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Re: “Only the guilty want closure in West Memphis Three case

Wow. With all the back-and-forth, I'm left wondering on a few counts. First, I was around (native Arkansan) when the murders, trials, etc. occurred. I didn't follow it from the beginning, as I assumed they were guilty. But I confess-how on earth could three teenagers commit these murders and not leave a shred of DNA at the crime scene or on the bodies?

Also, I would encourage people to read Devil's Knot and not base their opinions on the movie-it's totally different. It DOES talk frankly about Jesse's several confessions. It also says that his lawyer originally believed he was guilty. (Note that of the original counsel, only Jesse's remained to the end. Why would he do that unless something had changed his mind?)

It also doesn't paint Damien as some merely misunderstood teen. He was an arrogant smartass. But both he and Jason supposedly believed that since they didn't do it, they couldn't possibly be convicted-so why wouldn't Damien be a smartass? I have taught plenty of smartass teens, and I find his behavior pretty typical. That doesn't make him a murderer. Oh, and just because someone lies, that doesn't make him a murderer, either. If it did, every single one of us would find ourselves on death row.

I'm also troubled by Jason. Regardless of what anyone may think about Damien, the only motive I'm reading for Jason, even among these comments, is that he just went along with anything Damien wanted. Um, really? Your best friend says, "Hey, let's kill some little boys tonight," and you, whom everyone labels the "responsible one of the family," say, "Sure! Whatever you say!"??? Jason was also given the opportunity to "confess" and was urged to do so by his lawyers. He was 16 years old and in more trouble than he'd ever been in, in his life. Unlike Damien, Jason WASN'T a smartass, high-school dropout troublemaker. Why didn't he jump at the chance to confess if he were really guilty?, lty?

I'm also wondering what happened to "reasonable doubt." Obviously, the two juries were somehow persuaded. But ... where's the "beyond reasonable doubt" evidence? I haven't read the original case files, so I challenge those who claim that "beyond reasonable doubt" evidence is there to cite it ically. Show me somethat definitively proves these three men were the killers. If it exists, why didn't Fogelman point it out to all of the naysayers? If it truly exists, then why accept an Alford Plea from three heinous murderers and let them go free?

Finally, if you've ever been wrongfully accused and punished, you won't have trouble understanding why Damien and Jason won't let this go. Sorry. This doesn't seem to me to be the action of some narcissistic child murderer who wants to relive the crime. Can anyone honestly say they'd just ride off into the sunset with this situation if they were actually innocent? Is that what you think Jesse is doing? Wow. Just...wow.

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Posted by Cynda Bellamy on 06/28/2014 at 2:17 AM
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