Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three

Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three

Mara Leveritt / Feb 28, 2020

Devil s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three In one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history was set right when Damien Echols Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison Award

  • Title: Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
  • Author: Mara Leveritt
  • ISBN: 9780743417600
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 2011, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history was set right when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison Award winning journalist Mara Leveritt s The Devil s Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on the investigation, trials, and convictions of three teeIn 2011, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history was set right when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison Award winning journalist Mara Leveritt s The Devil s Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on the investigation, trials, and convictions of three teenage boys who became known as the West Memphis Three.For weeks in 1993, after the murders of three eight year old boys, police in West Memphis, Arkansas seemed stymied Then suddenly, detectives charged three teenagers, alleged members of a satanic cult, with the killings Despite the witch hunt atmosphere of the trials, and a case which included stunning investigative blunders, a confession riddled with errors, and an absence of physical evidence linking any of the accused to the crime, the teenagers were convicted Jurors sentenced Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to life in prison and Damien Echols, the accused ringleader, to death The guilty verdicts were popular in their home state, even upheld on appeal, and all three remained in prison until their unprecedented release in August 2011.With close up views of its key participants, this award winning account unravels the many tangled knots of this endlessly shocking case, one which will shape the American legal landscape for years to come.

    Devil s Knot film Devil s Knot is a American biographical crime drama film directed by Atom Egoyan.The film is based on a true story as told in Mara Leveritt s book of the same name, concerning three teenagers known as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of killing three young boys during the Satanic ritual abuse panic.They were subsequently sentenced to death Echols and life imprisonment Devil s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three Devil s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three Mara Leveritt on FREE shipping on qualifying offers SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON AND COLIN FIRTH The West Memphis Three Accused Devil s Knot Netflix Frothing for vengeance after three year olds are slain, the community of West Memphis, Ark directs blame at a trio of teens suspected of Satanism Watch trailers learn . Devil s Knot Rotten Tomatoes Atom Egoyan s haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual Devil s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three Devil s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three is a true crime book by Mara Leveritt, about the murders of three eight year old children and the subsequent trials of three teenagers charged with and convicted of the crimes The names of the three teens convicted Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley would come to be known as the West Memphis Three. Devil s Knot Movie Reviews Rotten Tomatoes The Tomatometer rating based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers Devil s Knot Fino a prova contraria Devil s Knot Fino a prova contraria Devil s Knot un film del diretto da Atom Egoyan. Il film basato sulla storia vera, raccontata da Mara Leveritt nel libro Devil s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three, di tre adolescenti, conosciuti come i Tre di West Memphis, accusati ingiustamente dell omicidio di tre bambini e scarcerati dopo anni di prigione Devil s Knot Devil s Bride Books Stephanie Laurens New York When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire ton by offering his hand in marriage. Il prescelto Trama L agente Edward Malus, congedatosi dalla polizia dopo non essere riuscito a salvare una donna e sua figlia da un incidente stradale, torna al servizio quando una sua ex fidanzata Willow lo ricontatta per aiutarla a ritrovare la figlia scomparsa da Summersisle, una piccola isola sulla costa occidentale degli Stati Uniti, dove le due vivono.

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        Mara Leveritt is an Arkansas reporter best known as the author of Devil s Knot Atria 2002 and Dark Spell, Bird Call Press 2013 , the first books of her intended Justice Knot Trilogy about three Cub Scouts who were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas and the case of the three teenagers who were convicted of the murders and then, 18 years later and after pleading guilty were abruptly set free A 2013 feature film staring Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Stephen Moyer is based on Devil s Knot Leveritt s earlier book, The Boys on the Tracks, St Martin s Press 1998, republished by Bird Call Press, 2011 focused on the political intrigue surrounding the still unsolved murders of two Arkansas teenagers Leveritt is a contributing editor at Arkansas Times, where she has written extensively about the prosecution of Tim Howard, an African American man, for the murder of his best friends, who were white After Howard spent almost 15 years on death row, a court found that state officials had not released potentially exculpatory evidence to his defense lawyers at trial a violation of law A new trial has been scheduled for September 2014.Leveritt also blogs on her website about law, police, courts, and prisons She has won several awards for her writing and posts the photo here of herself in cap and gown because she is so unabashedly proud of her honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock As Leveritt is new to , she has started by adding books that influenced her to her bones.


    1. Remind me not to wear a black t-shirt next time I'm in Arkansas. For those who have seen the two "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" documentaries, you should know that the films barely scratched the tip of the iceberg. For those unfamiliar with the case, in 1993 in the town of West Memphis, three 8-year-old boys were found murdered in a ditch near a truck stop. The unbelievable investigative and judicial shit-show that followed resulted in three teenagers being convicted, wit [...]

    2. [The prosecutor] is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer…- Berger v. U.S 295 U.S. 78, [...]

    3. I am a prosecuting attorney (I put bad guys in jail), and I regularly work closely with the police on investigations. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone (judge, attorney, cop) involved in criminal investigations with life or death consequences. I think I read half the book with my mouth hanging open because I was so shocked at the conduct of the police and so incredibly disappointed at the prosecutors who presented the case in spite of such glaring issues. There is always pressure [...]

