Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Freeing the West Memphis Three

Freed but not exonerated, the men known as the West Memphis Three were released last August after spending 18 years in prison, convicted of killing three young boys in what prosecutors described as “a Satanic ritual.”

Today in Crime History: The West Memphis Three Case Begins

On the afternoon of 6 May 1993, West Memphis was rocked by the news of the discovery of the mutilated bodies of three eight-year-old boys. The crimes were pinned–wrongfully–on three local teens, who were alleged to have killed the boys in a Satanic ritual. After 18 years in prison, the teens, now in their 30s, were freed.

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