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Re: “The line is open

Re: Leveritt's Newsweek article. Her dedication to this cause is more than admirable; however, to describe Damien Echols as a "precocious teenager" is, in my opinion, not supported by any of the available sources and erodes her credibility as a journalist. IN fact it appears that Echols was a very disturbed young man with diagnosed psychiatric history. His last of three commitments to a mental hosp was prompted by allegations (by his family) that he had threatened to slit his mother’s throat and drink her blood, and eat his father.These hospital records were introduced by the defense in the penalty phase of the trial and available on line at: http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/img/exh500.html The records are hard to wade through, but they are there and do not describe a Precocious teenager.
I believe they very well may be innocent and Mara Leveritt's reporting over the years has had a great deal to do with that belief.

However, i can't help but think that her comments to Newsweek are now inspired by a desire to profit from the murders of these innocent children. "Misunderstood Outcasts railroaded in the Bible Belt" certainly makes for a better movie pitch than "documented mental patient and alleged dog killer framed for gruesome child murders." Although my opinion on the gross miscarriage of justice that has occurred surrounding these murders has not changed, my opinion on Leveritt's credibility has. A noble cause seems to to have morphed into a profitable one for Leveritt.

Posted by MAS on 08/31/2011 at 3:38 AM

 

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