Lee Rush and Jessie’s Crying Fits

(Lee Rush during an interview in the documentary Paradise Lost.)

On the early hours of June 4th, shortly after police arrested Jessie Misskelley Jr., three officers enforcing a search warrant of Jessie’s trailer, sat down and talked with Jessie Misskelley Sr., and his live in girlfriend, Lee Rush while they waited for crime scene investigators to arrive.

During the course of talking with the officers, Rush stated, “I knew that something was wrong, a few nights ago little Jessie was in his room crying so loud and sobbing so hard that it woke me up, I went in and asked him what was wrong? His reply was that his girl friend was moving to Florida.”

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A few moments later, Rush again repeated her statements, saying Jessie had recently over the course of several nights had mysterious crying fits and waking nightmares. And every time she walked into Jessie Jr.’s room and asked him what was wrong, he repeated that he was upset over how his girlfriend Susie Brewer might move away to Florida.

“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.”

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Immediately during an interview for the documentary Paradise Lost, while being filmed sitting in the living room of their trailer, Jessie Misskelley Sr. and his girlfriend, Lee Rush openly argued about Jessie’s guilt, as Rush repeatedly seems to question Jessie’s innocence.

Lee Rush: “We don’t know what the truth is, but when it really gets down to brass tax. His daddy and I are gonna look him square in the eyes and say ‘son did you do this? D-were you even there?’ That’s when we will believe.”

Jessie Sr.: “Well, if he told me he did it, which I don’t believe he did, but if he told me he did it, he’d have to do his time. Suffer the consequences.”

Lee Rush: “If he admits to this he would be strictly on his own, we wouldn’t even send him a dollar for a pack of cigarettes.”

Jessie Sr.: “No, no, you’re wrong there.

Lee Rush: “Yes we would.”

Jessie Sr.: “No I would. He’s my son! I’ll send him money, but he will have to do his time.”

Lee Rush: “I wouldn’t give him a nickle.”

Jessie Sr.: “He’s my son.”

Lee Rush: “Now We could be talking about-“

Jessie Sr.: “He’s my flesh and blood!”

Lee Rush: “We could be talking about my son.”

Jessie Sr.: “Well…

Lee Rush: “If my son did something that horrible that, I wouldn’t give him a nickle, let him suffer.”

Jessie Sr.: “You can’t turn your blood away.”

Lee Rush: “I don’t know how you say you could and we’re gonna have a problem over this.”

Jessie Sr.: “But I know how it is being up in jail without having anything.”

Lee Rush: “Well that’s beside the point, if he, if he’s guilty, if he’s guilty of doing this to these little boys, no!

Jessie Sr.: “But he’s not.”

Lee Rush: “Well, I’m saying he’s not too, but if he happens to be, if it’s proven, no! forget it, no, no.”

Jessie Sr.: “But I don’t believe he did it. I’ll never believe he did it.”

Shortly after this filmed incident, the relationship with Jessie Misskelley Sr. and Lee Rush came to an end.

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Jessie Misskelley: THE TRACY LAXTON INCIDENT

On May 15, 1993, Jessie Misskelley, and his older friend David Sims, who was 22-years-old at the time, and his younger friend, Dennis Carter, who was 15, had called the police from a bowling Alley stating they had seen three little boys, who were around 8 or 9 years old fleeing from a man near some train tracks. When the police arrived, they pointed the finger at a man named Tracy Laxton, saying that Laxton not only had tried to lure three little boys into the woods just moments prior, but had approached them as well, offering to let them drink in his camp in the near-by woods.

Ultimately Laxton was investigated and cleared, but the people who implicated him in the murders was shocking.

From the report:

Upon seeing officers, they came up & stated that they were walking on railroad tracks & had just bought something to drink at (indecipherable) and three white males who were (indecipherable) walking on tracks. Saw them & started running (indecipherable). Above described #1, #2 & #3 stated that as they got up on the tracks behind Goodyear they observed a W/M with reddish/blond hair come out of the woods and started trying to talk to them he said his name was Tracy & that he was from Mississippi & that his car had broken down at a church in Mississippi, Subject #1, #2 & #3 stated that the guy asked if they wanted to come over to his camp & drink some beer, #1, #2 & 3 stated they got scared because of the recent murders of the white males & that they ran to the phone in front of Howards Donuts & called the Police, then walked to the bowling alley. See Attached Subject Descriptions on #1, #2, #3

(The police report filed on May 15, 1993.)

