The Confessions of Jessie Misskelley

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(Misskelley’s mugshot)

Through-out the course of the case, Jessie Misskelley would make numerous confessions implicating both himself and his friends in the crime. Prior to making his original statement Jessie would even display odd behavior suggesting his guilt.

Two of these are the odd, yet corroborated statements below.

This first one is a statement by a man named Jesse Hurst. Hurst would have a conversation with Damien Echols while the two were in jail together. The statement itself is confusing, as Hurst mixes up the names Jason and Jessie. While he does confuse the names, it seems obvious from the context of the conversation that he’s referring to Jessie Misskelley. Hurst also seems to confuse when the conversation took place. He says he was told it was two weeks before the crime, but there was no murders yet, so that wouldn’t exactly make sense. More likely it would be two weeks after.

RIDGE: ONE THING WAS MENTION EARLIER THAT JASON AND DAMIEN HAD, A CONVERSATION

JESSE: YEAH (YES)

RIDGE: WHEN WAS THAT CONVERSATION SUPPOSE TO OF HAVE TAKEN PLACE

JESSE: HE SAID TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE MURDERS

RIDGE: OKAY, WHAT WAS SAID ABOUT THAT CONVERSATION?

JESSE: HE SAID THAT JASON TOLD HIM THAT IF THE POLICE COME BY HIS HOUSE ASKING WHO DID IT, HE WAS GOING TO ADMIT TO IT AND SAY YEAH I DID IT.

RIDGE: OKAY, NOW THIS IS TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO THE MURDERS, BEFORE THE MURDERS, SO JASON WAS TELLING DAMIEN HE WAS GOING TO DO IT?

JESSE: YEAH (YES) AND DAMIEN TOLD ME THAT HE THOUGHT HE WAS JUST JOKING, HE DIDN’T THINK HE WAS SERIOUS

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jeshur.html

So, according to this Jessie had told Damien that he was going to confess to the crimes if the police ever talked to him. However Damien claims Jessie was simply joking.

Vickie Hutcheson would also say a similar thing to Defense investigator Ron Lax.

This was taken from the book The Blood of Innocents.

From page 410 of the book.

“In the interview with Lax and Stidham, Hutcheson said Misskelley had joked before his arrest that he would tell police he committed the murders if he was ever questioned. Hutcheson said she’s sure this happened because “I was in my right set of mind that day.”

“I about died’ when Misskelley made his joke, Hutcheson said. “Because he goes, ‘I’ll just tell them I did it.” And I said, ‘No you wouldn’t. You stupid? what’s wrong with you, boy?’ And he started busting out laughing and he was like, ‘It was a joke.'”

So in the weeks after the murders Jessie had possibly stated that he was going to confess.

Both Hutcheson and Echols used this to try and suggest that it’s proof Jessie made up the confessions, but why would he do that if he was innocent? Why tell people you’re gonna confess, and then confess to it if you had nothing to do with it? The defense has always maintained that Jessie was some how coerced, but this would seem to suggest otherwise.

Jessie would also display strange crying fits and nightmares according to Lee Rush, his father’s then girlfriend.

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(Photo of Rush from a scene in Paradise Lost, where she seems concerned that Jessie may be guilty.)

OFFICER’S FIELD INVESTIGATION REPORT

On Thursday night on June 3, 1993 at approximately 8:30 or 9 p.m., I detective Charlie Dabbs, Detective Tony Anderson from the West Memphis Police Department and Sergeant Tankersley with the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office, after obtaining a Consent To Search form signed by Jessie Misskelley, escorted Jessie Misskelley and his wife to their residence.
We went in and secured the residence until the search and evidence team arrived. While sitting in their living room for approximately two hours, and during conversation Mr. and Mrs. Misskelley talked about different incidents. During the conversation, Mrs. Misskelley got to talking about how Jessie Jr. was waking her up at night crying and having nightmares. Every time she went into his room he would be crying hysterically and he would tell her it was because his girlfriend was moving away. She told us it happened a number of times, and that she could not believe his girlfriends’ moving would cause that kind of hysterical behavior, but that little Jessie had been acting strange.

Det. Charlie Dabbs

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“At one point Misskelly’ wife stated that one night “Little Jessie” awoke her he was crying and screaming. She asked him the next date what was wrong and he stated that his girlfriend had him upset, as she was suppose to be moving to Florida.”

So here we have Jessie telling people he knew that he was gonna confess, and having strange crying fits and nightmares all around this exact time.

On one occasion Jessie would also try to suggest someone named Robert Burch was the real killer. Burch at the time was one of several individuals rumored by local teens to be the person responsible for the murders.

“The last time we had a conversation was around May 27th & someone was having a party & me and my boyfriend & his nephew were outside & we talked to Jessie & then Robert Burch wanted to fight my boyfriend’s nephew & Jessie went to talk to Robert, & someone in the crowd said that they think Robert killed the 3 boys & Jessie just agreed.”

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/feliciaw_statement.html

The statement against Burch, might mean nothing, but it is interesting that Misskelley would eventually confess to this crime.

Jessie had also possibly told his friend Buddy Lucas that he was some how involved in the murders, even giving him a pair of shoes that appeared to have blood on them at the time.

“ON 010394, I DETECTIVE B. RIDGE WENT TO THE RESIDENCE OF AMY AND EDDIE WILSON AT RT 1 BOX 192 IN HETH, ARKANSAS. I HAD BEEN TOLD THAT BUDDY LUCAS HAD TOLD THEM ABOUT SOME SHOES THAT HE RECEIVED FROM JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. THAT HAD BLOOD ON THEM.

THE WILSONS REPORTED THAT BUDDY LUCAS HAD STAYED WITH THEM FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AFTER THE HOMICIDE HAD OCCURRED AND THAT HE WAS WORKING IN EARLE. THEY STATED THAT SOMEONE WHERE HE WAS WORKING TOLD THEM OF HOW BUDDY HAD BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE HOMICIDE AND THAT BUDDY WAS TALKING LIKE HE KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT THE HOMICIDES. EDDIE STATED THAT HE CONFRONTED BUDDY ABOUT WHAT HE KNEW OF THE HOMICIDES AND ASKED IF HE WERE INVOLVED IN THE HOMICIDES. BUDDY TOLD THEM THAT HE WAS NOT INVOLVED IN THE HOMICIDES BUT THAT HE AND BUDDY HAD AT SOME TIME TRADED SHOES FOR SOME REASON AND THAT WHEN BUDDY RETURNED THE SHOES TO HIM AFTER THE HOMICIDE THAT HE SAW THAT THEY HAD BLOOD ON THEM.

THE WILSONS HAD NO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOMICIDE AND DIDN’T KNOW WHAT BECAME OF THE SHOES. THEY FURTHER STATED THAT THEY NEVER SAW THE SHOES.”

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/amy_eddie_wilson_report.html

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(A photo of Lucas.)

Buddy would give this statement.

RIDGE – OKAY, SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE TELLS YOU HE HAS TO TELL YOU SOMETHING?

LUCAS – SO WE SIT THERE, SIT THERE, AND I SAID, HE SAID MAN ME JASON AND DAMIEN WE WENT WALKING LAST NIGHT IN THE TOWN OF WEST MEMPHIS, I SAID WHY DIDN’T YOU ALL COME BY AND GET ME? WE WILL WE UH, WE WERE IN A HURRY AND EVERYTHING GO UP THERE AND COME BACK HOME. I SAID ALRIGHT I UNDERSTAND (INAUDIBLE) NOW SINCE I FOUND OUT I’M KINDA GLAD HE DIDN’T COME BY AND GET ME

RIDGE – OKAY, WHAT DID HE TELL YOU HE DO?

LUCAS – WE…. HE TOLD ME THAT UH, THAT HE GOT IN A FIGHT, THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD ME AT FIRST

RIDGE – OKAY

LUCAS – I SAID DAMIEN AND JASON THEY HELPED YOU? HE SAID UM-YEA AND EVERYTHING SO I SAID WELL DID YOU ALL HURT ANYBODY? AND HE SAID YEA, I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS THOSE 8 YEAR OLD KIDS OR ANYTHING, SO I TURN AROUND AND COME TO FOUND OUT THAT JASON HE WAS WITH JASON AND DAMIEN WHEN THEY SACRIFICED THEM LITTLE KIDS. I WAS COME AND TELL YOU ALL

RIDGE – OKAY

LUCAS – AND HE SAID NO I’LL DO IT

RIDGE – SO HE TELLS YOU HE WILL COME TO THE POLICE

LUCAS: UH-HUH, AND ALRIGHT THAT WEEKEND I CAME BACK OVER AT MY MOM’S AND EVERYTHING

RIDGE – UH-HUH

LUCAS – I READ ABOUT IT IN THE PAPER AND EVERYTHING AND COME TO FOUND OUT HE DID FRONT HIS SELF THAT HE DID DO IT CAUSE HE TOLD ME HE WOULD

RIDGE – OKAY

LUCAS – AND EVERYTHING

RIDGE – DID YOU CALL HIM?

LUCAS – UH?

RIDGE – WHEN YOU READ THING IN THE PAPER DID YOU CALL JESSIE OR TALK TO HIM AGAIN?

LUCAS – UH-UH, CAUSE HE WAS ALREADY LOCKED UP WHEN I HEARD ABOUT IT, IN THE PAPER

RIDGE – OKAY

LUCAS – AND EVERYTHING, CAUSE IT HAD THEIR PICTURE ON THE FRONT PAGE

RIDGE – OKAY, THURSDAY MORNING AFTER THIS WEDNESDAY YOU WENT TO HIS HOUSE

LUCAS – UH-HUH

RIDGE – HE TELLS YOU HE’S IN SOME TROUBLE?

LUCAS – UH-HUH

RIDGE – AND WHAT DID HE TELL YOU HE WAS IN TROUBLE OVER?

LUCAS – THAT HE REALLY, HE SAID UM, WE HURT, UH…. UH WE HURT A COUPLE OF BOYS, THAT JASON AND DAMIEN KILLED

RIDGE – OKAY

LUCAS – COUPLE, I SAID WAS YOU INVOLVED? HE SAID YEA, I SAID WHAT DID YOU DO? I FINALLY GOT IT TALKED OUT OF HIM WHAT DID HE DO, HE SAID I HIT UH, A COUPLE IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD

RIDGE – OKAY, AND

LUCAS – AND EVERYTHING TO KEEP THEM FROM RUNNING AND EVERYTHING

RIDGE – AND THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD YOU?

LUCAS – YES SIR

RIDGE – AND THIS IS ON THURSDAY MORNING?

LUCAS – UH-HUH

RIDGE – OKAY.

LUCAS – THE TWO SHOES HE GAVE ME, AND EVERYTHING

RIDGE – DID HE GIVE YOU SOME SHOES ON THAT THURSDAY MORNING?

LUCAS – UH-HUH

RIDGE – OKAY, AND DESCRIBE TO ME HOW HE GAVE YOU THOSE SHOES?

LUCAS – HE… HE PICKED UP AND STARTED TO HAND THEM TO ME. ALL THE SUDDENLY HE DROPPED THEM, AND BROKE OUT IN SWEAT, CRYING EVERYTHING ELSE, HE SAID MAN TAKE THOSE SHOES I DON’T WANT TO SEE THEM NO MORE, I SAID YOUR SURE? AND EVERYTHING, I DON’T REMEMBER SEEING THOSE SHOES AT HIS HOUSE, HE SAID, I SAID ARE THEY YOURS? HE SAID YEA. SO I SAID, HE SAID TAKE THEM I DON;T WANT TO SEE THEM NO MORE, I SAID ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT ME TO TAKE THEM? AND HE SAID YEA, AND EVERYTHING SO THERE WASN’T NOTHING ON THE SHOES AND EVERYTHING SO TURN AROUND HE GOING, I GOT THE SHOES I WENT HOME AND EVERYTHING

RIDGE – AFTER YOU GOT THE SHOES DID HE SAY, WHAT DID HE SAY EXACTLY TO YOU ABOUT THOSE SHOES?

LUCAS – THAT HE DIDN’T WANT TO SEE THEM ANYMORE AND

RIDGE – OKAY

LUCAS – AND EVERYTHING HE DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM SHOES

RIDGE – THAT’S WHAT HE TOLD YOU?

LUCAS – UH-HUH

RIDGE – OKAY, DO YOU HAVE THOSE SHOES?

LUCAS – THERE UP THERE WHERE I’M LIVING AT NOW, I’LL GIVE THEM TO YOU AS SOON AS I GET THERE

The police would even confiscate the shoes from Lucas.

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A girl named Kim Floresca would also claim that Jessie confessed to her.

“Local teens often travel to the Stonehenge site at night to socialize and marvel at its legend and chilling atmosphere.

“Sometimes people think it’s funny trying to scare other people,” said Kim Floresca, 15, who just completed 10th grade at Marion High School. “It’s supposed to be a place where cults go out, and they’re supposed to sacrifice virgins and animals and stuff.”

Floresca said she once went to the Stonehenge site about two years ago with a group of teens who included Misskelley. The night was just a typical night, she said, and Misskelley did nothing out of the ordinary.

Floresca said she never heard of the other two suspects visiting the site.

Floresca said Misskelley told her and other students the day before he was arrested that he participated in the killings.

A group of students were driving last Wednesday after school to a friend’s house to go swimming when Misskelley began telling his bizarre tale, she said.

“He was saying he hit the little boy and the little boy ran off and he was taking him back to where Damien and the other boy were,” she said. According to Misskelley’s story, Echols had already killed the two other boys, she said.

Floresca said she didn’t believe Misskelley at the time.”

http://westmemphisthreediscussion.yuku.com/topic/2832

Keeping things in perspective here, Jessie talked to a number of people, telling them that he was either gonna confess or that he was responsible for the crime itself. Of these people you possibly even had Echols himself saying Jessie was gonna confess.

He also was having nightmares and crying fits that some would view as possible signs of guilt. Why would you show signs of remorse for a crime you never committed?

Now, here we shall get into the actual confessions and the events surrounding them.

First we should dispel a few myths about these statements.

First off lets look at a screen cap from Paradise Lost.

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A popular claim amongst supporters of the WM3 is that Jessie was mildly retarded. Often they site that he had an IQ of 72. This is not true though. Jessie’s own expert stated that he had taken several IQ tests. One of these tests would even show that his IQ was around 88. His own expert concluded that he might have purposely been trying to get a low score in order to help his case. The reason he’d want to score low could have been for numerous reasons, all of which would help him out. First off his defense could say the cops bullied this poor retarded kid into confessing, and gain sympathy. Another reason being that it might help avoid the death penalty. It also would help him create doubt when it came to his many confessions.

Dan Stidham would even suggest that it would help his defense out in the documentary Paradise Lost.

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(Photo of Stidham making a statement to Jessie regarding his IQ.)

Here’s what his defense expert stated in court.

DAVIS: Ok. And the WAIS-R is the test that you use to determine the defendant’s IQ?

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: And in that particular test, what was the performance IQ?

WILKINS: 75? Let me—yes.

DAVIS: Now, you had in your file some past tests that had been conducted on Jessie to determine IQ, did you not?

WILKINS: Yes I did.

DAVIS: Ok. And in ’89 did you have a test, an IQ test that was performed on him to determine what his functioning was at that point?

WILKINS: Uh, let me—yes I did. I need to find the records to find exactly what—

DAVIS: Sure, Doctor, go ahead.

WILKINS: I can’t remember (unintelligible). Yes, I’m sorry. Ok, yes.

DAVIS: Ok, and what was that performance IQ in 1989?

WILKINS: 1989, uh, I’m sorry, it’s not in this report. I’ll have to dig out all the old evidence, I thought it was in this report and it’s not.

DAVIS: Sure, I understand.

WILKINS: In, uh, which year are we talking about now?

DAVIS: 1989.

WILKINS: 1989 we had a performance of 84 and a verbal of 68 and a full-scale of 74.

DAVIS: Ok, and in 1992 there was also—prior to the time you did your examination there was another IQ test, correct?

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: What was his performance IQ at that time?

WILKINS: 88.

DAVIS: Ok, and what was his full-scale IQ at that time?

WILKINS: 73.

DAVIS: Ok, so the two past IQ examinations that had been performed on him immediately prior to the one that you did indicated that his performance level was in the average range, is that correct?

WILKINS: Uh, low average, yes. The first placed low average, the second one average, yes.

DAVIS: Ok, well am I correct in understanding that anything above 80 is in the average?

WILKINS: That depends on the criteria you want to go by. Typically it’s—Social Security uses 80 above, other places use 84, so yea.

DAVIS: So, by most criteria 84 and 88 would be in the average range?

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: Ok. And when we talk about performance IQ, describe what that is, what that involves.

WILKINS: Those entail, problem solving, conceptualization tasks, thinking tasks, they’re non-verbal. Example is putting together puzzles. Being able to—I show you a pattern of blocks and you have to build designs that match the pattern of blocks. It’s conceptualization in a non-verbal form, problem solving in a non-verbal form.

DAVIS: And in regard to that he rates about average, right?

WILKINS: On those two testings, yes.

DAVIS: Now the MMPI-2, that was another test that you conducted on him, is that correct?

