This is a very important book about a horrific crime which took place in West Memphis in the early 90s - three eight-year-old boys were brutally murdered in a terrifying attack, and subsequent events led to the imprisonment of three teenagers for the crime, and yet there appears to be a dearth of evidence to actually link these suspects to the murders. These three suspects were convicted & are currently in jail (one is on Death Row), but there is a massive movement of people who subscribe to the view that the arrest was wrongful and that there are certain other suspects still at large who appear to have been inadequately investigated by the police. It's a tangled web, and one that is harrowing, intense, and quite likely to have you in tears. And it's still not over; there have now been two books about this, two films, and a new major movie is in production now about the events - read this book and make up your own mind. Considering the 'evidence' in this case, it's good that the author maintains as much objectivity as can be expected - there are times when reading this that you may feel, as I did, like banging your fists on the floor in exasperation at the incredibly inept investigation into this case, and it's then, on reflection, that you sometimes wonder about the reasons behind that apparently lax police work, and you hope that the hints here and there of hidden agendas are wrong, because therein lies the spectre of sinister goings-on behind the scenes. Let's hope the truth will finally be uncovered by the attention this book and the movie will bring to this case once again, and that justice can be done and the poor victims can finally be allowed to rest in peace.
I liked hunting west Memphis boogie man more, this was more like one big story, boogie man was fact listing and not as biais as this. Still a good read thought if you have an interest this vile horribal crime. RIP stevie Michael Chrisopter I think the ture victims and family's are mostly forgotten in this sad story please remember who's here now and who is NOT. Sending love to victims families xx
For anyone looking for the facts of the West Memphis 3 case, where three teenagers were falsely imprisoned for murdering three small boys, this is a great kicking off point. Mara Leveritt goes into great detail, which helps explain the who, what, where, when and how.
However, given that the book was written years ago now, there have been major updates, and it would be great to see an addendum or new version that brings those in.
This was such a sad story to read and it just leaves you with a feeling of disgust for the human race.After reading the story it really leaves you not knowing who really murdered these three young boys.The police were totally incompetent in their handling of the whole investigation and it really leaves you wondering were they actually that incompetent or did John Michael Byers have some damning evidence against some of the officers that were leading this investigation as he looked the prime suspect in this case.In the Bible belt of America it is easy to twist an investigation against 3 teenagers that are not your normal everyday teens, when you bring satanic overtures to the table and that is what was done here in my opinion.It's definitely a book I would recommend someone to read.
An excellent insight to the case but it takes forever to read as all the case notes/sources/references are in the back and throughout the book, it references back to these so there is a lot of flicking back and fourth and a lot to take in. The only consolation of reading this is knowing the 3 are out. Check out West Of Memphis as a follow-up... Mara Leveritt also features in the documentary -- but this is a fantastic but thorough "introduction" to the case. It's also being turned into a film at some point!
A very well written and clear book for such a complicated story - it tells the story of prejudice and lack of police procedure that lead to the conviction of three young teenagers for the murder of three small boys while their killer remains free!