(The police report filed on May 15, 1993.)

Following his confession to police, Dennis Carter, who had taken part in accusing Laxton, expressed that he wasn’t surprised that Jessie was arrested for the murders.

“Dennis states that he was not really surprised when he heard that Jesse was arrested for the homicide. States that he was always nice to him but it didn’t really surprise him that he was involved. States that Jesse never mentioned the murders to him.”

Link to transcribed notes of interview with Dennis Carter

David Sims, the other participant in the Laxton accusations also said the following about the events on May 15th:

“Jessie Misskelley never said anything about knowing about the murders, except the night we were at the police dept & he said (Jessie) that he thought Damien & Jason did the murders.”

(July 16, 1993 statement by David Sims discussing the Laxton incident.)

Sims further told the police that Jessie was “scared of Damien.”

(Excerpt from David Sims’ July 16, 1993 statement to police.)

The three 8-year-old boys that Jessie Misskelley and his two friends, David Sims and Dennis Carter had claimed they saw fleeing from Laxton were never found.

It was this incident that directed police to Jessie Misskelley on June 3, 1993 and the eventual confession to the murders of Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers.

Reluctant Witness: Buddy Lucas

21055067_10212379689038860_9017466338912084821_o(Recent photo of Buddy Lucas)

 

Buddy Sydney Lucas was perhaps one of the strongest witnesses in the case against the WM3, yet, for the most part he’s fallen off the face of the earth and remained silent on who killed Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers. But in 1993 and 1994, that would all be a different story…

During Jessie Misskelley’s confession to police on June 3, 1993, he informed investigators that he had given away the shoes he wore on the night of the murders to his friend Buddy Lucas:

 

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Ok. So you had a white t-shirt with a basketball design on it? (22 second pause) Ok, uh, what about shoes. What kind of shoes did you have on?

 

MISSKELLEY: White and blue Adidas.

 

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: White and blue?

 

MISSKELLEY: Mm-hmm.

 

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: And who has those shoes now?

 

MISSKELLEY: Buddy Lucas.

 

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: And how old is Buddy?

 

MISSKELLEY: He’s about 18 or 19.

 

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Why, why does he have your shoes?

 

MISSKELLEY: We went, we was coming home one day and it was raining and he didn’t have nothing else to wear so he put on one of my shoes.

 

DETECTIVE GITCHELL: Ok, and where does he live at?

 

MISSKELLEY: In Lakeshore.

A few days later, on June 10th, Officer Bryn Ridge visited Buddy Lucas and his mother, May Hudson at their trailer in Lakeshore Trailer Park.

b_lucas_photo                          (Photo of Buddy Lucas from 1993.)

During contact with the police, Buddy told Ridge a story that several months earlier, himself(Buddy Lucas), Jessie Misskelley, and another boy, Billy McGee had driven around on a 4-wheeler in some mud,  that afterwords his shoes were caked in mud, so Jessie gave him a pair of shoes to wear home. However Buddy alleged this occurred 4 months prior, making the incident take place well before the murders. This statement was then written down in a report by Buddy’s mother, May Hudson, and the police then took possession from Buddy a pair of blue and white Adidas shoes, which Buddy said were the ones that Jessie gave him. These shoes also happened to match the description of the shoes, in Jessie’s confession.

 

lucas_b_statement (June 10, 1993 Statement by Buddy Lucas.)

But this would not be the last contact with Buddy Lucas…

The next contact with police was on September 8, 1993, in which police asked him about his taking part in a violent assault committed by Jessie Misskelley and some other teens. The incident involved Jessie beating up a teenager with Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols, as well as other boys such as Buddy Lucas. The teen who was beaten up was John Perschke, who eye witnesses said Jessie threatened with a knife, pushing it toward Perschke’s throat and asking him, “would you like to be dead?”

Lucas told police that he did not participate in the incident, but had watched it from afar, saying he saw Jessie and about 6 other people there threaten John Perschke, and that he did in fact see Jessie press a knife to John’s throat.

lucas_b_statement2(September 8, 1993 statement by Buddy Lucas.)