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: Now I don’t want to get too complicated ‘cause I don’t understand all this stuff, but I notice down here you said, let’s see, you said he had a high—or you said a mild elevation in the F scale.

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: Ok. Now Doctor it’s true that what you actually found was a T value in that F scale of 83.

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: Now are you telling me that that’s a mild elevation?

WILKINS: It’s an elevation above normal levels.

DAVIS: Well don’t they rank the elevations—as far as the T scale is concerned isn’t that something that’s actually ranked in terms of low range, middle range, moderately high range and very high range?

WILKINS: Yes. That may have been a mistake then. I may well have mispronounced what it was supposed to be.

DAVIS: This is a text regarding—MMPI Handbook. Show me here what an 82 to 88 T score on the F scale indicates to you in that book.

WILKINS: Uh, very high.

DAVIS: Very high?

WILKINS: Yes. This would not be quite the same because this is for the MMPI rather than the MMPI-2, which changed critera, but it would still be in the high range.

DAVIS: So when you put in here that that was a mild elevation, that would not be accurate would it?

WILKINS: No. It would not be. No.

DAVIS: And then from that statement that it was a mild elevation you interpreted that that could show malingering, right?

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: And malingering means what, Doctor?

WILKINS: It means, uh, making up stuff. Trying to present yourself as being ill when you’re not for some particular gain.

DAVIS: Did you explain to Jessie what these tests were being performed for?

WILKINS: We talked some about them in general, yes.

DAVIS: Ok. And he knew that you were coming to court to testify about the results of these tests?

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: And you talked with his lawyers before you took the test or gave him the test?

WILKINS: Yes.

DAVIS: And do you know whether he talked with his lawyers that he was gonna take those tests?

WILKINS: Not that I know of. I don’t know.

DAVIS: Ok. Well, in your report you said that because of that elevation in that T scale—that 83 score, because of that mild elevation that gave you some concern about malingering?

WILKINS: Yes.

So, you see there that Jessie’s IQ was in the 80’s? That makes him dumb, but certainly not retarded or even mildly retarded for that matter. Gary Ridgway the notorious Green River killer had an IQ in the 80’s and that certainly doesn’t make him retarded now does it? So the whole claim that Misskelley’s IQ was 72 should be viewed skeptically in light of these facts.

Another claim created to cast doubt on his confession was the defense’s insistence that Jessie was interrogated for 12 hours.

This is an out right lie created by the defense and parroted ad-naseum by the media and supporters in this case.

The police kept track of how long everything happened, and according to this document he was in total questioned 4 1/2 hours. Not 12.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jmtl.htm

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8:00 AM SQUAD MEETING/DISCUSSED ATTEMPTING TO PICK UP JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR IN REFERENCE TO HIS BEING A MEMBER OF CULT THAT DAMIEN ECHOLS AND JASON BALDWIN ARE SAID TO BE MEMBERS OF. CHECK POSSIBILITY OF HIS BEING A WITNESS TO HOMICIDE OR ANY STATEMENTS HE MAY HAVE OVERHEARD FROM DAMIEN OR ANYONE CONCERNING THE HOMICIDE.

9:13 AM DETECTIVE SGT. MIKE ALLEN CHECKED INTO SERVICE

DETECTIVE ALLEN WENT TO THE RESIDENCE OF JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. TO ATTEMPT TO MAKE CONTACT. CONTACTED THE FEMALE WHO WAS AT THE RESIDENCE WHO INFORMED THAT JESSIE JR. WAS NOT AT THE RESIDENCE. SHE INFORMED ALLEN THAT HE COULD GO TO JIM’S DIESEL REPAIR AND MEET WITH JESSIE MISSKELLEY SR.

9:45 AM ALLEN WENT TO JIM’S REPAIR AND MET WITH JESSIE SR. WHO WENT AND PICKED UP JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. THEN WENT WITH DETECTIVE ALLEN TO THE WEST MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

10:00 AM DETECTIVE SGT. ALLEN FILLED OUT THE SUBJECT DESCRIPTION FORM AND THE INTERVIEW BEGAN WITH THE QUESTIONS OR ANY KNOWLEDGE HE HAD OF THE HOMICIDE AND HIS WHEREABOUTS ON THE DAY OF THE HOMICIDE.

11:00 AM DETECTIVE ALLEN READ JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. HIS RIGHTS ACCORDING TO THE MIRANDA RULE WITH DETECTIVE RIDGE BEING A WITNESS TO THE PROCEDURE. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT IT WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR JESSIE MISSKELLEY SR. TO SIGN A CONSENT TO ALLOW JESSIE JR. TO SUBMIT TO A POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION.

11:15 AM SGT. ALLEN WENT WITH JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. TO FIND HIS FATHER TO OBTAIN A CONSENT TO TAKE A POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION. SGT. ALLEN HAD JESSIE RIDING AS A UNSECURED PASSENGER IN THE FRONT SEAT AT WHICH TIME HE MET JESSIE AT OR NEAR MISSOURI STREET AND SHOPPINGWAY. SGT. ALLEN MET WITH JESSIE MISSKELLEY SR. AT CHIEF’S AUTO PARTS WHERE HE EXPLAINED THE UPCOMING PROCEDURE AND OBTAINED A WRITTEN CONSENT FOR JESSIE MISSKELLEY TO TAKE A POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION.

11:30 AM JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. WAS READ HIS RIGHTS ACCORDING TO THE MIRANDA RULE BY BILL DURHAM PRIOR TO HIS ADMINISTERING A POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION.

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11:55 AM FIRST CHART WAS COMPLETED DURING POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION.

12:03 PM SECOND CHART COMPLETED DURING POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION

12:11 PM THIRD CHART COMPLETED DURING POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION. AFTER THE TEST ABOUT 15 MINUTES WERE SPENT IN THE POST TEST INTERVIEW.

12:30 PM BILL DURHAM ADVISED DETECTIVE RIDGE, INSPECTOR GITCHELL, AND SGT. MIKE ALLEN THAT JESSIE MISSKELLEY WAS BEING DECEPTIVE IN HIS RESPONSES TO THE RELEVANT QUESTIONS ASKED DURING THE POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION.

12:40 PM IT WAS DECIDED THAT DETECTIVE RIDGE AND INSPECTOR GITCHELL WOULD CONTINUE THE INTERVIEW.

2:20 PM JESSIE STATES TO INSPECTOR GITCHELL THAT HE WAS PRESENT WHEN THE THREE BOYS WERE KILLED. PREPARATIONS WERE BEGUN TO TAPE THE REST OF THE INTERROGATION WHEN IT WAS DETERMINED THAT JESSIE WAS A DIRECT WITNESS OR A PARTICIPANT OF THE HOMICIDE.

2:44 PM THE TAPED CONFESSION BEGAN WITH JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. BEING QUESTIONED BY DETECTIVE RIDGE AND INSPECTOR GITCHELL.

3:18 PM THE TAPED CONFESSION WAS COMPLETED. WORK WAS STARTED IN REFERENCE TO OBTAINING SEARCH WARRANTS AND ARREST WARRANTS FOR THE PERSONS NAMED AS PARTICIPANTS IN THE HOMICIDE.

3:22 PM JESSIE JR. OFFERED FOOD WHICH HE DECLINED AND WAS GIVEN TWO CIGARETTES.

[The word “Incorrect” is written in margin] 3:45PM INSPECTOR GITCHELL CONDUCTED A SECOND INTERVIEW WITH JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. TO CLEAR UP SOME DISCREPANCIES CONCERNING TIME AND EVENTS IN THE FIRST INTERVIEW.

5:05 PM JESSIE JR. ASKED IF HE WANTED ANY FOOD TO EAT.

6:15 PM JESSIE JR WAS FED.

6:30 PM JESSIE JR. WAS ASKED IF HE WANT TO RELIEVE HIMSELF.

9:06 PM RIDGE, GITCHELL, FOGLEMAN PRESENT FOR A PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING WITH JUDGE P. RAINEY PRESIDING.

9:14 PM TESTIMONY WAS GIVEN CONCERNING THE PROBABLE CAUSE FOR THE SEARCH WARRANTS AND ARREST WARRANTS FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN THE HOMICIDE.

The defense would also try to suggest that Jessie got details wrong to further dismiss the confession.

Another misconception. Everyone always likes to bring up the fact that Jessie said that the victims were tied up with rope as proof, but guess what? Even if Jessie were innocent, he should have said shoe laces. Why’s that you might ask? Two reasons.

The first being that Jessie supposedly already knew that they were tied up with shoe laces according to this courtroom statement. This would come out at his trial.

BY STIDHAM:

Q: You tell the jury what you told Mr. Misskelley?

A: Yes, I told him that–that one of the boys were beaten and caserated.

Q: You told him that one of the boys had been castrated?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: What else did you tell him?

A: Uh…

Q: Did you tell him anything else?

A: Yes, that they, that–that they was tied with the shoestrings.

Q: Where did you get this information, Mr. Johnson?

A: From the–heard it from the members of the Search and Rescue.

Q: Did you tell Mr. Misskelley anything else?

A: I can’t recall.

STIDHAM: May I have a moment, your Honor? (PAUSE) Pass the witness, your Honor.

CROSS EXAMINATION

BY DAVIS:

Q: Now, as I understand it, on May 5th, you were at a Search and Rescue meeting?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: You don’t know where Jessie Misskelley was on May 5th, do you?

A: No, sir.

Q: And you don’t know who may have gone wrestling and who didn’t, correct?

A: Sir?

Q: You don’t know who went wrestling and who didn’t —

A: — No, sir.

Q: — to your own knowledge?

A: No, sir.

Q: Now, you indicated that you gave some information regarding the injuries to the children, to who?

A: Sir?

Q: You gave some information regarding the injuries to the children to who?

A: Jessie.

Q: Who else did you tell about this?

A: Nobody, I mean…

THE COURT: By “Jessie,” you talking about Jessie Senior or Jessie Junior?

A: (NO RESPONSE)

Q: Junior or senior?

A: What–what are you asking?

Q: Okay. You indicated that you gave some information to Jessie Misskelley. Is that Jessie Misskelley Jr. or Senior?

A: Junior.

Q: Okay. And did you tell anybody else that information?

A: Well, we was–I mean talking about it–I mean ev–who was around.

Q: Did you talk about it other places, to other people?

A: Oh, no, sir. I mean…

Q: Nobod–You wouldn’t have told anybody else about that, right?

A: I mean, ev–whoever who was standing there. I mean…

Q: Did you talk about it on other occasions?

A: No, sir. I can’t recall. I mean it was in the papers and everything. I mean…

Q: Okay. So, you basically told him what was in the paper?

A: And what I heard at the Search and Rescue because I wasn’t at the scene.

Q: Okay. So, you weren’t at the scene and you didn’t have any first-hand knowledge, is that correct?

A: No, sir.

Q: Okay. And so, basically what you were relating to him was the same stuff you had been reading in the paper.

A: Right and what I was told, I mean, what I had heard.

Q: And you didn’t know which one or if all of the boys had had their genitals removed, right?

A: Right.

Q: Okay. And you certainly didn’t know which one had, correct?

A: Right.

Q: You certainly didn’t tell Jessie that, did you?

A: No, sir.

Q: Okay. So, if Jessie knew which one had had that occurred to him, he wouldn’t have gotten that information from you, true?

A: Right.

Q: I’d like to show you what is a Crittenden County Search and Rescue attendance record. (HANDING) Is that–see your brother’s name, there?

A: (EXAMINING) My brother’s?

Q: Or your name? I’m sorry.

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Okay. And how many times a week does that reflect that you attend those meetings?

A: The first–the first and third Wednesday of every month.

Q: Okay. So, you’ve been attending those meetings two times a month, for how long?

A: I was–January the 20th wa–was a year.

Q: Okay.

THE COURT: I’m sorry, did you say the first and the third Wednesday?

THE WITNESS: Yes, sir.

BY DAVIS:

Q: Do you recall–Mr. Johnson, do you recall, you told Jessie about some of this general information that you’d learned in the paper, did you…

STIDHAM: [interrupting] Your Honor, that’s not what the witness testified to.

Q: You told him some general information about the injury. Remember anything else you told him about any injuries?

A: No, sir.

Q: Okay. So, the extent of what you would have said would have been something to do with some–with castration-type injuries, is that correct?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Anything else that you would told him?

A: No, sir.

Q: Okay. Didn’t mention to him about injuries to the ears, anything like that?

A: No, sir.

Q: Didn’t mention to him anything about signs or injuries or indications of sexual abuse?

A: No, sir. I can’t recall.

Q: No further questions, your Honor.

STIDHAM: Nothing further, your Honor.

THE COURT: All right, you’re free to go. Thank you.

THE WITNESS: Thank you, sir.

(WITNESS EXCUSED)

So Jessie knew that the victims were tied up with shoe laces then, but told the police they were tied up with rope. Jessie would later make statements that he said rope in order to confuse the police in an attempt to get off.

Jessie would make a statement in the back of a cop car after his conviction for the crime, that he had purposely lied about the rope, and even the time of the murders, because he didn’t know if the police were lying to him about certain things.

Here’s a photo of Jessie just prior to making this statement.

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Jessie said he lied about the time and the rope to “trick the police and to see if they were lying.”

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jmpc.html

Then Jessie would say this to his own lawyer after confessing to him on Feb. 8 1994.

STIDHAM: What did they tie them with?

MISSKELLEY: Shoe string.

STIDHAM: Why did you tell the officers it was a brown rope?

MISSKELLEY: I made it up.

STIDHAM: Why?

MISSKELLEY: (silent)

STIDHAM: You don’t know why?

(Page 58)

MISSKELLEY: Huh-uh. (Negatively indicating)

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jm_2_8_94_statement.html

Now second if the police had coerced him, his confession should have been perfect. He would have told the police he had actually participated in killing the boys, but in his confession statements prior to his trial he’d only admit to having seen his friends murder the boys, and to catching one of them and bringing them back so his friends could kill him. The reason for this was plain and simple. He was trying to throw his friends under the bus and avoid getting in trouble, so he even lied in his original confessions to the police and his lawyer.

*A37 MISSKELLEY: And started doing the same thing, then the other one took off, Michael uh Moore took off running, so I chased him and grabbed him and held him, til they got there and then I left.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Okay. Alright, when you get the boys back together, where you at from the creek?
*A38 MISSKELLEY: I was up there by the uh Service Road
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Up by the Service Road?
*A39 MISSKELLEY: (The transcript here says yes. I could not find a response.)
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Okay, now when this, when he hits the first boy, where are they at when he, when he hits him, are you in the woods, you’re on the side of big bayou, you’re out in the field, where you at?
*A40 MISSKELLEY: I was in the woods.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: In the woods. Okay, you’ve been down there in those woods before.
*A41 MISSKELLEY: Yes, I have.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Can you describe to me what in those woods, what’s the location where you were?
*A42 MISSKELLEY: Uh,
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Is there a path that you go down?
*A43 MISSKELLEY: Uh, down a little path
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Alright, where does that path go to?
*A44 MISSKELLEY: It leads out there close to the uh field, close to the interstate.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Okay
*A45 MISSKELLEY: That’s where I was at.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Alright.
*A46 MISSKELLEY: I was close by the interstate.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: When he hits the first boy and then Jason hits another boy, and one takes off running,
*A47 MISSKELLEY: And the other takes. . .
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Where does he run to?
*A48 MISSKELLEY: That one, he runs out, going out the, out the park and I chased him and grabbed him and brought him back.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Which way does he go, I mean, does he go on back towards where the houses are
*A49 MISSKELLEY: He goes on back. . .
DETECTIVE RIDGE: He’s going to Blue Beacon, is he going out towards the fields,
*A50 MISSKELLEY: He’s going. . .
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Where’s he running to?
*A51 MISSKELLEY: Towards the houses.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Towards the houses?
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Where the pipe is that goes across the water?
*A52 MISSKELLEY: Yeah, he’s running out there and I caught him and brought him back, and then I took off.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Okay, when you came back a little bit later, and all three boys are tied?
*A53 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Is that right?
*A54 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm, and then I took off and run home.

Jessie would make statements like that where he’d just claim to have left, but then agree that more happened, which he couldn’t have possibly known about unless he hadn’t left. By the end of his first confession you can even see it dawning on him that he had hung himself. He then tries to make up facts to sound like he wasn’t involved at the end of the confession statements.

In this example Jessie now claims Chris Byers was choked to death after he had already mentioned him being killed from castration.

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Now, you’re pointing to the Byers boy again?
*A207 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: How was he actually killed?
*A208 MISSKELLEY: He did, he choked him real bad like.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Choked him? Okay, what was he choking him with?
*A209 MISSKELLEY: His hands, like a, like a stick, he had a big old stick, and he’s kind of holding it over his neck.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Okay, so he was choking him to the point where he actually went unconscious, so at that point, you felt like he was dead?
*A210 MISSKELLEY: Yeah

In this part when the police come back and questioned him a second time, he mentions the brown rope.

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Ok, and what did they use to tie them up?
*B31 MISSKELLEY: A rope.
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Ok. What color was the rope?
*B32 MISSKELLEY: Brown.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jlm_june2.html

Now he should have said shoe laces, instead of rope. Why would the police purposely fuck up their own coercion? The answer? He wasn’t coerced. Jessie was simply trying to lie his way out of trouble.

