Johnny Depp Battles for West Memphis ThreeFebruary 24th, 2010 - 11:49 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Feb 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Johnny Depp is set to appear on the well known CBS television show “48 Hours Mystery” on Saturday night, but this appearance won’t be to push a new movie he is in, or discuss any past work he has done. Depp is going to go to bat for three West Memphis boys who were convicted in the murder of three eight year old boys.
Depp is hoping to bring new attention to the case, which involves Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols, and Jason Baldwin. These boy were arrested and then found guilty of the murders of the three little boys in 1994. One of the three, Damien Echols, is now on death row. The other two, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, received life sentences.
Depp says that he “can relate” to the Memphis Three, as he grew up in a small town in Kentucky where he was often judged by his appearance. He feels that the community needed “swift justice” and convicted the boys more on the fact that they listened to heavy metal and read Steven King than on any evidence. The boys were all accused of being teenage satanist, and Damien was , in fact, but Depp says this does not make him guilty.
Depp is by far not the only one who believes these boys may be innocent. His cause is joined by a handful of other entertainers — Eddie Vedder, Winona Ryder, the Dixie Chicks. Even the mother of one of the victims, Pam Hobb is not sure that the police caught the right killer(s). She says that she hopes that finally, after 16 years, the case may be re-opened and Depp putting it in the spotlight can finally give much needed answers to unanswered questions.
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