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Evidence Analysis

by Chris Worthington

New - updated 2004

A point-by-point analysis of the evidence
by Chris Worthington

"Eleven." -- Gary Gitchell, West Memphis Police Chief of Detectives 
(when asked by the media before the trial to rate his department's case against Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley on a scale from one to ten.)

"There was a remarkable lack of physical evidence against anybody."
-- Prosecutor John Fogleman
(when asked about the lack of physical evidence against the West Memphis Three - Phoenix Times, 11/14/96.)

"Yeah, I'm innocent."
-- Jason Baldwin
(after being asked by the judge if he had anything to say at his sentencing.)


Who's right?

Decide for yourself. This site will take a critical look at the evidence which put -- and keeps --The West Memphis Three in prison for The Robin Hood Hills Murders. We will use The Supreme Court of Arkansas Opinions affirming their convictions as the source for that evidence. There will be no doctoring of how the Opinions describe the evidence, and none of what they mention directly involving Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, or Jessie Misskelley, Jr. will be omitted. We will examine the evidence the same way the juries at the original trials were supposed to. Is there any reason not to believe it? How relevant is it? Is it at all conclusive? In addition, we will consider whether information the juries were not allowed to hear and new evidence which has recently come to light might have changed their viewpoint. Excerpts from the Supreme Court Opinion will be represented in bold type. When we are finished, you can decide if there is a case against The West Memphis Three. This is a different way to think of this site. Most of the Free The WM3 website tries to explain the real reasons Damien was sentenced to death and Jason and Jessie to life in prison by Arkansas . . . Satanic panic . . .a rush to judgment . . . narrow-minded prejudice...

This page will show you how the prosecution got away with it....

PART I -- THE EVIDENCE AGAINST JESSIE MISSKELLEY, JR.

1) JESSIE MISSKELLEY'S CONFESSION

A) EVIDENCE JESSIE MISSKELLEY HAD CRIME KNOWLEDGE UNAVAILABLE TO PUBLIC
B) DAMIEN ECHOLS SPOTTED NEAR CRIME SCENE
C) EVIDENCE MISSKELLEY ATTENDED ESBATS WITH ACCOMPLICES
D) EVIDENCE ONE VICTIM HAD BEEN STALKED
E) JESSIE MISSKELLEY CORRECTLY IDENTIFIES BALDWIN'S CLOTHING
F) FIBER EVIDENCE LINKING ACCOMPLICES TO CRIME

The Supreme Court of Arkansas Opinion in the Misskelley (A) case runs 24 pages, addressing