Another claim being that he got the time of day wrong though it’s already been mentioned that Jessie stated that he again purposely tried to lie about the time of the murders along with the shoe laces information.

Q: Mr. Ofshe testified that the fact that this incident happened at night was not mentioned until page eighteen when Detective Ridge said, “The night you were in these woods.” Was the fact that this happened at night mentioned prior to page eighteen in the transcript?

A: Yes, sir. Mr. Ofshe’s remark was incorrect, in so much as on page twelve of the transcript, ah, Jessie states: “Well, after all this stuff happened that night.” That’s the first time that ‘night’ is mentioned by Jessie himself.

Q: All right. Had — had you or Detective Ridge mentioned ‘night’ prior to that?

A: No, sir.

Q: Mr. ofshe also testified in regard to the follow-up tape, that nowhere in the record does Jessie say seven or eight until you mentioned seven or eight. Where did you get seven or eight?

A: I — I derived that from uh, there again, back on page twelve of the transcript. Uh, Jessie states: “Then they called me at nine o’clock that night.”

Q: All right.

A: And then you refer to page twenty-four of that same transcript, and then there’s a mention of “How long after you got home you received the phone call?” And Jessie responds: “An hour.”

Q: All right.

A: So that’s where I deducted the — the time frame.

So Jessie jumped around with the time, but he did in fact say that the murder happened around night time. This is just further evidence of Jessie’s deceptions. Jessie would even be deceptive in an interview with the defense’s false confession expert.

He’d give this explanation to him.

OFSHE: Okay. That’s fine, if you can’t remember, you can’t remember. You know, the next thing that is in here, and they seem to think this is real important, is Jessie
stated that he saw pictures of the boys killed during a meeting. Let’s take that in two parts. Did you ever tell that you had seen pictures of the boys who were killed?

MISSKELLEY: I told them I seen pictures of them, but I –

OFSHE: Had you gotten newspapers with photographs?

MISSKELLEY: I hadn’t ever seen the boys period.

OFSHE: Right. [13:09]

MISSKELLEY: And I – I told them that I’d seen them but they’s on uh, on some little bikes around some houses. I hadn’t ever seen them before.

OFSHE: Okay, but he was talking about pictures of the boys during a meeting. Do you remember telling them about going to cult meetings?

MISSKELLEY: That’s – that’s when I – after Ridge said he done seen me, you know, that he seen me at some cult meetings, and after he kept on and kept on, then I finally
said “Okay, I was at a cult meeting.” And I told him that, uh, I’d seen pictures of them.

OFSHE: How did seeing picture come up? Do you remember that?

(Page 43)

MISSKELLEY: Huh-uh. (Negatively indicating) I had just said seen pictures. I ain’t never seen the boys. Not even on TV, I ain’t never seen them.

OFSHE: Do you remember if anybody suggested to you that you had seen pictures of them or maybe that was something that you made up.

MISSKELLEY: That was something I made up.

So, Jessie claimed that he had never seen the boys before, not even on TV, but then in response to another question, Jessie would say this…

OFSHE: Okay. Do you remember what you told them about – what were in the pictures?

MISSKELLEY: A bicycle – three boys on a bicycle, red bicycle and, uh, they was riding by some houses.

OFSHE: What made you say that? I mean why did you pick that as opposed to four boys on a scooter?

MISSKELLEY: Well I – I’ve seen – I’ve seen on TV the boys bicycles. And that’s where I got red from, and four houses, I mean not four houses but the white houses, mainly
well – most people’s houses are white, so that’s why I said white. It just popped up in my head – you know just – that’s what I mainly told them.

So after saying that he hadn’t even seen anything on TV about the the boys, he’s suddenly saying that he did, in order to try and explain away part of his statements.

One more claim is that Jessie didn’t ID the victims right. This is a myth. He himself admitted not knowing their names. In his confessions he correctly ID’s the victims based on their photos and descriptions on what happened to them. He however mixes up the names of which boy is which. Jessie’s even the first person to mention the injuries to the boys. And he correctly states that two of the boys were mutilated with a knife.

DETECTIVE RIDGE: Jason had a knife. What did he cut with the knife? What did you see him cut or who did you see him cut?
*A61 MISSKELLEY: I saw him cut one of the little boys
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Alright, where did he cut him at?
*A62 MISSKELLEY: He was cutting him in the face.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Cutting in the face. Alright, another boy was cut I understand, where was he cut at?
*A63 MISSKELLEY: At the bottom
DETECTIVE RIDGE: On his bottom? Was he face down when he was cutting on him, or
*A64 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Now you’re talking about bottom, do you mean right here?
*A65 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: In his groin area?
*A66 MISSKELLEY: (No audio register)
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Okay
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Do you know what his penis is?
*A67 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm, that’s where he was cut at.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: That’s where he was cut.
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Which boy was that?
*A68 MISSKELLEY: That right there.
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: You’re talking about the Byers boy again?
*A69 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Okay
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Are you sure that he was the one that was cut?
*A70 MISSKELLEY: That’s the one that I seen them cutting on.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Alright, you know what penis is?
*A71 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Alright, is that where he was cutting?
*A72 MISSKELLEY: That’s where I seen them going down at, and he was on his back. I seen them going down right there real close to his penis and stuff and I saw some blood and that’s when I took off.

He mentions both a cut on the face and cut on the bottom area in this part, and when asked what he means by bottom he agrees he means the genitals. Not only that, but he’s the first person to mention these injuries in his statement.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jlm_june1.html

Another claim is that Jessie got the knife wrong. He described it as a folding buck knife with a brown handle, but the one linked to the bodies through the serration marks was a survival knife that didn’t fold. There could be several reasons for this. Jessie claimed to have killed Michale Moore, who’s body was found a distance from Stevie Branch and Christopher Byers. Moore had been found 27 feet from the other two victims, so Jessie would have witnessed their attack from a far. It’s reasonable that Jessie may not have gotten a good look at everything. He also could have been lying like he did with the rope which is highly probable since he had already lied previously. One other strong possibility being that since there was more than one killer, there was more than one knife.

Now lets show what he actually got right in his statements.

We should first start out with some context of his questioning by police.

First we should get into Vicki Hutcheson. Vicki was the mother of Aaron Hutcheson, a friend of the victims in this case. Aaron had a babysitter who just so happened to be Jessie Misskelley. Jessie also often stayed at Vicki’s home, and was even found there the day he was questioned by police.

Around the time of the murders, Vicki would get in trouble with the police for writing bad checks. When she was asked to talk to police about her legal troubles, she would ask them if she could bring her son along. The police would tell her no, but she brought Aaron along anyway, hoping to gain some sympathy. While talking with the police it came out that the victims were missing, causing Aaron to mention how those were his friends.

From this the police would want to speak with Aaron about the crime, and looking to get out of trouble, Vicki would feed the boy stories. This would taint any information the boy would provide them. Thus anything of value he had, was lost forever.

RIDGE: OKAY… OKAY I UNDERSTAND NOW, ALRIGHT SINCE THIS THING HAPPENED, AND CHRIS AND MICHAEL WERE KILLED, OKAY, HAVE YOU TALKED TO ANY OF YOUR LITTLE FRIENDS, THAT MIGHT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?

AARON: NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED BUT ME, OUT OF ALL MY FRIENDS

RIDGE: BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?

AARON: (inaudible)

RIDGE: TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK HAPPENED?

AARON: THEY UM, THEY WENT DOWN TO WATCH THOSE MEN AND

GITCHELL: NOW WHAT DAY DID THEY GO BACK TO WATCH THEM?

AARON: IT WAS ON… ON A WEDNESDAY

GITCHELL: ALRIGHT WERE YOU GOING TO GO WITH THEM, DID YOU WANT TO GO WITH THEM?

AARON: YEAH (YES), MY, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE REALLY GOING TO DO

GITCHELL: DID SOMEONE NOT LET YOU GO?

AARON: MY MOM

GITCHELL: OKAY

RIDGE: OKAY, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED TO THEM?

AARON: I THINK THEY WAS WATCHING THEM MEN LIKE… LIKE WE ALWAYS DID, AND THEY… THEY GOT CAUGHT, AND THEN THEY NEVER TOLD THE MEN, AND THE MEN SORTA KILLED THEM

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Vicki would also learn that Damien Echols was a suspect in the crime, and tried to get information connecting him to the murders. She would even talk Jessie Misskelley into helping her meet with Damien. She had heard from numerous people, that Damien was into Wicca, and interested in the occult. It was also no secret that he had several friends into Wicca who he liked to hangout with. After that she concocted a story claiming she attended an Esbat with Jessie and Damien. She’d even testify in court to this, only to later admit that she made it all up.

Vicki’s stories of cults would become a line of questioning that police would often ask about, and they’d even ask Jessie, who’d incorporate them into two of his confessions, along with Damien’s Wiccan friends.

One of Damien’s Wiccan friends was this man, Murray Farris.

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Farris had a Wiccan group that would meet up occasionally, and even gave names of other members to the police.

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Another member of this group was Chris Littrell, a friend of Damien’s, who’d mention that the group was a coven, and that they formed this group about three or four months back.

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The group being around for three months jives with this portion of Jessie’s initial confession.

*A161 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm, I think when we had that cult.
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Okay, now you have participated in this cult, right?
*A162 MISSKELLEY: Yes
DETECTIVE GITCHELL: And how long have you been involved in it?
*A163 MISSKELLEY: I’ve been in it for about three months.

It would seem from this context that when the police questioned him, that some of the more fanciful, and strange elements of the confession he had cobbled together from Damien’s friends and Vicki’s stories.

In part of a report on the first confession it would mention the friends and their coven, as a cult.

ON 060393 OFFICER RIDGE HAD OCCASION TO BE PRESENT IN AN INTERVIEW OF JESSIE MISSKELLEY JR. IN THE WEST MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT. IT HAD BEEN LEARNED THROUGH PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS THAT JESSIE HAD BEEN A FRIEND TO DAMIEN ECHOLS AND JASON BALDWIN WHO WERE CONSIDERED SUSPECTS IN THE ABOVE NOTED CASE. IT HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY DISCOVERED THAT JESSIE, DAMIEN, AND JASON WERE MEMBERS OF A CULT LIKE GROUP OF YOUNGSTERS WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY HAD MEETINGS IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE STATE.

Other portions of that report state as follows.

DETECTIVE SGT. MIKE ALLEN HAD ASKED JESSIE MISSKELLEY SR. IF IT WERE POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO TALK TO JESSIE JR. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT JESSIE SR. WENT AND PICKED JESSIE JR. UP AT WHICH TIME HE TURNED HIM OVER TO DETECTIVE SGT. MIKE ALLEN AT APPROXIMATELY 9:45 A.M. ON 060393.

DETECTIVE SGT. ALLEN BEGAN THE INTERVIEW WITH MISSKELLEY JR. AND THE STANDARD QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS NAME, BIRTH DATE, AND OTHER STATUS QUESTIONS CONTAINED ON A SUBJECT DESCRIPTION FORM WERE BEING ASKED AS I ENTERED THE ROOM WHERE THE INTERVIEW HAD BEGUN.

SGT. ALLEN WAS TAKING NOTES AS QUESTIONS WRE BEING ASKED ABOUT MISSKELLEY’S WHEREABOUT ON THE DATE THE VICTIMS WERE MURDERED. MISSKELLEY STATED THAT HE WAS WORKING THE WEEK THAT THE BOYS WERE KILLED AND THAT HE HAD BEEN AT WORK ON THE DAY THAT THEY WERE KILLED. HE FURTHER STATED THAT HE HAD GOTTEN OFF WORK THAT DAY AT APPROXIMATELY 5:00 PM AND THAT HE WENT HOME AFTER WORK WHERE HE STATED THAT HE STAYED AT HOME THE REST OF THE DAY. HE STATED THAT HE HAD NO FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOMICIDE. AS HE WAS MAKING THESE STATEMENTS HE WAS NERVOUS AND FAILED TO LOOK AT ME IN THE EYES AND HAD THE GESTURES THAT HE WAS BEING DECEPTIVE IN THE INTERVIEW.

JESSIE STATED THAT HE THOUGHT THAT DAMIEN HAD COMMITTED THE MURDERS WITH A FRIEND OF HIS BEING A PARTNER IN THE MURDERS. AGAIN HE WAS NERVOUS THROUGHOUT THE INTERVIEW FROM THIS POINT AND HE APPEARED TO BE WITH HOLDING INFORMATION. JESSIE STATED THAT HE KNEW THAT DAMIEN WAS SICK AND THAT HE BELIEVED THAT HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDERS. HE STATED THAT DAMIEN’S BEST FRIEND WAS JASON BALDWIN AND THAT HE KNEW THAT JASON WAS WITH DAMIEN ALL THE TIME. HE STATED THAT HE KNEW THAT DAMIEN HAD A GIRL FRIEND NAMED DOMINI WHO HE DID NOT KNOW THE LAST NAME OF AND DESCRIBED HER AS BEING A RED HAIRED, SKINNY, LIGHT COMPLEXIONED, AND LIVES IN LAKESHORE TRILER PARK NEAR JASON.

JESSIE STATED THAT HE HAD LAST SEEN DAMIEN ABOUT THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO THIS INTERVIEW AND THAT HE HAD NEVER TALKED TO HIM ABOUT THE MURDERS. HE THEN STATED THAT HE HAD SPENT THE NIGHT OF 060293 WITH A VICKI WHO HAS A SON NAMED AARON WHO LIVES IN

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THE HIGHLAND TRAILER PARK NEAR HIM. HE STATED THAT HE HAD INTRODUCED VICKI WHO IS A 34 YEAR OLD FEMALE WITH RED HAIR BECAUSE SHE HAD A PROWLER THE NIGHT BEFORE AND SHE WAS AFRAID FOR HER AND HER SON’S SAFETY. JESSIE THEN STATED THAT HE HAD TALKED TO DAMIEN AND HAD EVEN INTRODUCED HIM TO VICKI.

JESSIE HAD THEN STATED THAT HE HAD HEARD RUMORS THAT DAMIEN AND ROBERT BURCH HAD COMMITTED THE MURDERS. JESSIE AGAIN STATED THAT HE WAS CERTAIN THAT DAMIEN WAS CAPABLE OF COMMITTING THE MURDERS BUT THAT HE DID NOT KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT ROBERT BURCH.

AT THIS TIME I ASKED IF JESSIE WERE WILLING TO TAKE A POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION TO DETERMINE THE TRUTHFULNESS OF HIS STATEMENT AND HE STATED THAT HE HAD NEVER HAD A POLYGRAPH TEST BEFORE BUT THAT HE WOULD TAKE ON. MIKE ALLEN THEN BEGAN TO GET THE INFORMATION TOGETHER FROM THE POLYGRAPH EXAMINER BILL DURHAM AS TO WHAT PERMISSION WOULD HAVE TO BE OBTAINED TO PERFORM THE EXAMINATION. IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT JESSIE MISSKELLEY SR. WOULD HAVE TO GIVE PERMISSION TO PERFORM THE TEST AND DETECTIVE SGT. MIKE ALLEN TOOK JESSIE JR. TO FIND HIS FATHER AND OBTAIN THE PERMISSION.

JESSIE WAS READ HIS RIGHTS ACCORDING TO THE MIRANDA RULE IN MY PRESENCE IN WHICH HE STATED THAT HE UNDER STOOD AND SIGNED AGGREEING TO MAKE THE STATEMENTS CONCERNING HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOMICIDES.

DETECTIVE SGT. ALLEN OBTAINED THE PERMISSION FROM JESSIE MISSKELLEY SR. ON N. MISSOURI STREET AT MCDONALD’S RESTAURANT AT ABOUT 10:30 AM ON 060393.

DETECTIVE BILL DURHAM BEGAN THE INTERVIEW OF JESSIE MISSKELLEY AT ABOUT 10:30 AM AND HE CONCLUDED HIS LAST TEST AT APPROXIMATELY 12:30 PM ON 060393. SHORTLY AFTER DETECTIVE DURHAM HAD COMPLETED HIS TESTING HE CAME OUT OF HIS OFFICE AND APPROIACHED DETECTIVE SGT. MIKE ALLEN AND INFORMED HIM THAT THE TEST HAD SHOWN THE JESSIE JR. WAS
BEING DECEPTIVE IN HIS RESPONSES ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MURDERS, HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE MURDERS, AND ABOUT BEING IN THE AREA KNOWN A ROBIN HOOD HILLS AT THE TIME OF THE MURDERS.

Here’s the polygraph they administered to Jessie along with the results.

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This polygraph would indicate deception on Jessie’s part, so he failed it.

This trial transcript then demonstrates what happened next.

Fogleman: And approximately what time did you begin talking to him?

Gitchell: Uh, let’s see, that was approximately 12:40pm.

Fogleman: And during the course of your conversation, uhh, with this defendant, uh, initially, uh, were you doing anything to preserve the conversation? Yourself?

Gitchell: Uh, the — no sir.

Fogleman: Alright. Was Detective Ridge?