    4. I live in Little Rock and have met Mara several times. She is a terrific investigative journalist and writer of non-fiction. I read her "The Boys on the Tracks" about the suspicious deaths of two young boys for political expediency during the Clinton Administration in Arkansas. A marvelous and chilling book. Devil's Knot is the story of the West Memphis Three, three Delta teenagers convicted of the ghastly murders of three third graders in 1992, The story is highlighted by gross incompetence on [...]

    5. This book is phenomenal. I have followed this case for so many yearsI live in Memphis, so this happened about 20 miles from my house. I remember everything so vividly and this book is a dead on accurate RELEVANT gem.If you don't know anything about the West Memphis Threeis book is an excellent starter.on a side note, I got to meet Damien last month at a book signing in Oxford, MS. and he was a charming humble and very well spoken man. It was a pleasure to get to listen to him speak.But I digress [...]

    6. A hefty wallop of a book, Devil's Knot will FUCK YOUR BRAIN UP and make you like it. It's true crime in the best sort of way; horrifically true and sad and it will grab you by the metaphorical balls and never let go.Full review (probably) incoming

    7. I just keep shaking my head at the absurdity of this court case. It's a total witch hunt with obvious hate mongers. The murder of three eight-year old boys needed solving. It was a backwoods southern town that did not accept nonconformity. It had a high Christian population, so it expected everyone to believe in a blonde headed, blue eyed Christ. Country music ruled the airwaves. And there was no such thing as mental illness. These three boys, because that's what they were, BOYS, were railroaded [...]

    8. First I want to say that I am not a lawyer and nor am I connected to the case. Everything I have found is public knowledge via movies, books and the internet. I knew very little about the brutal tragedy that struck West Memphis Arkansas. I had noticed this book listed under true crime and added it to my read list. I quickly forgot about it until last week when someone on a message board posted about unsolved crimes. This case was a huge debate on the thread. I quickly watched Devil's Knot and th [...]

    9. I highly recommend everyone read this book. First of all, the travesty of justice it describes is outrageous. It will make you angry. It will leave you virtually convinced that three teenage boys have been in prison for almost 20 years, one on death row, for a crime they didn't commit, while a savage, brutal killer goes free. But even IF you read this book and believe they still might have done it, the investigation and trial that put them in prison was clearly, irrevocably flawed. If this can s [...]

    10. On May 5th 1993, the bodies of three eight year old Arkansan boys -- Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, and Stevie Branch -- were found in a ditch in West Memphis. They were bound at the hands and feet, naked, scratched and mutilated. The justified sadness and outrage of their community followed, as did the pressure to find the person(s) who could have committed such a horrible crime against innocence. Unfortunately, that pressure resulted in no justice done for the boys and three further young l [...]

    11. While Leveritt's books offers a mound of information concerning the case that was necessarily left out by the brief Paradise Lost documentaries of Sinofsky and Berlinger, and her comprehensive focus allows her work to exonerate Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley the way the films could not, the one flaw I see in Devil's Knot is its lack of revelation about the personal qualities of the teenagers, with the possible exception of Jason Baldwin, who is shown to be strong and loyal. Devil's Knot also lac [...]

    12. This is such a difficult book to review. I am giving it four stars because it is well-researched and though the details of the case were reiterated over and over, it didn't seem repetitive. I felt like it was an unbiased representation of events that transpired that resulted in the convictions of three young men for the murders of three 8-year-old boys despite there being no evidence to tie them to the crime scene and no plausible reason for them to have committed said murders.I did a heck of a [...]

    13. "I didn't think there was no possible way they could find us guilty when we didn't do it. Not in America. It's not what I was raised to believe would happen in America." - Jason Baldwin.You might hold the same beliefs as Jason - I know I had always held to the notion that 'the truth will out' and believed that the justice system would ensure that people accused of crimes would be considered 'innocent until proven guilty', with evidence being a major consideration when investigating crimes. I cou [...]

    14. Throughout my time spent reading this book, I hardly knew what to think of the officers and authority figures in West Memphis, Arkansas. It puts a bit of a strain on my view of former President Clinton as well, since he was governor at the time of the incident. Leveritt appeared to stay true to her word in the beginning of the book, that she would remain as impartial as possible as she investigated the case, and would release her findings regardless of the outcome. The general public is lucky, a [...]

    15. The Story begins in West Memphis, Arkansas, on May 5th 1993, when three 8 year old boys were found brutally murdered. In the very beginning the police started to look into the possibility that these were 'satanic ritual killings', and as one defence lawyer later said, the police got a 'Damien Echols tunnel vision'.Damien Echols was a 18 year old boy living in poverty (white trash as he himself has said), with a history of mental illness and more importantly, liked Stepehn King novels, wore black [...]

    16. Journalist Mara Leveritt documents the investigation, trials and appeals of the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.) for the murder of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, on May 5, 1993. With more than 50 pages of endnotes, the events are well-researched and the account well-written, if not neutral. Despite the judge’s rulings, the juries’ verdicts, and the appellate courts affirming the convictions, Leveritt is convinced beyond a rea [...]

