is not capable of the crime that he’s been arrested for. I’ve seen him take a little kitten and love it just like you love a little baby.”

So who you gonna believe?

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Hearing 3/27/2013

March 28, 2013

There was a very strange court hearing in Marion yesterday. Some accounts: WREG Memphis: New Possible Suspects In 1993 West Memphis Murders Trench Reynolds: WM3 defense accuse new ‘suspects’ with pot smoking gay tryst scenario Here are two newspaper article currently behind pay walls. Jody Callahan writes in the Memphis Commercial Appeal: An attorney representing […]

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A Real Journalist Reviews West of Memphis

March 13, 2013

The West Memphis Evening Times has a scathing review of West of Memphis written by Gary Meece. The article is only available to subscribers on their website, so I’m reprinting the whole thing here. “West of Memphis, east of the truth” by Gary Meece West Memphis Evening Times – March 12, 2013 “West of Memphis” […]

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Two letters in Salem newspaper

March 8, 2013

The Salem News (of Salem, Massachusetts) today runs two letters to the editor protesting local festival screenings of West of Memphis, including one with hometown hero and America’s most beloved murderer, Damien Echols himself, in attendence: Father Speaks Out Against Documentary by Todd Moore Documentary Screening Criticized by Mike Blatty

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New Greg Day Post

March 2, 2013

Greg Day has a new blog URL — blog.gregcday.com — and a new blog post up entitled “The Brainwashed Do Not Know They Are Brainwashed”. Day seems to be a full-fledged believer in the WM3′s guilt now: “Any way you slice it, all roads lead back to Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley.” Bravo.

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Hamish McKenzie on West of Memphis

February 22, 2013

At The Atlantic: The Unsettling Recklessness of Peter Jackson’s ‘West of Memphis’ by Hamish McKenzie. McKenzie criticizes the film for its hypocritical and reckless treatment of Terry Hobbs. So far, so good. This level of skepticism places McKenzie in the top 1% of mainstream journalists covering this case. Ultimately I find the article aggravating, however. […]

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Where did Exhibit 500 come from?

January 22, 2013

Damien Echols told an especially bizarre and preposterous lie in a recent interview with some dimwit named Brian Tallerico at Hollywood Chicago. This particular lie deals with the origin of Exhibit 500, a compendium of Echols’ psychiatric records from the period leading up to the murders. Here is Echols’ version of events: ECHOLS: When you […]

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Jennifer Bearden in West of Memphis

January 7, 2013

The Paradise Lost films never dealt with Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley’s alleged alibis in any detail. The new film West of Memphis fills that gap with lots of alibi claims. Our case history section has a page devoted to the murderers’ failed alibis. This post looks at one particular alibi witness whose name has popped […]

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The View fawns over Damien Echols

December 14, 2012

Holy fuck, now I’ve seen everything. Damien Echols was a guest on The View last week, and the hosts ate up every word. Jeanine Pirro used to be a district attorney and a judge in New York. Did she bring the same astuteness to her job back then? “Well, Mr. Berkowitz, if you say you […]

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