West Memphis 3: The cost of freedom

Sep 17, 2011 Full story: CBS News 454

Damien Echols, left, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., center, and Jason Baldwin sit at a table before a news conference at the Craighead County Court House in Jonesboro, Ark., Friday, Aug.

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mrmike2

United States

#1 Sep 18, 2011
Watched show.....didnt really agree with how the show projected Jason and Jesse. Damien was the "star" and Lorrie was his "prize". They, producers, turned them into reality stars. Totally wrong.
Show did not tell the story as a mystery or solved crime. More of a star studded soap opera.
just my opinion!
guest

Little Rock, AR

#2 Sep 18, 2011
You should have drank about 20 less beers and you might have actually seen some of the program last night. Sober up and get back to us with something besides more nonsense. I bet you are just pissed because CBS was honest enough to talk about most of the witch hunt nonsense christians made up and how Kent Arnold is clearly guilty of jury tampering. Don't worry. Justice is never coming. There never was any possibility of it either.
guest

Eads, TN

#3 Sep 18, 2011
I didnt watch it, but can you really say otherwise..

Sadly, Our society has become hooked on "Reality" TV, and the so-called West Memphis Three are a perfect "product" for that!

Perceived injustice at the hands of the only social group that can still be made fun of without fear of lawsuits or retribution: People from the South. A intelligent and manipulative "Leader" in Damien Echols, Star Studded "Support", millions of dollars in wasted donated money, and they are perfect for the attention span of the modern day tv viewer.

unknowwn

United States

#4 Sep 18, 2011
I agree with Mr Mike. Not much of a show besides giving the producers a way of showing the down side of the case. Three innocent boys were killed and three boys were railroaded into a conviction which was NOT overturned.
Damien and Lori looked terrible in my eyes. Very well spoken for their parts but more like fame seekers on the show. Jason was the given show time but poor Jessie was again shown in a poor me situation.
Hope the best for all of them. God bless the victims in this story too.
Jason

Jonesboro, AR

#5 Sep 18, 2011
"When we told prosecutors we were innocent, they put us in prison for life. Now when we plead guilty, they set us free!"
Jason

Jonesboro, AR

#6 Sep 18, 2011
..this is justice in Arkansas: a political compromise that saves money and face, but leaves everyone wanting something more.

Since: Aug 09

Colorado Springs, CO

#7 Sep 18, 2011
i thought the show was ok.i wish they'd mentioned jesse more thou.everytime i see tryy hobbs i want to puke
mee

Hot Springs Village, AR

#8 Sep 18, 2011
I wish try would have a show about more of the evidence which shows they are innocent not guilty and what they are really doing to prove the right person for it... not that they are out exploring the world..I feel like damien and jason should help jesse get to see some of what they are getting to see even if they have to let his parents go with him!!!!

jesse parents only!!!! not his fake ass girl!!
guest

Little Rock, AR

#9 Sep 18, 2011
Just wondering what ever happened to Damiens little boy and the baby momma?
curious

Memphis, TN

#10 Sep 18, 2011
I thought it was just a repeat from last year, with small portion of recent interviewing....

I think Jessie is right where he want's to be. Unlike Damien and Jason, it seems like he had a strong relationship with his family before imprisonment and during. And Damien has said they weren't really friends with Jessie before all of this, they have been pretty gracious I think considering he did originally state that he watch and participated in this crime with them. Shows that Jason and Damien are pretty compassionate people toward Jessie being lead by police, and still they forgive him, and have included him in their fight to prove innocence.

A couple friends and I went to the trials every day, and his mother was always there, I guess looking back, maybe out of obligation of being his mom. Does anyone know the relationship now between them? She was there the day of their release, but he never mentions her, and I didn't see her in any pictures, afterward. I am sure she didn't do everything right, lack of education maybe, and just not knowing how to fight for him, is it possible he didn't think she was doing all that she could do? He commented on an interview that the happiest he has been was the last 10 years he had been with Lori. The reporter joked "so death row has been happier than your childhood?" That's sad. And what about Jason's family, I don't recall any mention of them, I think I heard something from an aunt. And her comment didn't impress me much.... Something along the lines of "I hope he realizes what he will be facing out here". I mean, could it be much worse then what he was looking forward to in prison? Sure it will not be easy, but seems like a very intelligent guy, and better chance of clearing his name as part of the world opposed to in jail. It is almost as if all this happen to those guy's so they could be placed in the life they are being given now, and without this, would they be walking the streets of New York, have the group of awsome friends that have rallied around them, received an education? It looks as if they may have been given more opportunity in an odd way!!

His son lives in AI, or somewhere far away from West Memphis. He is still apart of his life, and would visit periodically according to Damien's interview last year. Some folks have thrown him under the train for not mentioning him, he may not want the spotlight, and Damien has spent the entire child's life in prison. Damien had no father figure, and his chance was taken from him to be a dad. I am sure he is doing the best he knows how.
wm demon

Rockwall, TX

#11 Sep 19, 2011
I must say that Damien, his wife, and Jason showed great poise during the show. They either were coached or really prepared.
What

Elgin, TX

#12 Sep 20, 2011
They were not friends with Jesse before all of this happened
now now

Birmingham, AL

#13 Sep 20, 2011
What wrote:
They were not friends with Jesse before all of this happened
jessie was with jason not so much damien

Since: Aug 11

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#14 Sep 20, 2011
I guess imitation IS the most sincere form of flattery, as I am THE ORIGINAL mrmikeyd.:}
I was unable to watch the telecast but someone mentioned a "reality" show and if EVER there was one in the offering it will be for Jessie Misskelley and his future bride (if she ever divorces the man she is currently married to)
A twist on "The simple life" with a simple minded convict in a trailer park with his gold digging "fiance" and the simpletons they duped out of donations on facebook. Complete with a tattoe of a clock on his head! "What time is it" could be the catchphrase!

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#15 Sep 20, 2011
guest wrote:
Just wondering what ever happened to Damiens little boy and the baby momma?
Dimini and Damien's son live in California. They have shown real class during this whole fiasco by maintaining their privacy. There was very little contact over the years with Damien and his son, a decision that was mutually agreed upon for the sake of the child and it has been reported that contact has been made by Damien with his son and a visit is planned at a later date.
My Name Is Earl

Birmingham, AL

#16 Sep 20, 2011
let them go far far away and be forgotten
Well

Marion, AR

#17 Sep 20, 2011
mrmikeyd wrote:
<quoted text>
Dimini and Damien's son live in California. They have shown real class during this whole fiasco by maintaining their privacy. There was very little contact over the years with Damien and his son, a decision that was mutually agreed upon for the sake of the child and it has been reported that contact has been made by Damien with his son and a visit is planned at a later date.
Michael, you know absolutely nothing about the relationship between Domini Teer and Echols so don't even pretend like you are in the know. Hell...you don't even have the state right.
wm demon

Rockwall, TX

#18 Sep 20, 2011
Dont know if its flattery or what, mr mike 1 or mr mike 2
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#19 Sep 21, 2011
Boring
Hmmmm

United States

#20 Sep 21, 2011
Listen to the actual confessions on utube! To be so "dumb" like the supporters claim, Jessie sure can tell a very convincing story of how these three little boys were tortured and left dead in a muddy ditch! I don't believe for one second that the police hypnotized Jessie into making up the story! If u want to know what happened to the little boys, listen to the confessions and Jessie will tell u what happened! In the interviews the police actualy recommended that jessie should seek council, but Jessie said "no, I'm just ready to get it out there!" Jessie also stated that everyone at the police department had been very nice to him....

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