Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt
The True Story of the West Memphis Three

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The West Memphis Three. Accused, convicted…and set free. Do you know their story?

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 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.

About Mara Leveritt

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Mara Leveritt won a White Award for investigative journalism in 1991, was named Arkansas Journalist of the Year in 1992, and was awarded Arkansas's Booker Worthen Prize in 2000 for her book The Boys on the Tracks. A contributing editor to the Arkansas Times, she lives in Little Rock.
Published October 8, 2002 by Atria Books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Arkansas investigative journalist Leveritt (The Boys on the Tracks) presents an affecting account of a controversial trial in the wake of three child murders in Arkansas.

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A trial of three teenagers who were alleged members of a satanic cult followed, and in a town that was in a lynching mood, the West Memphis Three were given life sentences, and one boy the death penalty.

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Three children were savagely murdered in 1993.

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I am talking about the story Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Bladwin… Also known to many supporters worldwide as, “The West Memphis Three.” Besides the HBO documentaries, Paradise Lost and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, there are two books which tell the tale and continuing saga of the ...

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