Gitchell: Uh, no sir. Not that I know of. He may have been taking some notes.

Fogleman: Okay. Why were you not taking notes at that time?

Gitchell: Well, when I talk with someone I usually do not like to, for the purpose, I like to key on and be able to listen and have my complete attention as to the conversation.

Fogleman: Alright. Now, during the course of this conversation, um, was there, um, let me ask you this way. Was there a photograph shown the defendant?

Gitchell: Yes sir, it was.

Fogleman: Alright. Uh, was there a small portion of a tape played for the defendant?

Gitchell: Yes sir, there was.

Fogleman: And was there something about a circle?

Gitchell: Yes sir.

Fogleman: Alright. Now was that done before or after you started tape recording?

Gitchell: That was before we started tape recording.

Fogleman: And do you recall the sequence of what took place when?

Gitchell: Uh, during Detective Ridge and I’s, uh conversation with Mr. Misskelley, uh there was a, I believe — I hope this is right — there was a, the diagram which I did, and then the picture and then the tape.

Fogleman: Alright. Were they one behind the other or were things in between?

Gitchell: Uh, there was some in between from the diagram, was the first thing. Then some time passed. And then there was the picture, um, just a few minutes passed from that point to the tape.

Fogleman: Okay. Now on the diagram, describe to the jury what this, what this was, this diagram.

Gitchell: Okay, um, a lot, I’m assuming a lot of people may be familiar with um a term, straddling the fence.

Fogleman: Um-hmm.

Gitchell: And that was sort of along the lines that I was thinking uh, when talking to someone that you do not feel is telling you the complete truth. Uh, quit straddling the fence, be on one side of it or the other. Uh, I did something a little different, in so much as I drew a circle, and I had several dots within that circle and several dots outside.

Fogleman: Okay.

Gitchell: And I asked, which side is he going to be on, on this outside or the inside.

Fogleman: Alright. Now who’s inside the circle?

Gitchell: Uh, no one in particular. No one named or, um, but I, I indicated that law enforcement was on the outside of the circle.

Fogleman: Alright. In general, what was on the inside?

Gitchell: Uh, in general, uh, just who was responsible for these crimes.

Fogleman: Alright. When you did this diagram, did you say these dots inside represent a particular named individual or individuals?

Gitchell: No sir.

Fogleman: Alright. And what did you do with the circle and the dots?

Gitchell: Uh, you mean afterwards or? Just pretty much like I did then, just did it on a piece of paper and that was it.

Fogleman: (interrupting) Alright.

Gitchell: And, of course, showed that to Jessie ’cause he was right there.

Fogleman: Alright. And when you showed it to him, what happened, what did you do?

Gitchell: Uh he, he immediately said that uh, he wanted to be on the outside of the circle with the law enforcement.

Fogleman: Okay. And, um, and then I take it you had some more conversation.

Gitchell: Yes sir.

Fogleman: And then what took place?

Gitchell: Uh, a short time later, uh, I stepped out of the room, uh…

Fogleman: (inaudible) before you, alright is that when you got the picture —

Gitchell: (interrupting) Yes sir —

Fogleman: — when you stepped out of the room? Okay.

Gitchell: I stepped out of the office that we were talking to Jessie in, and um, got this picture, and then also I remembered a recording, uh, of a phrase, just only a phrase, I believe probably a four to five second phrase within that recorded statement that I wanted to play for Jessie.

Fogleman: Alright. And the voice on this tape, without naming names uh, how old of a person was this on the tape?

Gitchell: Uh, eight years old.

Fogleman: Okay. And are you aware of whether or not the defendant, uh, knew, knew the person whose voice it was?

Gitchell: The information that we had was that he is familiar with the eight-year-old boy.

This audio tape played for Jessie was a statement given by Aaron Hutcheson.

First though, they’d show him a picture of Michael Moore.

Fogleman: Alright. Now, when you came back in the room, uh, I want to show you State’s Exhibit 76 and ask if you recognize that?

Gitchell: Yes sir, this is the, um, photograph that I showed Jessie. It has the number 3 on the front of the photograph, and on the back it’s number 107.

Fogleman: Okay. And what was the response to the photograph?

Gitchell: When I showed Jessie this photograph and he took it into his hand, and he just, he just went back in his chair like this. And, and he just locked in on it, fixed in on the photograph, and just kept staring at it and staring at it. And I could tell that he just was — I didn’t know how long he was going to do that. So I, I took it from his hand, and set it on the table that we were working on.

Here’s Gitchell demonstrating how Jessie was holding the photo.

Gitchell

Fogleman: Okay. And then what happened?

Gitchell: Briefly, just a few minutes after that, of course I um had the tape, which I do have that tape with me at this time —

Fogleman: Alright. Your Honor —

Gitchell: — and I played this small portion of that tape.

Fogleman: Your Honor, we would ask permission to play that portion of the tape.

The Court: Alright. You will be permitted to do so.

Gitchell: This may take a little, you know, problems I had.

(squeaky speeding up of tape noise)

TAPE: Nobody knows what happened but me, out of all — (clicked off)

Gitchell: Should I do that again, your Honor?

The Court: I think so.

TAPE: Nobody knows what happened by me, out of — (clicked off)

Fogleman: Okay, what, what did he say for the jurors that didn’t pick it, catch it?

Gitchell: He said, “Nobody knows what happened but me.”

Fogleman: Okay. Alright. And when you played this tape, what was the defendant’s response?

Gitchell: He, he immediately stated that he wanted to tell us about it, at that point.

Fogleman: Alright. And um, at some point thereafter did Detective Ridge leave the room?

Gitchell: Yes sir, he did.

Fogleman: Alright. And uh, while Detective Ridge was out of the room, what took place?

Gitchell: Uh, at that point, uh, Jessie indicated to me that uh, he was present during that time that the boys were murdered.

Fogleman: Okay. Now was there (cough) had there been some statement, uh, or what statements if any did the defendant make in your presence about having been, uh, at the scene?

Gitchell: He, he had stated earlier that he had been at the scene, um, that um, also that he had gone back to the scene…

Fogleman: Alright, you said gone back. Were those his words?

Gitchell: Yes.

Fogleman: Alright. Did he say that before or after, uh, he admitted being there when it took place?

Gitchell: Uh, let’s see. I, it may have been before.

Fogleman: Okay.

Gitchell: It, it does get a little confusing, even for me.

Fogleman: Alright. What did he say about when he went back to the scene?

Gitchell: That, uh, he went out into the woods, where this occurred, the murders, and he set out and cried.

Fogleman: Alright. And uhh, after he admitted to you that he had been there, um, or I may be jumping ahead of myself. Now tell me again what he said to you while he was, while Detective Ridge was out of the room.

Gitchell: That uh, he was, he was present when the, the boys were murdered.

Fogleman: Alright. And after he admitted to you that he was present, what was the defendant’s response?

Gitchell: Uh, basically, uh, I stopped him at that point.

Fogleman: Alright.

Gitchell: And uh, then I wanted to make sure it, it was obvious at this time we had more than just uh, a person that we were trying to get information from as to other parties. Uh, it was obvious to us that uh, we had a person here that uh, was involved.

Fogleman: Was there any kind of emotional response?

Gitchell: Uh, from Jessie?

Fogleman: Yes.

Gitchell: Uh, well he was emotionally upset, you could tell that, uh, it was an emotional time for myself also.

Fogleman: Alright, when you say it was emotional for him and you could tell it, what told you that —

Gitchell: Well he had, he had tears coming down his eyes.

Fogleman: Alright. Had y’all yelled at him or been mean to him or —

Gitchell: No sir.

Fogleman: — threatened him or promised him anything, done any of those things?

Gitchell: None of those things happened whatsoever.

Fogleman: Alright, now after he admitted to being there, what did you do in order to preserve the conversation?

Gitchell: Okay, uh, I instructed that uh, Detective Ridge, I went out to the room said we need to get a tape recorder which is, this is the identical tape recorder that was used. Uh, the tape recorder was brought into the room, myself and Detective Ridge at that point, we advised him of his rights for the third time that day.

Fogleman: Alright. Now before you go on, I want to hand you what I’ve marked for identification purposes as State’s Exhibit 75A and ask if you can identify that?

Gitchell: Yes sir, this is a uh typed transcript of that taped interview.

Fogleman: And does that transcript fairly portray what it said on the tape?

Gitchell: Yes sir.

After being shown the photo of one of the victims, and listening to the tape of Aaron, the boy he had babysat, and friend of the victims, he broke down crying. It was during this crying that he admitted that he was there when the boys were murdered, and stated how he had even returned to the crime scene and cried about what had happened there.

After this, the confession was taped, and within it Jessie volunteered new information. Something innocent people don’t usually do. And this information happened to explain why Michael Moore’s body was found a distance away from the other two victims.

Here’s Jessie’s statements.

RIDGE: Okay
JESSIE: And started doing the same thing, then the other one took off, Michael Moore took off running, so I chased him and grabbed him and hold him, until they got there and then I left.
RIDGE: Alright, when you get the boys back together, where were you at from the creek?
JESSIE: I was up there by the Service Road
RIDGE: Up by the Service Road?
JESSIE: Yes
RIDGE: Okay, now when this, when he hit the first boy, where are they at when he hits him, are you in the woods, you’re on the side of big bayou, you’re out in the field, where were you at?
JESSIE: I was in the woods.
RIDGE: In the woods. Okay, you’ve been down there in those woods before, can you describe to me what in those woods, what’s the location where you were?
JESSIE: Uh,
RIDGE: Is there a path that you go down?
JESSIE: Uh, down a little path
RIDGE: Alright, where does that path go too?
JESSIE: It leads out there close to the field, close to the interstate.
RIDGE: Okay
JESSIE: Close to the interstate
RIDGE: When he hits the first boy and then Jason hits another boy, and one takes off running, where does he run too?
JESSIE: That one, he runs out, out the park and I chased him and grabbed him and brought him back.

Here’s Jessie telling his own lawyer this from a later confession.

STIDHAM: Did you know what was going to happen at that point?

MISSKELLEY: No.

STIDHAM: Why did you chase him down and bring him back – or did you?

MISSKELLEY: No, I didn’t – until Damien told me, “Get him.” And then that’s when I went back after him and got him. Then I brought him back and that’s when –

STIDHAM: What was the boy wearing that you went and got and brought back?

MISSKELLEY: Uh – to my knowledge, I’m going to say, the one – I don’t know their names, you know, to my knowledge, the one that was wearing, uh, like a boy scout uniform. I don’t know, you know, that’s to my knowledge. That’s what one of them was wearing, I don’t know which boy.

STIDHAM: Damien told you to go get him and bring him back?

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MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh, (Affirmatively indicating) after I done hit him first.

So he volunteered a fact that he couldn’t know. It was never publicized that one of the boys was found farther away from the others, and that it was Michael Moore. Did he just guess and happen to get lucky on this part? That right there seems to point out that he’s telling the truth.

He also stated about an injury on Stevie’s penis, which was accurate.

MISSKELLEY: Then Damien started messing, you know, playing around with his penis and stuff.

STIDHAM: What do you mean playing around with it? Tell me exactly what happened.

MISSKELLEY: He put his hand over the top of it, on – you know, squeezing it, at it, squeezing it.

The examiner testified about an injury to Stevie’s penis.

“Here on state’s exhibit 65B what we can see is, we have a photograph of the head of the penis and midshaft of the penis. And you can note here this dark discoloration, which is bruising and overlying this area of bruising – if you look very closely you can see a smaller area of bruising and fine linear scratches. Now state’s exhibit 64B is showing the undersurface of the penis. And here you can see the injury and part of the head and shaft of the penis, but what’s important to note in this photograph is that we have a clear line of demarcation here. Ok, where we have this area here – which was involved, and we have this nice circumferential band going around the penis – which can also be seen on the front of the penis – the injured part of the penis. This line of demarcation, which is separating the injury and the uninvolved um – skin.”

After some prodding by his own lawyer in which he seemed embarrassed about having watched his friends not only rape some children but that he watched his friends commit a homosexual act he would state this.

STIDHAM: Did Damien ever suck on that boy’s penis?

MISSKELLEY: (long pause) That – the one that he was going to get, you know, screw him from behind. He went on him – he went down on him.

STIDHAM: Damien sucked that little boy’s penis?

MISSKELLEY: He didn’t suck on it, he bit it.

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STIDHAM: What do you mean he bit it?

MISSKELLEY: Bit the top – the head of it.

STIDHAM: How do you know he did it?

MISSKELLEY: Not hard, but – I’m – I’m going to say he didn’t do it hard.

STIDHAM: How do you know that’s what he did?

MISSKELLEY: I seen him – I seen his head going down that way. I don’t know, you know, I don’t know if he – I don’t know if he did or not, but I seen his head go between that boy’s legs.

So you have the examiner saying someone wounded Stevie’s genitals. Then you have Jessie saying how Damien squeezed, pinched, and even bit them.

Jessie also stated that he left separately from Damien and Jason, and that he busted a bottle of Evan Williams whiskey under a bridge afterwords. He’d give information to his lawyer about this busted whiskey bottle.

STIDHAM: Okay. What did you do with the whiskey bottle?

MISSKELLEY: Well, after I’d done seen what Jason did to – I don’t know which boy it was – but he cut his penis and everything, and I was still mad and I still had whiskey in my bottle. I walked down the street drinking whiskey, and all of a sudden I just busted it.

STIDHAM: Where’d you bust it at?

MISSKELLEY: On the overpass.

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STIDHAM: Which overpass?

MISSKELLEY: Going towards – came back that way.

STIDHAM: Did you walk over the top of the overpass?

MISSKELLEY: I went back the same way I came. Up – up under by Lakeshore – where I busted it was at Lakeshore, by the Lakeshore where – between Wal-Mart and Lakeshore, over that overpass. I busted it there.

STIDHAM: On top of the overpass?

MISSKELLEY: No. I was underneath walking. I didn’t walk over it, I just walked underneath on the grass and stuff all the way through. And that’s when I busted the bottle.

STIDHAM: Underneath it?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Directly underneath it?

MISSKELLEY: I just threw it and hit the side.

STIDHAM: Which side? Do you remember?

MISSKELLEY: Which side? Like they was going – I mean the road was going towards –

STIDHAM: Did you throw up? You told the officers that you threw up.

MISSKELLEY: No, I got – I was dizzy.

STIDHAM: Okay, where did you go after you left the overpass where you busted the bottle?

MISSKELLEY: I walked straight home.

Now this is that Overpass that he busted the bottle under.

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After his confession to his lawyer, the following happened.

” To clarify some incorrect statements that Mr. Stidham made, originally we went down to the Department of Correction on Tuesday, which would have been the Tuesday after Mr. Misskelley was convicted.

It was our information that on the way down to the Department of Corrections on Friday, that he had spoken, talked continuously for a period of two to three hours, however long it took to get there, describing his involvement and even indicating to the officers that he was not shocked by what the jury did because he basically deserved the punishment he received. He talked constantly about what — his involvement in the case. The officers advised me of that information and that’s when I contacted Dan Stidham to see if we should go down there to discuss his client’s options and if he did in fact want to testify.

We then rode down to the Department of Corrections on Tuesday. Mr. Stidham rode with me. Mr. Fogleman and Mr. Gitchell met us at Brinkley, and we went to Pine Bluff. At that time, Mr. Stidham talked with him for approximately ten or fifteen minutes, at which point he came out of the room, grabbed a Bible. went back in and — this is my personal observation — but approximately 30 to 45 minutes later Mr. Stidham exited. He was very upset, unnerved, just kept mumbling things — “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do now. I don’t know what to do now.”

And after thirty minutes of conversation, it became apparent at that point that his client had indicated that he was involved in the murders and had in fact witnessed and played a part in the murders.

Mr. Stidham then went back into the room, at which time he did not allow us, nor did we request or insist on having contact with his client. He went back inside and talked for another hour and came back and to paraphrase indicated that his client’s story matched with the facts much better and there were a few things we needed to do to be able to corroborate his statement.

At that point we got in our vehicles, and one of the things to corroborate his client’s statement was to determine if there was an Evan Williams whiskey bottle under an overpass in West Memphis.

To quote Mr. Stidham, I believe at that time, “If we can find a bottle like he says, then that will convince me that it happened.” At 9:30 or 10:00 at night we drive — ten o’clock in the evening — we proceed, the four of us, to roam underneath the overpasses of West Memphis and lo and behold find a broken bottle in the location indicated by his client.

We then take the bottle to a local liquor store where we proceeded to spend the better part of an hour matching the bottle with certain items, and lo and behold it matches with the brand name bottle Mr. Stidham had indicated that we should be looking for in the first place.

At that point Mr. Stidham says that wasn’t good enough to convince him.”

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So they recovered the busted bottle of Evan Williams that Jessie described. They also would even find the person who bought him the booze on the day of the murders after Jessie gave them her name.

MISSKELLEY: Then Vickie went uh, went to the store and bought

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me some liquor.

STIDHAM: Vickie Hutcheson?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, sir.

STIDHAM: Okay, so about 6 o’clock. Is that, where did you run into her at?

MISSKELLEY: I went to her house.

STIDHAM: So you went by (inaudible) to Vickie’s house? This is on May 5th, the day the boys were killed?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, sir.

