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Blood of Innocents: The True Story of Multiple Murder in West Memphis, Arkansas Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786018607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786018604
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two books have been written on this case; if you're only going to read one, though, do not choose this one. This case has turned out to be a very controversial one with seriously troubling questions about the manner in which the defendants were identified, incriminated, and prosecuted. But these authors, two of whom covered the trial as newspaper reporters, pretty much miss the story concerning those issues and instead choose to report on every lurid bit of unsubstantiated rumor and gossip concerning Satanic rituals and orgies and sacrifices that they can find; no tale is too absurd, no accusation too outrageous, to be harped on. A goth magazine found in the trash of one of the defendant's girlfriends gets twice as much ink (two pages worth) as the trial testimony of a defense expert witness on false confessions, an issue that is perhaps the central point of contention in this case. Two more pages go to a juvenile in confinement who is obviously improvising a false story about local Satanic street gangs affiliated with Bloods and Crips, while another defense expert who testifies about the lack of factual evidence or scientific basis to support the then-trendy theory of a national occult crime wave gets less than one page.

Like national reporters who have recently been embarrassed by simply believing and uncritically reporting stories from government officials about things such as the Jessica Lynch ordeal, stories which it is now obvious were largely invented by those officials, these reporters basically accepted the word of the authorities - prosecution and police - hook, line, and sinker without doing any critical investigatory work.
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This terribly biased book portrays the West Memphis Three as immediately guilty and evil while glossing over major portions of the case. Skip it and read Devil's Knot and see the movies instead.
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I bought this book after viewing the documentary, Paradise Lost. I was disapointed. I was expecting and hoping for an unbiased account of this brutal, terrifying crime. Instead, I bought a poorly-written and biased account of the crimes.
Instead of focusing on the sensational crimes and the "Satanism Scare" that plauged the media for months, Blood of Innocents focued more on descriptions of the city and tedious biographies of minor characters.
For those interested in the case of the "West Memphis Three," I would suggest they search elsewhere.
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I have been following this case since 1993. I have always been on the fence about the guilt or innocence of Damien, Jason and Jessie. I have read every single book written about the case and while this book has a few faults, I realize it was written in 1995 before a lot more information was known. I wouldn't recommend this book as a way to learn the truth about the case. It is biased towards their guilt just like Devils Knot and Dark Spells are biased towards their innocence. If you are looking for facts, go to http://callahan.8k.com/ . There you will find every possible document from the case.
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i held off on reading this book because every review i read said how biased it was. but i had already read the devil's knot and watched all the documentaries so i decided i would give this one a go too. i went into it fully expecting to hate it because of its supposed biases but i did not find that to be the case. i thought it was pretty even handed and raised the point many times that the police may have had the wrong guys. i'm not entirely sure why everyone else found it so biased. it's true that it did not make the wm3 out to be surely innocent as other books/movies on the subject did, but keep in mind that this book was published right after the trials and the authors did not have a lot of the information that we know today. if you want a definitive book on the subject read "the devil's knot" but if you have already read that and are interested in multiple perspectives, give this one a try too. they do mention a handful of things that i don't remember hearing about already in other works on the subject.
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I read this book a few years ago. At the time, I actually found it intriguing, but the author certainly didn't convince me that those who were convicted were guilty. I thought that there was a possibility that they could be guilty, but I came to the conclusion that there was a huge lack of evidence to support any conviction, despite the "confession." Now that I have researched the case, I would caution others who read this book to read more material about the case and to watch the documentaries before forming any conclusions.
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This book raises more questions about the innocence of the West Memphis Three. The only book that I have ever read that wasn't necessarily completely supportive of Echols, Baldwin & Misskelley.
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The WM3 were guilty until proven innocent. This book is complete TRASH. It perpetuates the story that the WM3 are responsible for the crime. I don't see any evidence within these pages that points to the WM3 at all. Coincidence? I don't think so. This is a piece of crap that rushes to judgement.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS FILTH.
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