    17. it's hard for me to be proud to be an arkansan after reading this book. the examination of corruption--lots of it--revolving around the investigation and trials of the 1993 killings of 3 west memphis 8 year olds is center stage. and it's ugly. in light of the west memphis three's release in august, i can only think that if i had read this book while they were still in prison, i'd be raising all kinds of hell. it's disgusting and shameful how matters were handled. leveritt has done a tremendous j [...]

    18. Fuck the police, and fuck creepy stepfathers who desperately cling to their pathetic religious beliefs to impede justice- and cover their own asses.This account is completely infuriating and very troubling.

    19. Truth really can be stranger and more twisted than fiction! Fascinating case, excellent book covering all aspects. Really enjoyed.

    20. Leveritt is an Arkansas journalist who covered the initial trial in the local papers. Realizing the preposterousness of the entire affair, she went on to support the three and release this book full of facts, photographs, court records and interviews. A few years earlier, my mom and I spent all of Thanksgiving Day watching my DVD’s of Paradise Lost 1 & 2 (these are two HBO Documentaries by Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger that shine a light on all of the unjust facts of the case. The video [...]

    21. *Witch Hunt in West Memphis Arkansas circa 1993*This case was a travesty, a mockery of justice from beginning to end. It's hard to believe that in America, 3 people could end up in jail for so many years, based strictly on speculations, prejudices, and an out and out literal witch hunt. The trial, just like the "evidence" or lack thereof, was insane. After reading the first couple of chapters of this book, I had strong suspicions on who had actually murdered those poor little boys. That "person" [...]

    22. Whoah. This shambles of a murder investigation and its ensuing trial is an incredulous example of your worst nightmare. It's unbelievable to imagine that wearing a black t-shirt and listening to Metallica could condemn you to life in prison. There are chilling similarities between Misskelley's coerced "confession" and Brendan Dassey's interrogation that implicated Steve Avery (the focus of Netflix's Making a Murderer). Both cases appear to be victim to gross ineptitude. Leveritt does a great job [...]

    23. Having seen the movie first I wanted to track this book down and now I finally have. "Like" is not a word I use for true crime stories, however this one was well written. There is so much that I could say about this book but it has been said in many other reviews. If this were a work of fiction it would be a brilliant novel but sadly this was real.

    24. This book was all over the place for me. It evoked a wide range of emotion from anger, disgust, pity, love, hope, rage, acceptance, shame, and numerous others. It caused me to question how we as a society treat people who have been accused of a crime. In my humble opinion I believe America is no longer a country where the accused are innocent until proven guilty. We have become a bloodthirsty nation that thrives on negativity and revenge. Not by any means stereotyping ALL Americans into the cate [...]

    25. I picked this up for several reasons. For one, I've been hearing about this case from friends of mine for a really, really long time. For another, now that the WM3 have been released, they're turning Devil's Knot into a movie which is being shot in my homestate. (Incidentally, *not* Arkansas.) For a third thing, a friend of mine is going to be in the movie. So when I found the book on sale, I figured what the hell and gave it a shot. And it made me unreasonably angry, which is a mark of a book t [...]

    26. "October 11, 2017 –50.0% "In ths story there can be found liars and hoest people. - CAN YOU SPLIT IT UP ALL THAT?"October 11, 2017 –50.0% "1:21:49"October 11, 2017 –5.0% "38:35"October 11, 2017 –5.0% "i AM HERE FOR THE DEAD"October 11, 2017 –5.0% "30:18"October 11, 2017 –1.0% "Ahhhh. he is slow auctioneer!"October 11, 2017 –1.0% "Crime changed humanity it shook once and forever the whole ground. Jealousy, greed all that makes humans go beyond limits."October 11, 2017 – Started Re [...]

    27. Mara Leveritt gives her best with detailed research of the failed criminal justice system in this eastern Arkansas community following the murders of three 8-year-old boys. This is a story about how murder and fear created chaos, which in turn created desperation by police and prosecutors. Devil's Knot details unethical police work that resulted in three vulnerable teenage boys being accused, then convicted of a heinous crime. It becomes clear that community panic led to the acceptance of a botc [...]

    28. I have been telling so many people about this book! I'd never heard of the court case in 1993 and was very surprised to come across this book at Goodwill. The writing is also surprising as it does not read like a typical True Crime book. When I finished the book I looked up the website it suggested for more information and was somewhat surprised to see that all 3 boys are still in jail. The injustices and the lack of laws that were done to these boys was appalling and I assumed that someone woul [...]

    29. Omg, I am absolutely addicted to this case now. I have only been able to catch parts of the second HBO documentary but I am going to set aside uninterrupted time to see both films very soon. Knowing that they are now free and having that validation helps when you get to the end of the book and they are still in prison. This book was well written and the facts and statements are all backed up and referenced in the notes that are the last quarter of the book. I can't imagine how long it must have [...]

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