STIDHAM: And Vickie went to buy you some liquor?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, sir.

STIDHAM: Where’d she go, did you go with her?

MISSKELLEY: Huh-uh. (Negatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Did you stay at the house when she left, or tell me what happened?

MISSKELLEY: I was standing on the corner talking with Dennis, Dennis Carter.

STIDHAM: Standing on the corner where?

MISSKELLEY: By my house.

STIDHAM: So tell me how you went to Vickie and why she went to get you some liquor?

MISSKELLEY: I asked, no, Dennis asked uh, asked me, you know, did I know anybody to get us something to drink? I told him, Vickie will. So we gave Vickie some money and I went down her house and started talking just a little bit, and I asked her

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would she go to the store and buy me some liquor.

STIDHAM: And she said -?

MISSKELLEY: She said, yes. She said hand me the money, she said, I’ll go in a minute. I said, okay.

STIDHAM: You left her house, or what?

MISSKELLEY: I left her house, and me and Dennis went to my house and you know watched as she went around the corner and we sat there on the corner, sat there and talked about, you know, drinking. and stuff.

STIDHAM: So did Vickie bring you some liquor?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, she carried it to her house and me and Dennis went down there and got it.

STIDHAM: What did she buy you?

MISSKELLEY: Evan Williams.

STIDHAM: Evan Williams?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh.

STIDHAM: What is that, wine?

MISSKELLEY: Whiskey.

STIDHAM: Just one bottle?

MISSKELLEY: She bought two bottles.

STIDHAM: How big are the bottles?

MISSKELLEY: About – –

STIDHAM: Fifth?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah, about – –

STIDHAM: About this tall?

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MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Then what happened?

MISSKELLEY: Then I started drinking out, uh, Dennis’ bottle, and I told him I was going to Lakeshore.

STIDHAM: So, did you go to Lakeshore?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah.

STIDHAM: what happened when you went to Lakeshore?

MISSKELLEY: I met Damien and Jason Baldwin.

STIDHAM: What did ya’ll talk about? Did you have your whiskey bottle with you? ‘

MISSKELLEY: Yes, sir, I did.

STIDHAM: How’d you carry it?

MISSKELLEY: Carried in the front of my pants.

Jessie would also give a perfect description of how to walk from his home to the crime scene.

STIDHAM: Did you talk with anybody on your way to Lakeshore?

MISSKELLEY: No, I was walking by myself.

STIDHAM: Did you walk down in front of ____’s shop? How’d you get to Lakeshore?

MISSKELLEY: I was walking from my aunt’s house. Then walked down towards John Heck’s.

STIDHAM: What?

HISSKELLEY: Heck’s. Right behind –

STIDHAM: Heck’s?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah, right behind the shop.

STIDHAM: What’s that, Heck’s?

MISSKELLEY: That’s a wrecker service.

STIDHAM: Oh, okay. Did you go under that little railroad thing?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating) And I went up under the underpass, then I Saw Damien and Jason and walked –

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STIDHAM: Where were they at? Were they under the underpass or were they? –

MISSKELLEY: No. They was at Lakeshore.

STIDHAM: Where did you meet them?

MISSKELLEY: In the park by Quinton’s house, Quinton Johnson.

STIDHAM: You talk to Quinton that day?

MISSKELLEY: Huh-uh. (Negatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Did you see anybody else outside?

MISSKELLEY: No.

STIDHAM: Somebody seen the two of you talking or something?

MISSKELLEY: But, people don’t say nothing when we talk.

STIDHAM: But did anybody see, or did you talk to anybody else?

MISSKELLEY: No.

STIDHAM: So you’re in a park?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. By the – by the lake.

STIDHAM: Is there swing sets there or something, or – ?

MISSKELLEY: No, it wasn’t a swing set.

STIDHAM: How do you know it’s a park?

MISSKELLEY: It’s like a field between houses and stuff.

STIDHAM: Just playground equipment there?

MISSKELLEY: Huh-huh. (Negatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Was there anybody else there?

MISSKELLEY: No.

STIDHAM: Damien and Jason were just there?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

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STIDHAM: Did they know you were coming?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah, ‘cause that’s when Jason called me, uh, that Monday.

STIDHAM: Told you to be down there Wednesday?

MISSKELLEY: Uh—huh. He said that’s we was going to go to Lakeshore and find some girls.

STIDHAM: Go to Lakeshore and find some girls?

MISSKELLEY: No – he called me Monday and asked me to come to Lakeshore, we was going to go to West Memphis, we was going to go find some girls in West Memphis.

STIDHAM: Okay. Did ya’ll talk about hurting boys, or doing anything to boys, or -?

MISSKELLEY: No, sir.

So at this point he’s at the park out across the street from the Walmart, and from there the crime scene is straight down the service road.

STIDHAM: Okay. May the 5th, you get to Lakeshore about 6:30?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, sir.

STIDHAM: And you met at this park by Quinton’s house?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: You didn’t see anybody else there, nobody else was standing around that would have seen you?

MISSKELLEY: No, sir. ‘Cause I always went the back way, you know, towards Jason’s house. I always went the back way, not the front way.

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STIDHAM: What happened after you went to the park – now you say you were supposed to meet them there that day?

MISSKELLEY: Supposed to meet them in West-I mean Lakeshore.

STIDHAM: At 6:30 or just whenever you got there?

MISSKELLEY: Whenever I got – I had time.

STIDHAM: Okay.

MISSKELLEY: So, we started walking towards West Memphis –

STIDHAM: How’d you get there?

MISSKELLEY: We walked.

STIDHAM: I mean, did you walk along the interstate or? –

MISSKELLEY: No, we walked over a overpass.

STIDHAM: Overpass?

MISSKELLEY: You go – it’s the overpass between Lakeshore and Wal-Mart, is the overpass. We walked over it.

STIDHAM: Did you throw anything down, or pick any thing up, or did anybody see you?

MISSKELLEY: I don’t know there was a bunch of traffic going by, I don’t know.

STIDHAM: You didn’t see anybody you knew or talk to anybody you knew?

MISSKELLEY: I didn’t know nobody.

STIDHAM: Where did you go?

MISSKELLEY: We started walking toward West-uh, to Wal-Mart, I – I – Jason and me, you know –

STIDHAM: Kenny Watkins. Do you know that guy?

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MISSKELLEY: Kenny Watkins?

STIDHAM: Watkins, that man you (inaudible)?

MISSKELLEY: Huh-uh. (Negatively indicating) I may know if I see his face, but other than that –
STIDHAM: So ya’ll started over the overpass, and –

MISSKELLEY: We started walking toward Lakeshore and I asked Jason, you know, – –

STIDHAM: were you walking from Lakeshore?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. I asked Jason, you know, where we’re going to find them girls at. He said we just going to walk around and look. And I said, okay. So we started walking. We went down – down Blue Beacon Road, and then by a bridge, we saw a little trail, and we went down that little trail. And we sit there and we started drinking.

STIDHAM: Okay, now did you see – I assume that you walked down from Wal-Mart right there, then walked down across from Missouri Street? Do you know where Missouri Street is in West Memphis, by McDonalds and Krystal?

MISSKELLEY: We didn’t go that far down.

STIDHAM: How far down did you go?

MISSKELLEY: We went from Wal-Mart, stayed on that road all the way down, all the way, went through the red light, over the railroad track and on down to (inaudible) then Blue Beacon and Lowe’s.

STIDHAM: Okay. So is there a liquor store there by those

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railroad tracks that you’re talking about walking over?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah. It just says Liquor.

STIDHAM: You walked down the service road then? Right?

MISSKELLEY: Yep.

STIDHAM: And it was just the three of you?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

That’s a near perfect description of how to walk to the crime scene from someone who’s supposedly “innocent”.

Here’s a photo of the area, with the Walmart location shown in relation to the crime scene. The park Jessie mentions is marked with an “X”. This is where he claimed he met up with his friends that day.

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At one point Stidham even had Jessie describe for him, and draw the crime scene.

STIDHAM: Okay Jessie. I’m going to let you draw me a picture here. I’m going to get it started for you. I’m going to date it up here 2-8-94. I’m going to draw a picture of the service road here. Okay? And we’re going to make this right here Blue Beacon Truck Wash.

MISSKELLEY: There’s a Army supply – or a Army, National Guard deal.

STIDHAM: Where at? Point to it.

MISSKELLEY: Well, I know its, you know, (inaudible) can’t do it like this, So, it’s going to be, you know, to my (inaudible)

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there’ll be a little slope, there’s going to be a bridge going across the road, and there’s the army right here and then there’s a road –

STIDHAM: Let me let you have a red ink pen. That one don’t work too good. Try this one.

MISSKELLEY: That’s leaking.

STIDHAM: Yeah, that’s not going to work. Okay, this is green. Draw me where the bridge is.

MISSKELLEY: Okay. There’s be a – see I could do better, you know.

STIDHAM: Make an X where the dog track was.

MISSKELLEY: Dog track?

STIDHAM: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

MISSKELLEY: Uh, about probably here. That’s the dog track.

STIDHAM: That’s the other side of the interstate?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh, that’s the dog track.

STIDHAM: Where did you put a bridge at?

MISSKELLEY: The bridge? There’s a – the Blue Beacon, and there’ll be a little – like a little, I’m going to say like a little driveway right up in there.

STIDHAM: Driveway for what?

MISSKELLEY: Going towards the field. You know, for tractors and plowers?

STIDHAM: Okay. Where is the bridge at?

MISSKELLEY: The bridge would be about – about like that – the

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bridge.

STIDHAM: Make the bridge go all the way across this other stuff so you’ll know what it is.

MISSKELLEY: This bridge don’t go like that. Yeah it does, it goes like that.

STIDHAM: Why is there a bridge there? IS there something under the bridge?

MISSKELLEY: Water.

STIDHAM: Is it a river, or – ?

MISSKELLEY: I’m – I’m going to say it’s something like that, but – –

STIDHAM: Draw me a picture of the – draw me a picture of where the pipe is you were talking about.

MISSKELLEY: The bridge, the trail, water, and trees – like big trees, and right beside that there’s – going across, like that.

STIDHAM: Pipe going across?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Is that in the woods or beside the woods?

MISSKELLEY: In it. The woods was there was in it.

STIDHAM: Draw me the creek now.

MISSKELLEY: Creek.

STIDHAM: I see the creek starts there at that bridge?

MISSKELLEY: Creek, all right there’s the trail, there’s the bridge, there’s water going up under it all the way down, then there’s trees, like that, then trees, and it goes all the way to

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the pipe, and then it goes on out.

STIDHAM: Where does the creek go?

MISSKELLEY: I don’t know where it goes. All I know it just – it just – just flows.

STIDHAM: Are there any houses nearby, or anything?

MISSKELLEY: The houses back – back – back by this way. About – where the driveway’s at then there’s a field, and you can see through them trees and there are houses.

STIDHAM: Isn’t there the bayou, isn’t there a bigger river or creek?

MISSKELLEY: By that field, by that – where that driveway is at there’s a field and there’s trees and just – like the bayou goes all the way through there, all the way back to towards – back to the (inaudible). That’s it.

STIDHAM: Is that a big creek or a little creek?

MISSKELLEY: Pretty big.

In one of his statements with his own lawyer Dan would even try and trip him up, but Jessie remained consistent.

STIDHAM: When you left, you went up the creek and got out by Blue Beacon?

JESSIE: I got on the service road.

STIDHAM: Okay, you didn’t go back the same way you came in down by the video place?

JESSIE: Huh-uh. (Negatively indicating) I went – I went through the service road. (pause) From Blue Beacon and – it was quite a while to walk.

STIDHAM: So you left, when you got out to come by the service road by Blue Beacon you just walked back home, by the service road. So you stayed near the interstate almost all the way?

JESSIE: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Anybody see you or did you see anybody or recognize anybody?

JESSIE: I didn’t see nobody I recognized.

If Jessie was lying or easily coerced he would have said he left by the video store like Dan had just suggested.

He also described the bridge at the crime scene in perfect detail.

MISSKELLEY: We sit by some trees. By a tree that was, that was leaned over. There was a – like a – I’m going to say like a water pipe.

STIDHAM: Water pipe. What kind of water pipe?

MISSKELLEY: That’s what I’m going to say what it is. I don’t

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know what it was.

STIDHAM: Was the pipe going up in the air, pipe going -?

MISSKELLEY: No. Pipe going like this way, makes it a walkway or something, like a little bridge – something like that. And we started drinking. Then we started drinking and then we heard some noise. And then, uh, me and Jason hid, and Damien just sit there, and then all of a sud – he told him to hide and he did. Then these boys came up.

STIDHAM: Now this pipe that came across the water, was it on a creek? Or – describe it to me. Was there trees around? or was it in the open? Or?-

MISSKELLEY: Lots of trees.

STIDHAM: Is there a pipe? – describe it to me, I want to make sure I understand.

MISSKELLEY: Pipe. It’s like a sewage type.

STIDHAM: Was it as big around as your leg or big around as your arm, or finger, or?

MISSKELLEY: It’s like a sewage pipe. To my knowledge, I’m going to say it’s like that big around. To my knowledge.

STIDHAM: Big enough to walk on?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah.

STIDHAM: Is there any other things going across the water?

MISSKELLEY: Anything going across the water? You mean floating?

STIDHAM: I mean, say there’s a pipe going across the water.

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MISSKELLEY: Go – goes towards the – to the other side of the bank.

STIDHAM: So what’s on the other side of the bank?

MISSKELLEY: Trees.

He even mentions how he wouldn’t advise riding a bike across this bridge which would be a legitimate comment to make about the bridge.

STIDHAM: Okay. Now you described this pipe? How big a pipe is it?

MISSKELLEY: About that wide. From that wall –

STIDHAM: Could you ride a bicycle across this pipe?

MISSKELLEY: I wouldn’t try it.

STIDHAM: How come?

MISSKELLEY: I just wouldn’t.

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(The bridge Jessie is referring to.)

Now besides from Jessie’s detailed description of the crime scene and how to get there eye witnesses also reported seeing two individuals covered in mud walking away from the crime scene.

One was Damien Echols, and the other was possibly either Jason Baldwin or Damien’s girlfriend at the time, Domini Teer. Domini claimed it wasn’t her, and people who knew Damien, said he was out with Jason on the night of the murder, furthering the possibility that it was indeed Jason. The eye witnesses had been family members of Domini, and in truth, Jason could have easily been mistaken for the girl. Both had long hair, that would look similar in the dark. Both also wore black t-shirts and jeans with holes in the knees. Not to mention that Jason, was a small, wiry teen, so it’s not surprising that he’d be mistaken for a girl.

A photo of Jason from 1996.

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A photo of him from 1993

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A photo of Domini Teer.

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Another photo of Domini

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A photo of Domini in her usual clothing at the time. It consisted of black t-shirts and jeans, just as Jason Baldwin usually dressed.

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A final comparison with Baldwin’s mugshot.

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Here’s a link to some of the testimony concerning this sighting.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/ebtrial/narleneh.html

Jessie also stated that there was some semen found on a pair of pants belonging to the victims.

MISSKELLEY: Then he, uh, he shot off on the pants and stuff.

STIDHAM: Who did?

MISSKELLEY: Damien.

STIDHAM: Why did he do that?

MISSKELLEY: To be sick.

There was indeed a possible semen stain found on one of the pairs of pants.

Fogleman: Alright. And uh – first with blood, what type of test did, do you run on an item like that to try to detect the presence of blood?

Channell: For the blood, we use a screening test called phenolphthalein. Uh – basically, I took the items of clothing with a swab and went over them carefully and tried to determine if there could be blood on these items. On both sets of pants, the items were negative. I could not determine if there were any blood present.

Fogleman: Alright. And um – in regard to these pants and all the other items that you examined, what effect if any does uh – an item of evidence being in water have on your ability to find items?

Channell: Uh – being uh – wet, especially being say, submerged in the water, or even being dirty or soiled has a very detrimental effect on any type of biological materials that you might find. Being in the water can make it virtually impossible at times to identify any type of material.

Fogleman: Okay. And uh – does cold water as opposed to hot water have any particular effect on blood in particular?

Channell: I believe with uh – there are some studies with one versus the other, but uh – regardless of water temperature, still it will deteriorate the sample.

Fogleman: Alright. And what uh – now I believe you indicated that you ran tests for blood on these items and I’m sure you’ve said it, but what were the results of those tests as far as blood?

Channell: Uh – they were negative.

Fogleman: Alright. And then did you uh – and what was the other type of test or what other item were you looking for?

Channell: I examined these items for the presence of semen.

Fogleman: Alright. And what type of test did you run for that?

