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Blood of Innocents

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  159 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
On the evening of May 5, 1993, three Cub Scouts rode their bikes into the woods of Robin Hood Hills in West Memphis. Before dawn, all three would be dead--horribly slain after a night of torture. As shocking as the crime itself was the actual identity of the murderers, who were hardly more than children themselves. 12 pages of photos.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Pinnacle (first published 1995)
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Chris Ramsey
Mar 28, 2011 Chris Ramsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 15 years ago, I saw the first documentary (Paradise Lost) as an HBO special, delving into the apparent problems with this case surrounding the investigation of the accused (and ultimately convicted) and also the follow up to it, several years later. I recently ran across this book in a used book store. In a weird way, throughout both the documentaries and while reading this book, I felt a certain kinship shared with Damien Echols (from the perspective of my late teenage years) that has alw ...more
Feb 27, 2011 Braxton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This book is extremely biased against the accused killers. It was written while the trial was going on, so the controversy surrounding the case isn't touched upon. Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three is a much better source of information. It was written after the trials, and talks in detail about the coerced confession, the lack of evidence, and witnesses who recanted their statements after the trial, among other things.
Penny Chance
May 24, 2012 Penny Chance rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book doesn't have all the facts. It was poorly written, worse than your average newspaper article. Devil's Knot is a much more accurate telling of the story. It is obvious what the writer thinks about the accused young men. So much was left out of this book. This case is notorious for reasonable doubt, yet the author left out so many facts, it is hard to tell it is the same case. Very disappointing. Looks like someone is just trying to make a little money off this tragedy instead of get to ...more
Mar 06, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
in many ways this is a horrific book..not only does it deal with the sadistic killing of three young boys but in confronts the real possibility that the court case and convictions that followed were a sham.
at the time of writing the accused are free under a strange deceleration that they can maintain their innocence whilst the state can retain their credibility by claiming there was enough evidence for a conviction...that said given that witnesses have since been discredited and the lack of murd
Apr 10, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Julie by: someone who knows I am a WM3 supporter
I would give this negative 5 stars if I could.

Wildly biased and poorly written. Check out Devil's Knot for a truer, clearer, and unbiased account.
Jul 06, 2014 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is the reason that I don't read True Crime novels very often.

Regardless of what I think of the WM3 and who killed Stevie, Chris and Michael, this book is poorly written and almost painful to read. It was written during the trials, and quite obviously it was written quickly, to try and make a few dollars off this now-famous case.

In several places, the author makes things up simply to fill in the holes in the story, as if this were fiction and not a real life event.

If you want to learn
I am currently reading this book and I have alot of knowledge of the case, and i really don't like what I am reading
May 10, 2010 Janelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Biased, biased, biased. I guess you could say the author's bias and my own just don't mesh very well.
K. L. Petersen
A lot of pages of nothing...but that's not really the writers fault is it?
Lee-ann Dunton
Mar 15, 2011 Lee-ann Dunton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very biased look at the story of the West Memphis Three.
Krystal Dunlap
Dec 09, 2013 Krystal Dunlap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book.
Yikes. This is one of the scariest cases in legal jurisprudence, reminding us that although the jury CAN rely on things like fiber evidence and DNA testing in deciding guilt or innocence, they can also, just as legally, convict you because they don't like your haircut or your taste in music.
This book horrified me. It is not recent and they wrote it in such a way that you ended the book believing these boys were heartless child killers. After i was finished i started doing some research online and found all these groups dedicated to freeing these boys, because they were wrongly accused. New forensics have proven they were innocent and that one of the kids step dads was the killer. They have been released. Its amazing to read the book now and cross it to interviews of the family memb ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not well written, but worthwhile to read for anyone who has followed this case. (Will see if Devil's Knot is a better telling of the story.)
Samantha Osborne
i was good and interesting but a little slow i wish they could've added what happened to them now but it was still a good book
Feb 12, 2011 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have had a very hard time if I were on the jury of this case. They just had so little evidence. I think the whole thing was decided on emotion rather than fact. The only thing they had was Misskelley's confession and even that was suspect. The police made many mistakes. I don't like to see criminals get off on technicalities, but I'm kind of surprised they didn't in this case.
Aug 11, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I dont believe it was completely unbiased though. The book never mentioned Miskelly recanting his confession immediately after making it. Or did this not happen? Im am not sure on wether Echols, Baldwin, or Miskelly commited the murder. What I am sure of is that there was not near enough evidence to prove these boys commited the murder (beyond a shadow of adoubt).
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Three Cub scout friends, together, ride their bikes into the woods and before dawn all three are found dead!

Good book if you like true crime.

Nov 22, 2008 Tanya rated it it was ok
Shelves: breaking-the-law
The first book published on the West Memphis Three, but certainly not the best. Just ok; Devil's Knot is much much better.
Kim Hunt
Jan 30, 2013 Kim Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still not sure if they're guilty or innocent. Definitely a good read though.
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