Cases allegedly involving ritual abuse
The 1993 Robin Hood Hills
murders in West Memphis AR
In 1993, three eight-year old boys were viciously murdered in Robin Hood
Hills, West Memphis, AR. Three teenagers were accused of the crime. After a
bungled police investigation and a trial that appealed to the juror's fears and
bigotry, the teens were convicted.
DNA evidence found was found on a human hair at the murder scene. The DNA has conclusively proved that all of the West Memphis Three are innocent. However, the DNA sample is a match to about 1.5% of the population, including a step father of one of the victims.
Until 2011-AUG-19, the three remained in jail, apparently innocent, while the perpetrator(s) go free. They were forced to file an Alford Plea in which they claim innocence of the crime but acknowledge that there is enough evidence to prove their guilt. It was their only way to obtain their freedom, and is regarded as a guilty plea by the prosecution. This allowed the state of Arkansas to avoid millions of dollars in reparation for wrongful imprisonment.
The film "West of Memphis" tells their story. It opened on 2013-FEB-01. According to Bruce Demara, entertainment reporter for the Toronto Star:
"There is no justice when the real killer remains free. That director Amy Berg and co-writer Billy McMillin dare to point a finger at Terry Hobbs -- the step father of one of the victims -- and to cite compelling evidence of his guilt is an act of staggering courage. That the justice system in Arkansas refuses to hold any of its own to account for an avalanche of incompetence and collusion -- and worse -- is an appaling act of cowardice."
The movie opened in North America on 2013-FEB-01.
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