Channell: The first test that I used is basically a screening tool. I laid the clothing out and because of the nature of the clothing, uh – being very dirty and soiled, I used a laser, which emits an ultraviolet light, which helps to pick up any possible stains that you might not be able to see uh – with the unaided eye. I did find some areas. I made cuttings of those areas and then further tested them for the presence of acid phosphatase. Acid phosphatase is an enzyme which is found in semen. Uh – it is also found in other items, for instance blood. But however, it is not in the same quantities. We can not quantitate the amount of acid phosphatase present, therefore we use it again as a screening tool to tell you whether or not there could be semen present. I then took those cuttings and took an extract from those cuttings and looked microscopically to see if I could identify any sperm cells present, which I could not on either pair. I further examined those cuttings for the presence of what is termed P30, which is a prostatic antigen which is specific to the male prostate. In this examination, uh – I did have some positive controls along with my cutting samples, which indicated to me that there could be some interaction with the material that was hindering me with getting a proper answer, uh – therefore, I had to conclude that I could not determine based on my testing that semen was present and because of that reason, I then took those cuttings and submitted them also to Genetic Design where they could employ DNA testing, which is far more sensitive then my testing.

Fogleman: Alright. Let me ask you this, how many screening tests did you run on the pants or the cuttings, either one? For semen I mean.

Channell: Actually, I ran the laser as a screening test and also the acid phosphatase as a screening.

Fogleman: And on those two screening tests, uh – what was the reaction?

Channell: Uh – these reactions were positive.

Fogleman: Positive for what?

Channell: Uh – for those specific screening tests. What we employed those screening tests for – for instance, if one screening test is positive that lets us continue with our testing. If it however was negative, then we would stop with the analysis at that point.

Fogleman: And so, both tests were positive as a screening test for the presence of semen?

Channell: That’s correct.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/ebtrial/kermitc1.html

So there might have been semen on the pants of the victims and Jessie just so happens to get that right as well?

This here is from Gitchell at trial.

Q: Out of the hundred or more people y’all talked to, are you aware of anybody other than the defendant who told you that there was one of the victims that had their genitals removed and one of them had cuts to the side of the face and there had been some grabbing of the ears?

A: There was no one else that mentioned those particular injuries and you yourself, Mr. Fogleman, you are pointing to the wrong side of the cheek.

Q: But nobody else?

A: No one else.

He’s the only person to ever mention all of this information.

Jessie also mentioned that part of the ditch was slicked off.

MISSKELLEY: After they done tied them up. You know, I – I – I, you know, I wiped my footprints with a stick, you know, like a zigzag, covering up my footprints and everything. And the blood, they wiped them on, you know, like in the water, make sure all the blood was off the water – make sure the blood was off the leaves and stuff.

STIDHAM: How’d they do that?

MISSKELLEY: Rubbed together, or get their finger and just wipe if off real good. And just wipe that off.

STIDHAM: Anybody have a water hose or anything?

MISSKELLEY: No.

STIDHAM: Buckets of water or anything?

MISSKELLEY: Huh-uh, (Negatively indicating) by the ditch deal.

STIDHAM: Then how did they get the water up on the bank?

MISSKELLEY: How?

STIDHAM: Splashing it with their hands?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Is that what you’re doing?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah.

Jessie also mentions how Damien licked blood off his fingers from Stevie’s face.

DAVIS: What, what was Damien doing during this time?

MISSKELLEY: Well the one that got cut on his face, he stuck his finger on his cheek and slicked the blood off of it.

Late into the trial, blood possibly belonging to Stevie was then found on Damien’s necklace. The necklace also had blood from Damien on it as well.

http://youtu.be/NKnGYZfuBBQ

This seems telling, that there’s possible blood on Echols from a boy Jessie says he attacked.

Jessie also got it correct that there was some injuries behind the ears on the boys.

Peretti: Okay. State’s exhibit 64A is showing some abrasions, contusion or brusing behind the ear and some scattered abrasions that were under the scalp on the left side here. The slight discoloration here is the bruising behind the ear and you can see this little area here, this discoloration here–abrasion or scrape behind the ear.

Now here’s Jessie’s statement.

MISSKELLEY: He grabbed one of’m by the ear, I don’t know which one, he grabbed on of’m by the ear trying to pull his ear off or something. He grabbed’m pretty tight. It turned kind of red.

The boys were also likely sexually assaulted, which Jessie mentions as well.

Davis: And Doctor, did you make any findings regarding the examination of the anal area regarding dilation?

Peretti: Yes, there was anal dilatation.

Davis: Okay. And that means a loosening or slackening of the muscles surrounding the anal area?

Peretti: That’s correct.

Davis: And was there also the purple–or is there some abrasions in the-on the buttocks in that photograph?

Peretti: You can see some abrasions and scrapes in the post-mortem lividity. This red discoloration here is the post-mortem lividity or the settling of the blood–of the blood vessels after death. State’s exhibit 69A is a photograph of the anal orifice. Here we can see abrasions, some focal areas of contusion in the lividity. State’s exhibits 72A and 73A show the front and back of the hands showing the–a few abrasions, but what I’m trying to point out here is the washer-woman, the wrinkling of the hands showing that the bodies have been in water. That’s the wrinkling.

Davis Now Doctor, and you may need to refer to your report, I’m not sure it’s clearly shown in the photographs, did you also find on the hands some defense-what are referred to in your report as defense-type wounds? Think I’m referring to page…

Peretti: .Pg. 5. Yes, on the right thenar eminence, this part of the anatomy here, I found some cuts, a one inch cut. There are also some some very small lacerations measured about 1/8 of an inch each. On the back of the left hand, there was a 3/4 inch scratch and a 1/16 inch abrasion was present on the left thumb.

Davis: Now, when you characterize these as defense-type wounds what–what do you mean by that?

Peretti: Well, it’s type of injuries that we normally see when people are trying to defend themselves.

Davis: And do you normally see those injuries to the hand as what you described here?

Peretti: Well, you see them to the hands, you can see them to the forearms, also the legs, also the feet, dependent on the situation

Davis: Okay. And the washer-woman wrinkling that you referred to to the hands. What does that indicate?

Peretti: Well, this indicates that the bodies were in water and there is evidence of submersion.

Davis: Doctor, if you could refer to the next photograph and explain your findings.

Peretti: Okay, the next photographs are State’s exhibit 65A and 66A show the mucosal surface of the inner aspects of the lips, the upper lip and the lower lip respectively, and also the nose. Here on the nose, we can see some abrasions or scrapes. Here on the upper lip, we can see some cuts surrounded by contusion and edema or swelling. That’s 65A.

Davis: Doctor, does that also reflect some–what you refer to as punctate scratches of the nose?

Peretti: Yes, sir.

Davis: What, what are those?

Peretti: Very–they were enumerable, very small scratches or abrasions situated on the entire nose. State’s exhibit 66A is also showing the nose where you can see the abrasions or scrapes and the lower lip where you can see the bruising, that dark discoloration in the photograph is the bruise.

Davis: Doctor, in your experience as a medical examiner when you see injuries to the ears and injuries to the inside surface of the mouth, what does that indicate to you in a person that’s eight years old and has died this type of death?

Peretti: Well, there’s a number of possibilities but commonly when we see the ears contused on both sides or bruised with all lying fine linear scratches…

Stidham: Your Honor, I’m going to object. May I approach the bench?

The Court: [unintelligible] Well, rephrase your question. I think that is probably overbroad.

Davis: Doctor, let me ask you, have you seen–in your past experenience as a medical examiner, have you seen similar injuries to the ears of children?

Peretti: Yes, I have.

Davis: Okay. And in those cases were they frequently also accompanied by injuries to the child’s mouth?

Peretti: Yes, they were.

Davis: Okay. And based on your past experience and expertise and training, do those type injuries indicate to you, based on your expertise and training, a particular type trauma that has occurred to cause those injuries?

Peretti: Well, my practice these type injuries I have seen in children that are held by the ears who are forced to perform oral sex. They can also be due to putting a hand over the mouth to cause the injuries to the mucosal surface of the lips or they could be by grabbing someone by the ear.and just pulling.

Davis: And there were injuries consistent with that found in your autopsy on Michael Moore, is that correct?

Peretti: Yes, that’s correct.

Davis: Okay. Now, Doctor, your report at the end has what are called a list–a list of pathologic diagnoses. Is that kind of a general run-down of what you found in your autopsy?

Peretti: Yes, it is a summary of the anatomical findings.

Now here’s Jessie.

M-I did not pay any attention to them, I just keep on hitting that one.

B-Okay and was that the boy that had the boy scout uniform on?

M-Yea

B-Now, what did Jas, what did you see Jason and Damien do to the other two?

M-Well, Damien was going to screw one of them.

B-When you say he was going to screw him what did you see him do?

M-He was going to stick his penis in that little boys behind but as far as I could see he didn‘t.

B-When you say he was going to what did you see Damien do and what happened between him and that little boy as far as that goes?

M-I do not understand

B-You said that he was going to screw the little boy or stick his penis in his behind, what did you see Damien do?

M-He did not do it, he was going to it then he didn‘t.

B-What was it that Damien did that made you think that he was going to do that?

M-Well, I seen the boys pants down.

B-How did his pants get down?

M-He pulled them.

B-Who pulled them?

M-Damien

B-And did the, was the boy running when that happened or was he trying to get away or what was happening?

M-He was kicking his feet.

B-And what else did Damien do besides pull his pants down, the little boys pants down, that made you think that he was going to screw him?

M-What do you mean?

B-What did you see, you said that Damien pulled his pants, the little boys pants down did you see Damien do anything else that indicated that he was going to screw him?

M-No

B-Did Damien have his clothes on or did he at that point?

M-He had his pants unbuttoned.

Here’s some of what he told his lawyer concerning this.

STIDHAM: Did you see Damien or Jason actually stick their penis in one of the little boys‘ butts?

MISSKELLEY: Going to it. I don’t know if they stuck it in all the way or what, but I seen them, you know, as far as I couldn’t see no more.

STIDHAM: Did Damien ever get his penis inside the little boy?

MISSKELLEY: I couldn’t say.

STIDHAM: You just don’t know?

MISSKELLEY: I just don’t know, period.

Jessie also described this.

STIDHAM: What did Jason do with him after he took his clothes off?

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MISSKELLEY: He laid them down beside him. Beside the boy.

STIDHAM: Laid his clothes beside the boy?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affitmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Then what happened?

MISSKELLEY: To my knowledge, what I seen. It was hitting.

STIDHAM: Hitting the boy?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affitmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: And then what happened?

MISSKELLEY: He stuck his finger up the boy’s butt.

STIDHAM: Up the Moore boy’s butt, the Cub Scout?

MISSKELLEY: I guess that’s him.

STIDHAM: Then what happened?

MISSKELLEY: That’s about it. The boy was unconscious.

There was also mention of injuries to the mouths of the victims.

Davis: Doctor, in your experience as a medical examiner when you see injuries to the ears and injuries to the inside surface of the mouth, what does that indicate to you in a person that’s eight years old and has died this type of death?

Peretti: Well, there’s a number of possibilities but commonly when we see the ears contused on both sides or bruised with all lying fine linear scratches…

Stidham: Your Honor, I’m going to object. May I approach the bench?

The Court: [unintelligible] Well, rephrase your question. I think that is probably overbroad.

Davis: Doctor, let me ask you, have you seen–in your past experenience as a medical examiner, have you seen similar injuries to the ears of children?

Peretti: Yes, I have.

Davis: Okay. And in those cases were they frequently also accompanied by injuries to the child’s mouth?

Peretti: Yes, they were.

Davis: Okay. And based on your past experience and expertise and training, do those type injuries indicate to you, based on your expertise and training, a particular type trauma that has occurred to cause those injuries?

Peretti: Well, my practice these type injuries I have seen in children that are held by the ears who are forced to perform oral sex. They can also be due to putting a hand over the mouth to cause the injuries to the mucosal surface of the lips or they could be by grabbing someone by the ear.and just pulling.

Jessie not only described oral sex but stated that they put shirts in the mouths of the victims, which could account for their injuries.

STIDHAM: Tell me about that. Tell me what happened. You seen it, right?

MISSKELLEY: Right, Jason got on top of him and started hitting on him. That little boy was squirming, and then Jason stuck the – I’m going to say he stuck his hand over- you know a shirt and then covered his hand over his mouth over the shirt, and he just started kept on hitting him and that boy didn’t move no more,

He’d consistently mention the shirts being stuffed in the victims’ mouths in his confession statements.

Jessie also described in detail one of the sticks used to commit the crime.

STIDHAM: Was he carrying a stick?

MISSKELLEY: He carried a stick.

STIDHAM: That day?

MISSKELLEY: Yes.

STIDHAM: What kind of stick was it?

MISSKELLEY: Part of a tree.

STIDHAM: Was it a long limb or a big Stick, like a long and skinny, or big and fat? Or –

MISSKELLEY: It was – I would say it was long.

STIDHAM: Was it any of those sticks that they introduced into your trial the other day?

MISSKELLEY: Yeah.

STIDHAM: Which one was it?

MISSKELLEY: That one that you was holding up and that had the bark off of it.

STIDHAM: Had someone carved it?

MISSKELLEY: Yes.

STIDHAM: Long and skinny?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: That was the one Damien was carrying that day?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Where did he pick it up at?

MISSKELLEY: He carried it with him. From Lakeshore.

The one Jessie describes is the one on the far right.

http://callahan.8k.com/images/pics/sticks.jpg

Aside from this Jessie would describe the fact that the victims had their pants pulled off of them inside out, and were not unbuttoned, which was true.

STIDHAM: Then what happened?

MISSKELLEY: Then they took off their uh, their pants – Jason – Damien and them took off them little boys pants.

STIDHAM: How did they take them off?

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MISSKELLEY: Pulled them. Just pulled them completely off. They (Pause – knock on door).

STIDHAM: Hold on just a second. Okay.

MISSKELLEY: They didn’t unsnap them or nothing. They just jerked.

STIDHAM: Pulled them from the legs? By their feet and pulled the legs off – the pants? Or did they –

MISSKELLEY: They was inside out. They pulled them from the top, just – just jerked them off.

STIDHAM: You sure?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Who did that?

MISSKELLEY: Damien.

Here’s what was stated about the clothing when they were discovered in the police report.

Sgt. Allen – Recovered a Partial Shoe print.
West Side of Bank where #2 – Body Was located.
Near #1 Body – 3 – pair of Jeans were located.
[the word “Boy” is crossed out] Cub Scout – Blue / Yellow
Cap Located.
also three pairs of tennis Shoes located by #1 Body.

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Left Shoe – Tennis (CUGA – Shoe) – Black / Purple Shoe /
Black lace is still there.
Rest of the tennis Shoes located do not have shoe strings in
them.
Cub Scouts of america Shirt Located in Creek Close to Body
#1
– 1 Pair of Jeans found is a Rustler Brand – 7 – Slim Turned
inside Out.
Cub Scout Shirt – Size 8
1-Pair of Nientendo Super Mario Underwear – Located Size 6
Located Close to Body #1
1 – Under Shirt – Blk / White – White designs – turned
inside out
Located Close to #1 Body
1 – Size 8 – Coast Highway Brand – Stripped Shirt –
Surfboard design – turned inside out.
Located Close to Body #1

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/csn.html

A photo of one of the pants, which was found just as Jessie described it.

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It was inside out, and still buttoned and zipped up.

Jessie also would describe what the victims’ bikes looked like.

STIDHAM: How many bikes were there?

MISSKELLEY: Two.

STIDHAM: What color were they?

MISSKELLEY: Red – and uh, – a light color, white color, greenish color, somewhere in there –

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STIDHAM: Greenish? Or white?

MISSKELLEY: I’m going to say greenish. It was real light.

STIDHAM: So –

MISSKELLEY: It wasn’t a boy’s bike.

STIDHAM: Wasn’t?

MISSKELLEY: No.

Indeed the one bike was a girls bike, just as Jessie stated.

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Jessie would also state that the boys were unconscious when they were tied up, which was again also true. Another coincidense?

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: So, what else, what else left is there, after that?
*A129 MISSKELLEY: Then they laid the knife down beside them and I saw them tying them up and then that’s when I left.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Were the boys conscience (sic) or were they
*A130 MISSKELLEY: They were unconscious then
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Unconscious

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown would state that it was her belief that Michael Moore was already unconscious when he was tied up, because there was no evidence that he struggled or pulled at his ligitures.

Jessie’s also consistent about injuries to Michael’s head and face.

MISSKELLEY: No, I didn’t – until Damien told me, “Get him.” And then that’s when I went back after him and got him. Then I brought him back and that’s when –

STIDHAM: What was the boy wearing that you went and got and brought back?

MISSKELLEY: Uh – to my knowledge, I’m going to say, the one – I don’t know their names, you know, to my knowledge, the one that was wearing, uh, like a boy scout uniform. I don’t know, you know, that’s to my knowledge. That’s what one of them was wearing, I don’t know which boy.

STIDHAM: Damien told you to go get him and bring him back?

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MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh, (Affirmatively indicating) after I done hit him first.

STIDHAM: Where did you hit him at?

MISSKELLEY: Where did I hit him at? The head.

STIDHAM: And was anybody cut or bleeding at that point?

MISSKELLEY: No. I was – I was too drunk I couldn’t hardly do nothing.

STIDHAM: You sure?

MISSKELLEY: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating) I – when I drink I can’t hit hard or anything.

STIDHAM: Damien told you to get the Moore boy and bring him back, and you did that?

MISSKELLEY: He – he said – go get him. So I brought him back and just started hitting him some more.

STIDHAM: Was you holding the Moore boy while this was going on?

