The Satanic Panic and the West Memphis Three

Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin

It was eight years ago today that the three men, who had been in prison for 18 years for murders they did not commit, were able to take an unusual legal plea in order to gain their freedom.

Their case certainly isn’t the first one where innocent people were convicted and imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit — the Central Park Five is another, much more famous, example. What I think…