... People in West Memphis are going to tell their kids stories. This books publish date is Oct 08, 2002 and it has a suggested retail price of $24.00. Heavy metal music, role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, and horror movies were regarded as gateways to evil. Actor Rex Linn from Devil's Knot is cast as "Chief Inspector Gitchell." Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, Devil’s Knot is based on the true story of the West Memphis 3. Three young boys playing in the nearby woods never come home for dinner. With a large population of fundamentalist Christians, the American South was particularly subject to occult paranoia. As recounted in Mara Leveritt's book, Devil's Knot, a thorough search of Robin Hood Hills directed by Chief Inspector Gary W. Gitchell of the West Memphis Police Department commenced early on the morning of May 6, 1993. Devil's Knot (2013) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. “Devil’s Knot” ends after the trial, so this movie is the tale of a Salem-style lynch mob. Three teenagers were arrested and convicted for the crimes. Others who continue to believe in the guilt of the West Memphis Three point to an interview given to police on May 18, 1993 by Laura Maxwell (another third-hand story, admittedly), in which she was told by a friend that Damien killed the boys after they "saw something they weren't supposed to have seen"--presumably Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley engaged in "devil-worshipping meetings in that park." Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. During Misskelley's trial, Hutcheson testified that she had attended an "an occult Satanic meeting" she referred to as an "esbat." The murders took place in West Memphis, Arkansas. What’s known is that three young boys were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993. Gangsters, fighters, athletes, serial killers, celebrities and so much more–these movies are the best of the based-on-a-true-story stories. "... Every crime, no matter what it is, gets blamed on Satanism.". “Devil’s Knot” ends after the trial, so this movie is the tale of a Salem-style lynch mob. Griffis also found the devil in nearly every number associated with the crime. The third put forth the unusual theory that the killings were committed as a cult ritual. … CDN$14.44. Classmates at Weaver Elementary School, the three were active in their Cub Scout troop and responsible enough to be trusted to roam their neighborhood without supervision. From Wonder Woman 1984 to The Dry, these are the not-to-be-missed movies in cinemas this summer. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Steve Jones, a juvenile parole officer from Crittenden County, peered over the steep bank of a water-filled ditch in the woods near the Blue Beacon truck wash. Pam Hobbs divorced Terry Hobbs in 2004 and has reversed her position on the West Memphis Three's guilt. Initially, Misskelley repeatedly denied having knowledge of the crime, aside from rumors that Damien Echols was involved. Popular on Netflix. Little kids will be looking under their bed — 'Damien might be under there! Reese Witherspoon does a fine job as Pam Hobbs, a grieving mother of one of the victims. With their 2007 request for a new trial rejected, time was running out for the West Memphis Three. A statement he made to the producers of Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills did little to help his public image. That the slain boys were each 8 years-old was important because eight was a "witch's number." As a lightly fictionalised feature adaptation of events surrounding this tragic case, Devil’s Knot often finds itself struggling to justify its very existence. WEST MEMPHIS, AR — Before Making a Murderer and before Serial, there was the West Memphis Three. The teenagers were subsequently sentenced to death Echols and life … I wouldn't do something like that. It’s a case built on a shoddy confession and community bias, and includes allegations of Satanism, sexual abuse and mutilation. Although the bodies were discovered at 1:30 p.m., investigators didn't call the coroner until 3:58 p.m. By the time the coroner arrived, fly larvae were already present in the nostrils and eyes of the victims. Because I was thinking, if you haven't done anything, then they can't prove you did something you haven't actually done. Covered in wounds, all three showed signs of having been beaten. On the morning of June 2, 1993, Jessie Misskelley Jr., a 17-year-old high school drop out with a reported IQ of 73, was taken into custody by Detective Mike Allen. Joseph DeAngelo was known by many names—“Golden State Killer,” “East Area Rapist,” “Original Night Stalker,” “Visalia Ransacker,” and “Diamond Knot Killer.” From 1974 to 1986, he committed at least 13 murders and 50 rapes and ransacked more than 120 homes. I didn't even comprehend that the situation could get this serious — that it can go this far. In the rush to find and convict the killers, police focus on a trio of teenagers suspected of devil worship. "Devil's Knot" is in an impossible bind. She has since expressed her belief that her ex-husband was involved in the murders, citing the discovery of her son's favorite pocket knife in Terry Hobbs' belongings. The knife was thrown into the lake by Baldwin's mother a year before the murders. Inconsistencies in Terry Hobbs' alibi, as well as revelations about subsequent violent acts, have also led many to believe that he may be the actual killer. A tough viewing experience for the most part, perhaps best appreciated by those not too familiar with the actual events. log in. The three were finally released in 2011, having been sentenced in 1994. The movie … As rumors of a Satanic sacrifice swept the community, the minds of many in West Memphis were already made up. She also stated that beyond the single meeting at her trailer, she had no further contact with Echols. If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood Gregg Olsen. Devil’s Knot: dramatic portrayal of the investigation and trials. Dangal; The Sky Is Pink; Wonder; Paan Singh Tomar; Coach Carter; 12 Strong; Catch Me If You Can; Thackeray (Hindi) Manjhi: The Mountain Man; Sanju; Panipat - The Great Betrayal; A Beautiful … In the years since the trial, John Mark Byers, adoptive father of Christopher Byers, and Pamela Hobbs, mother of Stevie Branch, became vocal supporters of the West Memphis Three. A murderer was loose in West Memphis.