MISSKELLEY: No.

STIDHAM: What happened to him?

MISSKELLEY: Well, he – he – he was knocked out.

STIDHAM: Who knocked him out?

MISSKELLEY: I did, I was hitting him. Just hitting him, steady hitting him.

STIDHAM: Did he fall down and not get up?

MISSKELLEY: He just fell down and didn’t get up. I just – I knew he wasn’t dead, cause I, you know I went over there and touched him and he was still breathing.

During his original confession he’d try to insist that he was just a witness to the crime, and that he only helped in the murders, while his friends actually committed them. He’d even admit to his involvement with his lawyer.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jm_stidham_8_19_93.html

Notice the date at the beginning of the confession.

DAN STIDHAM: Today’s date is August 19, 1993. Myself, Dan Stidham, at the Clay County Detention Center in Piggot, Arkansas, and in the room with me is Jessie Misskelley, Jr. Approximate time is 11:00 a.m.

That’s months after his original confession. If Jessie was innocent, he should have recanted, but instead months later he’s still insisting that he was involved. His lawyer even talks to him about taking a plea deal, which Jessie agrees to.

JESSIE: I – I – I don’t want to do too much time. You know, I don’t want to be lying to an attorney.

STIDHAM: Well.

JESSIE: You know I understand how, about what you’re saying.

STIDHAM: Do you understand that this is a very, very serious situation? There’s those little boys here are dead, one of which was mutilated, and that a jury is going to take that very serious, do you understand that?

JESSIE: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Do you also understand that if the prosecutor makes a recommendation of a certain number of years, that it’s probably going to be a lot of years, it’s not going to be five, ten years, it’s probably going to be more like forty.

JESSIE: Yeah, I understand.

STIDHAM: Now, if you got a 40-year sentence, you wouldn’t serve 40 years, you would serve probably half – 20 years. You’re 18 now and in 20 years you’ll be 38, but at least you’ll be getting out someday. Cause the chance even on a 40 year sentence that you may only serve l0 years. But if you go down there, keep your nose clean and don’t get into any trouble you can get out. See, we’re not talking about just going for a week or two or a month or two or a year or two, we’re talking about a lot of years here, Jessie, and, you know, if the prosecutor comes back and says uh – I don’t know that he will, he may not make another offer – he said life in prison was his best offer, take it or leave it. Uh, but if he comes back and says it’ll be 40 years, or 50 years, would you be willing to consider that?

JESSIE: I don’t want to spend, you know, almost all my life in jail. You know, in prison.

STIDHAM: I don’t want you to either. You know, on a 40 year sentence you might serve 12 years, 15 years, uh, you know that’s a long time, but at least you’re going to get out. If it goes the other way and that jury, I’m telling you Jessie, that jury may…(end of tape.)

STIDHAM: Jessie, the tape ran out. It’s now 11:37. The tape ran out and the last part of our conversation didn’t get recorded. We had talked about we think the prosecutor has made this offer of life without – life with the chance of getting parole, and let me plead first degree murder. You indicated to me that you wouldn’t be willing to consider that – somewhere in the regular 50-year sentence knowing that you would have to serve all of that, of course, is that correct?

JESSIE: Yes.

STIDHAM: So, when you say 25 or 20 or 25 years, that’d be the equivalent of a 40 or 50 year sentence. You understand that, right. Under the current guidelines, under a
Class Y felony you’d have to serve half of your sentence before you’re eligible for parole. So, on a 30 years sentence you’re looking at 15 years, on a 40-year sentence you’re looking at 20 years, and on a 50-year sentence you’re looking at 25. Do you understand that?

JESSIE: (inaudible)

STIDHAM: So, what you’re saying then is that you want me to tell the prosecutor you’re not interested in the life sentence, but you would be interested in a number of years sentence, and you would be willing to consider somewhere around 40 to 50 years? That’s what you’re saying?

JESSIE: Right.

STIDHAM: Okay. So that – that’s what I’m going to do then, is I’m going to tell the prosecutor that we’re not interested in his offer, and, uh, we’ll go from there. Okay? I’m going to talk to your dad, and I’m going to get him back up to talk to you and the three of us will sit down and talk about this, and, because if we don’t get a deal made we’re going to have to start getting ready for trial. You’re doing real good. You’re not talking to anybody and you haven’t been talking to anybody in here have you? About the case? Don’t do it, it’s just, you need to maintain your silence, don’t talk to anybody about the case but me and Mr. Crow, and right now, under the circumstances, things seem to be going pretty well. The confession is what’s hurting us right now. And we’ll get back with the prosecutor and talk to him and when I hear from him back I’ll get your dad up here and the three of us will sit down and talk about it some more, okay?

JESSIE: All right.

STIDHAM: Okay. Well, it’s 11:40, on August 19, 1993. And I conclude this tape now. Oh. One more question. If you seen a picture of this stick that you said Damien carried around, would you recognize it?

JESSIE: Uh-huh. (Affirmatively indicating)

STIDHAM: Okay. All right, uh, I’ll be back in touch with you in a few days.

At trial the prosecution would state the following concerning Jessie’s confession.

“Well, ultimately, the defendant admitted to the officers that he was present when this occurred and at that point, the officers began to tape record the entire statement and at that point, of course, you will, you’ll hear everything that the defendant said after that point, uhh, related to this case.

Now, the defendant, through his jury selection process, has asked you questions about false confessions and that kind of thing. Well, we expect the proof’s going to show that this defendant confessed, that he was not coerced, uhh, the, we do not contend that the proof’s going to show that every word that came out of his mouth was the truth. Uh, we expect the proof’s going to show that at times he was confused, at times he was trying to lessen his own involvement, and tell you that he was less involved than he really was.

But after you hear the tape recording of his confession, after you consider the other evidence that corroborates the things that he said in his confession, and after you consider the fact that this defendant told the officers that one of the boys had been cut in the face, and only one of them, that one of the boys had been cut in the genital area, after you consider that and the fact that that was not public knowledge, that was information that was only within the police department, I expect that you are going to find that this statement this defendant gave was his statement about what he saw, I think you’ll find that he lessened his own involvement, and I submit ladies and gentlemen, that the proof is going to show that this defendant was an accomplice to Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin in the commission of these horrifying murders, and I submit that at the appropriate time, after all of the evidence is in, after all of the witnesses have testified, after all of the exhibits are in, after Judge Burnett has instructed you as to the law in this case, that we will come back before you and we will ask you to return your verdict of guilty on three counts of capital murder. Thank you.”

All through the trial Jessie would also keep his head down, as if he was guilty.

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Then after being convicted he’d be escorted to a police car where he’d admit guilt while being transported.

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To: Inspector Gitchell
West Memphis Police Department

From: Clay County Sheriffs Department

The following statement is a narrative as told to Deputy James Lindsey and myself. This statement is not in chronological order as it was given by Jessie but has been put in order to the best of our ability with knowledge of your case. Your department may have knowledge of this in its entirety, if not, mabey it will provide a little insight as to what took place on May 5th 1993.

Jail Incident Report

On the afternoon of Feb. 4th 1994, Deputy James Lindsey and myself were transporting Jessie Miskelley to the Arkansas Department of Corrections at Pine Bluff. Jessie was asked if there was anything he wanted to say and after being assured we could not use anything he said against him in court, he chose to talk.

Jessie advised he had received a call from Jason Baldwin asking him if he wanted to go to West Memphis to “get some girls.” Jessie, Damion, and Jason met on a local road on May 5th (sometime that evening). Jessie claimed that he had been drinking Evelyn Williams whiskey that Mrs. Hutchson had bought him and Jason and Damion were drinking beer. It was also stated that they had smoked two marijuana joints that afternoon. Jessie said that he had known Jason Baldwin since the 6th Grade and did not know Damion that well but that Damion would drink human blood remembering a time when Jason was bleeding and Damion took some of the blood with his finger and licked it off. Jessie stated that Officer Callahan had lied in Court about not seeing him on May 5th, Jessie claims they had a short conversation. After all meeting on the road, the three boys walked to the woods and were sitting in the water with Jason and Damion “going under,” Jessie said he could not go under because of his ear problem.

The three young boys were seen from a distance when Damion told Jessie and Jason to hide. Jessie said they were hiding behind bushes when Damion grabbed Michael Moore. The two other young boys started hitting Damion trying to help their friend and that is when Jessie and Jason jumped out and helped Damion “beat them.” Jessie advised he helped hold them and beat them but had no part in raping or killing them.

Jessie advised two of the boys were raped from behind before and after they were tied up and that Damion and Jason were taking turns with the two boys. Jessie said the boys were still alive at this time.

Jessie said the boys were kept quiet by putting hands over their mouths and that Jason and Damion had used “shirts” and that times their face was pushed down into the ground.

Jessie was asked how the boys were kept under control while being raped and not tied yet and he stated “They were like puppies, when you whoop a puppy and tell it to stay, it will.” Jessie did say he had to catch Michael Moore but did not say at what point.

Jessie claims that the third boy was never raped but that he may have been the one that Damion took his penis and put it in his mouth (the young boys penis). Jessie said at one point Damion and Jason had one of the boys in a headlock with one he believed had his penis in the boys mouth while the other one had him from behind. Jessie said he did not mention the “ears” to the police, only a headlock. Jessie also mentioned that “sticks” had been used to beat the boys.

At one point, Jessie said that Jason had a “bucktype locking knife” and “cut it all off and threw it in the weeds” saying the boy was alive and tied at this point and that he was surprised blood did not get on him because blood went everywhere and he was about a “car length” away. Jessie said “they” threw him into the water and “he was still squriming around in the water” at which point he left. Jessie said he does not know what happened to the knife. Jessie said he believed the other two boys were not conscious when he left but were not in the water.

Jessie also stated that Jason called him “later” and asked him why he left and he told them he could not watch it any longer. He claims the only other contact with Jason and Damion were a couple of times at the skating rink but they were mad at him.

OTHER INFORMATION
Jessie claims his lawyers asked him if he was innocent and that he had lied to them.

Jessie said the boys had a clubhouse and that’s why he thinks they were in the area.

When talking about the “meetings” they had, Jessie could remember about nine people showing up and at one particular meeting “Kent” was to bring a dog “as his treat,” the dog was taken away in the woods where it was killed and skinned. The dog was brought back and cooked in something that looked like Crisco in a “washing machine type bucket.” Jessie said he eat a little one time and got sick. “Kent” was to catch the dog at the trailer park and Jessie believed they had killed about four dogs altogether. Jessie said Jason and Damion would both have sex with Dominique at these meetings.

Jessie said he lied about the time and the rope to “trick the police and to see if they were lying.”

Jessie says he feels the other boys tricked him into what he did.

Jessie claims he has felt sorry for what has happened and talks as if he wants to testify against the other boys so they will not go free and to help himself.

Jessie did say the photograph showed to him was a group picture of the boys “riding” their bycycles in front of a house.

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Jessie’s own father would even make a statement saying his son might have seen what happened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRtEdkoun1s

After the trial, Jessie then confessed to a cellmate.
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October 24, 94

Mr. Brent Davis,
I am forwarding this letter to your office simply because you were the only prosecuting attorney that I was able to get the address of. After reading this, I hope you will bring it to the attention of the appropiate persons.
I may have some useful information for the prosecution in the upcoming appeal of Jessie Misskelley. Who, as you may know is one of three defendants accused of murdering the three young boys in West Memphis.
I have known Misskelley since June 9th, 1994. We are currently housed together in the A.D.C. Diagnostic Unit, Special Programs Unit.
At several different occasions, Misskelley and I have talked extensively about many facts of the case. Among them, Misskelley told me that they, the defendants, cut the testicales of one of the children off. That Jason Baldwin, one of the defendants, had sex with one of the children after he had been killed. And that Damien Echols, one of the defendants, said a prayer before they threw the boys in a ditch.
Misskelley, also told me that they, the defendants, left a night gown at the scene so that it would look like women had committed the crime. He says now that he is trying to blame the parents of one of the children.
Misskelley also told me that his confession is the only evidence that the prosecution has. And that he and his attorney are trying to have that dismissed.
I once asked Misskelley what were the names of the three boys. He laughed for some time, and then said he could only remember one of them.
Mr. Davis, please do everything in your power to keep Misskelley behind bars for the rest of his life. He is a very cold, morbid person.
I thank you for your time
Michael Johnson

Jessie would then again confess to his lawyer, giving this statement.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jm_2_8_94_statement.html

He’d provide the broken Evan Williams bottle from the night of the murder there.

He’d then confess yet again, giving even more details to the crime.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jmfeb.html

His attorney Dan Stidham would even plead with him not to make this statement with prosecutors, claiming that he had new evidence that proved he was innocent. Jessie would also acknowledge that he wasn’t getting anything in return for his statement, and that he wasn’t mistreated in any way.

STIDHAM: Before you get started with that I would like to make a reference in regard to what I have and have not advised Mr. Misskelley of tonight.

DAVIS: You might need to speak up.

STIDHAM: Ok. Jessie can you hear me.

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I can hear you.

STIDHAM: I want you to listen very carefully to what I’ve got to tell you, ok. I told you earlier that I have some new evidence, is that correct ?

MISSKELLEY: That’s what you said.

STIDHAM: And I told you that this new evidence may ..ah.. that I plan on filing a motion for a new trial and that the Court could possibly grant you a new trial based on this evidence.

MISSKELLEY: That’s what you said.

STIDHAM: Ok, I also told you that giving a statement was against my advise and wishes.

MISSKELLEY: That’s what you said.

STIDHAM: Ok. I am advising you that I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to give this statement. Do you understand that ?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I do.

STIDHAM: OK. Do you understand that Mr. Crow is giving you the same advise ?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I do.

STIDHAM: You need to speak up a little louder Jessie.

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I do.

_________: One second, I may have to fix this.

STIDHAM: So you understand that my advise to you is that you not say anything. Do you understand that?

MISSKELLEY: Yes.

STIDHAM: And your 18 years old and you understand that I’ve asked for a Mental Evaluation.

MISSKELLEY: I don’t know if you did or not.

STIDHAM: I asked the Court if I could have an oppurtunity to get you the Psychiatric help that you askef for when I was down in Pine Bluff on Tuesday. Do you remember asking for that?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I do.

STIDHAM; You asked me to get you a Psychiatrist?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I said I need help.

STIDHAM: And that’s why I asked the Judge for the opportunity to get you that evaluation before you make any statement. Do you understand that ?

MISSKELLEY: Yes.

STIDHAM: And you also understand that again it’s my advise that you not talk or give any kind of statement here tonight ..ah.. until we have a chance to file a motion for a new trial and get your Psychiatric Evaluations complete. Do you understand that ?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I do.

STIDHAM: And it is your decision to go ahead and make this statement anyway ?

MISSKELLEY: Yes.

STIDHAM: You still want to give a statement despite my advise and counsel?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, cause I want something done about it.

STIDHAM: Ok. So ..um.. is there any part of what I just told you that you don’t understand ?

MISSKELLEY: No.

STIDHAM: You understand everything?

MISSKELLEY: Yes.

STIDHAM: And you want to make my statement regardless of my advise against doing so?

MISSKELLEY: Yep.

STIDHAM: Do you want to have an opportunity to talk to anyone else, father or anyone before you make a statement.

MISSKELLEY: I might need to talk to my father. But I’m not for sure.

STIDHAM: It’s your decision, your 18 years old.

MISSKELLEY: Yes, I am.

STIDHAM: Do you want to talk to your father or not ?

MISSKELLEY: No I can go ahead and do it.

STIDHAM: Do you realize that once you make this statement there is no turning back?

MISSKELLEY: I know there’s no turning back.

STIDHAM: Anything you want to add to that Greg.

CROW: Jessie. You realize that I don’t always agree with everything that Dan says but this time I agree with him. I don’t think you should say anything. Do you know that? Are you aware of the fact that I don’t think you should say anything ?

MISSKELLEY: Yea, I understand what your saying.

CROW: Ok, along as you understand that. But you want to anyway, is that right ?

MISSKELLEY: Right cause I want something done.

CROW: Ok.

CALVIN: Let me ask you a couple of questions before you get into it ..ah.. Jessie when you were brought here ..ah.. since you’ve been here with the Deputy Sheriff. I think you got here about 5:00, is that correct?

MISSKELLEY: Somewhere around 5:00.

CALVIN: Ok, now nobody has questioned you anything about what happened is that correct?

MISSKELLEY: Nope.

CALVIN: Ok, How have we treated you ?

MISSKELLEY: Nice.

CALVIN: Ok, has anybody been rude to you or anything ?

MISSKELLEY: No.

CALVIN: Now we got you a Cheeseburger Sandwich and I asked Mr. Crow on the telephone if that was alright and he said that was perfectly alright. And I went and purchased you a Cheeseburger, is that correct ?

MISSKELLEY: Yes, sir.

CALVIN: And you had a few, I think I gave you a couple of diet Cokes. I don’t know if you drank’m all but you drank those, is that correct?

MISSKELLEY: Yes

CALVIN: But you haven’t been promised anything for your testimony and you want to give it free and voluntarily.

MISSKELLEY: Yes.

CALVIN : And nobody’s mistreating you?

MISSKELLEY: Nope

CALVIN: Ok.

