On this special mini episode of “I Spit on Your Podcast”, we explore the real life tragedy and heartbreaking horror of the West Memphis Three.
Episode 27.5: The West Memphis Three
Sometimes when we are researching for our monthly podcast episodes, we stumble upon some information that we feel is important to talk about. In episode 27, we discussed the impact of Satanic Panic on the metal community in the 1980s. However, we were reminded about the truly upsetting case about the infamous West Memphis Three. On May 5, 1993, a horrible tragedy had befallen on the town of West Memphis, Arkansas, when three young boys (Steve Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers) went missing and then were discovered dead in the woods three days later.
In this minisode, we tackle true crime for the first time and lament about how prejudice and fear of the “Other” took over a town and changed the lives of three young men (Jessie Misskelley Jr, Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols) forever.
The West Memphis Three trial – and persecution – concluded in injustice for all six boys. And it was a prime example of how stereotyping a group of people because of the music they listen to, the clothes they wear, and the “dangerous” interests they have, can be seen as a cause for murder.
Enjoy, and welcome to our dark side…
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
Jess and Kelly co-host the well produced, highly entertaining and insightful monthly podcast known as I SPIT ON YOUR PODCAST. Every month, they explore the world of horror entertainment, with each episode centering around a particular theme. This is a time once a month where Jess puts down her bloody knitting needles and Kelly steps away from the TV to discuss horror movies and other horror mediums with thoughtful analysis, research, and passion.