From the context of this, the only conclusion one can draw, is that Jessie Misskelley was involved in this crime, and was trying to down play how involved he really was.

While on the stand Gary Gitchell would testify to the following

“There’s always a time in a defendant’s statement – – that in Jessie’s case I feel like he did tell us a good bit of truth, but then they also lessen their activity in a statement. That’s just common, at least in my twenty years career.”

Now what actually happened out there that day? It’s hard to say 100%, due to Jessie’s deliberate deceptions in portions of his statements, but based on the facts, and what Jessie would choose to mention this is it.

The boys are some how lured into the woods. They often played there, but on this day, Damien, Jessie, and Jason were there as well. They arrived there with some alcohol, because this was a popular area for teens to drink and do drugs.

It was possible that Jessie had been aware that something was going to happen to the boys that day. You have to consider a few statements by Damien and Aaron Hutcheson.

First you have this statement by Damien.

DAMIEN STATED THAT HE FIGURED THAT THE KILLER KNEW THE KIDS WENT INTO THE WOODS AND EVEN ASKED THEM TO COME OUT TO THE WOODS. HE STATED THAT THE BOYS WERE NOT BIG, NOT SMART, AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN EASY TO CONTROL. HE ALSO FELT THE KILLER WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN WORRIED ABOUT THE BOYS SCREAMING DUE TO IT BEING IN THE WOODS AND CLOSE TO THE EXPRESSWAY. HE FURTHER STATED THAT THE KILLER PROBABLY WANTED TO HEAR THE SCREAMING.

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/dwe.html

So, Damien had told the police in his interview that he felt that the killer knew the boys, and had lured them out to the woods with a ruse. From his statement it was like he had sat down and thought about this long and hard. He even further mentions how good a location Robin Hood Hills was. That no one could hear the boys screaming in there because it was in the woods and because there was an expressway near by. From that it sounds like he’s saying that this location was chosen for a reason. He even mentions how easy it would be to control the children.
“HE STATED THAT THE BOYS WERE NOT BIG, NOT SMART, AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN EASY TO CONTROL.”
What’s interesting is that there was a connection between the boys and their killers. Aaron Hutcheson, was a friend of the victims, and his babysitter was Jessie Misskelley. Interesting right?
That’s correct Jessie had a connection to the boys.

In his confession in the back of a police car Jessie made this statement.

“Jessie said he lied about the time and the rope to “trick the police and to see if they were lying.”

Jessie says he feels the other boys tricked him into what he did.”

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/jmpc.html

Did you notice the part where he says that he feels that his friends tricked him? Tricked him into what? Killing? Helping them get their victims?

What gets even more interesting is there was a sighting of possibly a fourth child entering the woods with the boys that day.

“On 5-5-93 at approx. 6:30 P.M. Bryan got off work from Don’s Super Shine and was on his way to his mothers at 1823 Goodwin – went to Barton to Goodwin – turned on Goodwin by East Jr. High. At the dead end of Goodwin by N. 14th he observed 4 W/Ms – 1 was carrying a skate board and 2 bikes going into the dead end toward Robin Hood Hills. Just saw the backs of the boys but from the back one looked like Steven Branch because of the blond spiked hair. [After lunch with mom on 5/6,] he left and went to 14th + Barton and told John Mark Byers what he had seen. They asked if he would help them look – he went and got a 3 wheeler + helped search.”

http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/img/bwoody.html

The day of the murders, Aaron was supposed to come along with his friends, but his mother wouldn’t let him, but if 4 children were seen then possibly Aaron did try to tag along.

Aaron would give a statement suggesting that Jessie was the one who lured the boys out to the woods that day.

GITCHELL: OKAY, UM, YOU WANT TO START JUST START UP FROM THE BEGINNING AND TELL ME WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT OKAY? OKAY GO AHEAD JUST TELL ME FROM THE BEGINNING?

AARON: TUESDAY UM, JESSIE TOLD ME THAT UM, SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY FRIENDS

GITCHELL: OKAY, JESSIE TOLD YOU THAT?

AARON: UH-HUH (YES

GITCHELL: THAT’S UM, YOU KNOW JESSIE’S LAST NAME ?

AARON: MISSKELLEY

GITCHELL: OKAY, UM, DID HE TELL YOU WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN?

AARON: UH-UH (NO)

GITCHELL: DID YOU, DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OR DID YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN?

AARON: (inaudible)

GITCHELL: OKAY, UM, SO WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT HE TOLD YOU TUESDAY THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, SO TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT, DID YOU GO ANYWHERE OR JUST GO AHEAD AND TELL ME ABOUT IT TELL ME THE STORY

AARON: I UM, HE TOLD ME THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY FRIENDS / / / / / HE SAID WAS THAT, HE SAID ALRIGHT ABOUT AFTER THAT HE SAID UM, YOU GET YOUR FRIENDS AND I’LL GET MINE AND WE GO DOWN THERE AND DO SOMETHING

GITCHELL: OKAY, AND WHEN WAS YOU SUPPOSE TO MEET DOWN THERE?

AARON: ON WEDNESDAY

GITCHELL: WEDNESDAY, OKAY, NOW THE WEDNESDAY YOUR TALKING ABOUT IS THAT, IS THAT THE DAY BEFORE THAT THE POLICE FOUND YOUR FRIENDS

AARON: IT WAS THE DAY, THAT THEY GOT KILLED

GITCHELL: OKAY THE WEDNESDAY THE DAY THEY GOT KILLED OKAY, UM, SO DID YOU GO DOWN THERE? YOU DIDN’T GO TO ROBIN HOOD?

AARON: I DIDN’T GO BUT UM, MICHAEL, CHRIS, AND THEM THEY ASK MY MOM IF I COULD GO. AND MY MOM SAID NO, I GOT, I WENT HOME AND GOT ON MY BIKE AND WENT DOWN TO ROBIN HOOD

GITCHELL: OKAY, SO YOUR MOTHER PICKED YOU, YOUR MOTHER PICK YOU UP SCHOOL IS THAT RIGHT?

AARON: (inaudible)

GITCHELL: OKAY, AND SHE WOULDN’T LET YOU GO DOWN THERE, SO YOU WENT HOME WITH YOUR MOTHER, AND LIVE, AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE AT NOW?

AARON: HIGHLAND PARK

GITCHELL: SO, YOUR TELLING ME YOU GOT ON YOUR BICYCLE IS THAT RIGHT?

AARON: UH-HUH (YES)

GITCHELL: AND WHERE DID YOU GO TO?

AARON: ROBIN HOOD

GITCHELL: OKAY, UM, DID ANYONE GO WITH YOU TO ROBIN HOOD? OKAY, UM, DID YOU MEET ANYBODY WHEN YOU GOT TO ROBIN HOOD?

AARON: UH-UH (NO)

GITCHELL: WERE YOU THE FIRST ONE THERE?

AARON: NO, UM, IS JUST SEEN MICHAEL AND CHRIS THERE

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While most of what Aaron says should be taken with a grain of salt, there may be some factual information within his statements. Unfortunately his mother corrupted much of them by filling the boy’s head with false information.

When questioned about the murders the police played a tape recording of Aaron for Jessie to hear. They only played a small clip, and it had a frightful reaction with Jessie. He actually broke down crying afterword. Why? What is it about Aaron that would make him break down?

Why would the voice of a child he knew make him cry? Remember what Jessie said in the back of the cop car?

“Jessie says he feels the other boys tricked him into what he did.”

Jessie was also strangely insistent that Aaron wasn’t there.

JESSIE: Because, uh, Aaron always talked about, you know, that he knows everything about the killing and stuff, and Vicki always tells him to shut up cause he don’t know cause he wasn’t there.

STIDHAM: You know he wasn’t there?

JESSIE: Right.

STIDHAM: He told the police that he was there hiding in the trees and seen it all happen.

JESSIE: He – He lies a lot.

STIDHAM: Course he also said that you. . . .

JESSIE: Because Vickie, Vickie don’t let him go nowhere. He stays in that trailer park.

STIDHAM: There’s no way that he could have been there that day?

JESSIE: Nope.

For a guy who’s supporters clam is innocent he sure knows who was and wasn’t there.

Jessie had possibly been the one who told the boys to come out to the woods that day. He may have told Aaron to get his friends together, and these bigger kids would go and play with the little kids out in Robin Hood Hills. If that’s the case, then these murders would not have happened if Jessie hadn’t lured them out. It was the perfect place to murder three children just as Damien said. Especially if you wanted to hear your victims scream…

“HE ALSO FELT THE KILLER WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN WORRIED ABOUT THE BOYS SCREAMING DUE TO IT BEING IN THE WOODS AND CLOSE TO THE EXPRESSWAY.”

From that it sounds like they chose this location for a reason, and Damien confirms it…

“HE FURTHER STATED THAT THE KILLER PROBABLY WANTED TO HEAR THE SCREAMING.”

Jessie also made some odd statements to the police suggesting planning when they first questioned him. This is from the reports.

JESSIE JR. THEN STATED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED A CALL FROM JASON BALDWIN AND THAT HE A DAMIEN WERE TOGETHER BECAUSE HE HEARD DAMIEN IN THE BACK GROUND OF THE CONVERSATION. THE CALL WAS THAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO “IT” AND WHEN JESSIE STATED THAT HE HAD TO WORK DAMIEN HAD SPOKEN UP IN THE BACKGROUND SAYING THAT THEY GOING TO GET SOME GIRLS TOO AND THAT JESSIE NEEDED TO COME ALONG. JESSIE STATED THAT HE MADE AN EXCUSE THAT HE HAD TO WORK AND HUNG UP THE PHONE WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING ELSE. JESSIE STATED THAT LATER THAT NIGHT HE HAD RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM JASON STATING THAT THE HAD DONE IT. JESSIE STATED THAT HER HEARD DAMIEN IN THE BACK GROUND AND THAT DAMIEN HAD SAID “WE DID IT. WE DID IT. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IF SOMEBODY SAW US.” JESSIE STATED THAT HE THEN KNEW THAT DAMIEN AND JESSIE HAD KILLED THE BOYS THAT DAMIEN HAD BEEN STALKING.

So, the boys may have been lured into the woods by Jessie that day. He however claims it was Damien that lured them in his statements.

MISSKELLEY: All I know is I heard these little kids holler.

DAVIS: Ok. And what happened at that point?

MISSKELLEY: And Damien started making some noises to get their attention and they come over where we was at.

DAVIS: When you say he made noises to get their attention, what, waht’d he do?

MISSKELLEY: Holer a little bit.

DAVIS: Ok. And when they came over what happened?

MISSKELLEY: And then Ja, Damien jumped on’m. And them other two (2) started beating on Damien and me and Jason jumped on’m.

DAVIS: Do you know which was Damien jumped on?

MISSKELLEY: ..um.. one of’m had blond hair. I don’t know which one.

DAVIS: Ok. Which one’s were they, which two (2) was it that jumped on Damien when he jumped on the other one?

MISSKELLEY: I can’t, I can’t remember that.

DAVIS: What happened at that point? Damien jumps on one and the other two (2) jump on him, what happens next?

MISSKELLEY: Me and Jason jump out and grabbed’m.

DAVIS: Alright. Who did you grab?

MISSKELLEY: ..um.. the one that had a, a blue boyscout.

DAVIS: Ok. Who did Jason grab, which, what did that boy looked like that Jason grabbed?

MISSKELLEY: I can’t remember. I remember the one I grabbed.

DAVIS: Ok. What was that boy wearing.

MISSKELLEY: I can’t remember, I was too messed up to remember that.

DAVIS: You said something about a blue or about a boyscout something. Was one of’m wearing a uniform?

MISSKELLEY: Something with the boyscouts on it.

DAVIS: Ok. Now when you grabbed one and Jason grabbed one what happened next?

MISSKELLEY: We started hitting’m.

DAVIS: With what ?

MISSKELLEY: Fist at first.

DAVIS: Ok. Where describe to me what Ja, what you saw Jason do?

MISSKELLEY: He first he cut one of’m on a face on his left side just a little bit like a scratch. Then ..ah.. he went to the other one and got on top of him, started hitting him and then pull one of’m pants down and get on top of’m and cut’m.

So, they possibly lured the boys in some how. Either Jessie or Damien, then they jumped the boys, beat them, and cut Stevie on the face with a knife scratching him. They beat the boys with fists and sticks, knocking them out. They also raped them.

They also bound the victims at some point after the initial sexual assaults, and then possibly continued raping them.

After awhile they’d even go back and mutilate Stevie.

MISSKELLEY: Then he went ever there towards – with Damien – that’s before that boy get his face cut. Then he went over there with Damien and cut that boy’s face on the left side.

STIDHAM: You told me before that that happened before?

MISSKELLEY: I mean, after – he didn’t cut him – he, you know, scratched him, then he went back. And then sliced him. I’m going to say slice.

Jessie would claim that Damien even drank blood from Stevie’s wounds.

They’d also go and mutilate Chris Byers, cutting off his genitals. In the Michael Carson statement, Baldwin allegedly confessed while in jail to having taken the genitals and sucking blood out of them. They even played with the severed testicles.

This is from Carson’s courtroom testimony.

A: He told me how he dismembered the kids, or I don’t exactly how many kids. He just said he dismembered them. He sucked the blood from the penis and scrotum and put the balls in his mouth.

Q: What was his demeanor when he made that statement? Was he laughing? Was he crying? Describe it for us.

A: He acted pretty serious about it.

Here’s also an interview with Carson.

BEALL: Okay. Tell me, what kind of gory details did he get into?
MICHAEL: He was saying like, okay, dismembered them, and sucking the blood out of their scrotums and playing with there balls in his mouth and stuff like that.
BEALL: Okay, did he say how many of the, how many balls, or, scrotums, or huh, whatever, penis’s that they played with?
MICHAEL: No.
BEALL: Tell me what else he told you.
MICHAEL: I, it’s been awhile, so all I pretty much remember is scrotums, playing with the penis, and putting their, kids balls in his mouth.
BEALL: Okay.
MICHAEL: When he mentioned that, that was pretty much the end of it. I laid my hands on the table and I jumped back and I left him sitting at the table, left him with the cards, and I went to my cell.
BEALL: Okay, did he mention anything about, huh, about the other two, Damien, or Misskelly, or anything along that line?
MICHAEL: No, he said, the thing he said really about Misskelly is that he was going to kick his ass when he got out.

Jessie would tell his cellmate Michael Johnson that Baldwin had raped Chris after the boy was already dead. They then dragged the bodies to the ditch and tossed them in. Jessie then left the scene and got sick while running home.

DETECTIVE RIDGE: You say that you got sick, from what you were seeing, did you throw up or anything?
*A212 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: Where did you throw up at?
*A213 MISSKELLEY: I got a little bit ways out there. I took Seven up and then about a half a mile up the road, is when I threw up, and I had to quit running and (unintelligible) I threw up.
DETECTIVE RIDGE: When you left from there, did you leave running?
*A214 MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.

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Jason and Damien then crossed the pipe bridge and grabbed the bikes, tossing them in the water. They then headed back towards Jason’s place, and were spotted by witnesses while leaving. They then called Jessie up and asked him about why he left, and wondered if anyone saw them.

In the days following Jessie would even show remorse for his actions, despite that him and his friends may have planned this killing.

This here’s a quote from the book “Sexual homicide: Patterns and Motives by Robert Ressler, Ann W. Burgess, and John Douglas.

“Killing the victim moves the murderer to the reality of the murder. The victim may not die as in the fantasy or in the way the offender planned. He may have to use more violence, he may feel more frightened than he anticipated, or he may be startled by the fact that he feels excited. Some Murderers are exhilarated — they broke the rules, they killed. This feeling will induce some to kill again, while others will, in horror over what they have done, turn themselves in to the police.”

Jessie became scared, and as a result confessed. While Jessie was fearful and regretted what he did, his buddies were damn proud, and Damien would even make this admission in this court transcript.

22 Q. Question number 11, “How do you think the person
23 feels that did this?” The answer was, “Probably makes
24 them feel good, gives them power.” Now, I guess
25 Officer Ridge said that, too?
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1 A. No, I used common sense on that. If someone was
2 doing it, then they must have wanted to. And if they
3 were doing something they wanted to, it must have made
4 them happy. I don’t think they were doing it because
5 someone forced them to or because they didn’t want to.
6 Q. So in your mind the person that killed these three
7 kids, it is common sense that killing three
8 eight-year-olds would make you feel good?
9 A. Whoever did it, it must have.
10 Q. Okay. And it gives them power. That’s also
11 another common sense perspective from you?
12 A. Pretty much.
13 Q. Now, when you say, “gives them power,” is that
14 based on what you have read in these books?
15 A. No, it had nothing to do with that, just the crime
16 itself.
17 Q. Killing three eight-year-olds gives you power. I
18 don’t understand that. Explain that to me.
19 A. They probably thought, well, that they were like
20 overcoming other humans or something.

In ending this post consider again the words from Jessie’s cellmate.

I once asked Misskelley what were the names of the three boys. He laughed for some time, and then said he could only remember one of them.
Mr. Davis, please do everything in your power to keep Misskelley behind bars for the rest of his life. He is a very cold, morbid person.