The next time the police spoke to Buddy was on October 14, 1993. The reason Buddy was picked up was the result of a tip from his own uncle, who later gave a statement months later, on January 3, 1994, saying that his uncle, Eddie Wilson had heard from some people, that Buddy was telling people from his work details of the crime. Eddie then confronted Buddy on this, and Lucas allegedly admitted to his uncle that Jessie Misskelley had given him a pair of shoes which had blood on them.

 

wilson_a_and_e_report(Report on the statement from Buddy’s Uncle Eddie Wilson.)

Following this information, the police picked up Buddy from his work, and took him down to the police station and took a taped interview from him. It was during this interview, Buddy admitted new and crucial information about the shoes. Lucas had also told the police that the reason he had not told them the truth before, was due to being scared the police might arrest him too.

RIDGE – OKAY, SO YOU DIDN’T COME TO THE POLICE EITHER? 

 

LUCAS – UH-UH 

 

RIDGE – WHY DID YOU NOT COME TO THE POLICE? 

 

LUCAS – I WAS AFRAID THAT YOU ALL WOULD LOCK ME UP FOR IT, I DIDN’T HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT 

Lucas also expressed his fear that if if he had told the police, that he was worried someone might try to kill him as well, after-all, Jessie had told him he had killed the boys with his friends Jason and Damien, and he himself personally witnessed Jessie put a knife to John Perschke’s throat:

RIDGE – WERE YOU JUST SCARED OF US OR SCARED YOU WERE HURTING JESSIE, WHAT WERE YOU SCARED OF? 

 

LUCAS – THE REASON I DIDN’T COME UH, THEN BEFORE HE TOLD YOU ALL EVERYTHING, BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID IF I DID THAT HE WOULD HAVE SOMEBODY HURT ME 

 

RIDGE – YOU WERE AFRAID JESSIE WOULD HAVE SOMEBODY TO HURT YOU? 

 

LUCAS – YES SIR, HE KNOWS ALOT OF PEOPLE, THAT I DON’T KNOW 

 

RIDGE – OKAY 

 

LUCAS – I’M AFRAID HE WOULD HAVE SOME BODY HURT ME AND EVERYTHING 

It was then according to Lucas, that he revealed to police, that on May 6th, the day after the murders, he and Jessie were hanging out at Jessie’s trailer, and it was during this time that Jessie gave Lucas a pair of shoes to wear, saying he did not want to see them again. Jessie had also broken down crying and confessed to the murders, stating that he, Jason, and Damien had hurt some boys and were in trouble. Accordingly, Jessie told Buddy that he wanted to tell the police about the crime, and thus turn his friends in, but didn’t know how to do so without also going to jail for his part in the murders.

LUCAS – WE WAS UH, WAS TALKING ABOUT GOING OVER UH, BOBBY DOLLARS WIFE’S HOUSE TO GET MY HAIR CUT, BECAUSE SHE CUT LITTLE HAIR NOW AND THEN 

 

RIDGE – OKAY 

 

LUCAS – SO I WAS GOING TO GO OVER THERE, SO I SAID LETS GO OVER SEE ABOUT GETTING HER TO CUT MY HAIR, WE WENT OVER THERE, SHE CUT MY HAIR, HE SIT THERE AND PLAYED THE NINTENDO WITH HER LITTLE BOYS 

 

RIDGE – OKAY 

 

LUCAS – AND EVERYTHING, CAUSE HE USED TO, HE CLEANED UP HER HOUSE, WATCHES HER KIDS FOR HER, SO WE LEFT WE WENT BACK TO HIS HOUSE, I STARTED, I TOLD HIM, MAN, UH, THANKS FOR GOING OVER UH, BOBBY’S WIFE’S WITH ME AND EVERYTHING TO GET MY HAIR CUT, I GOING TO HOWLER AT YOU LATER, HE SAID NO MAN I GOT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING, AND EVERYTHING AND HE WAS BREAKING OUT IN A SWEAT 

 

RIDGE – YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT HIS EYES WHEN WE TALKED EARLIER WHAT WAS IT ABOUT HIS EYES 

 

LUCAS – THEY… THEY HAD WATER DROPPING FROM THEM 

 

RIDGE – HE HAD BEEN CRYING? 

 

LUCAS – UH-HUH SOMETHING LIKE THAT 

 

RIDGE – THAT’S JUST WHAT YOU THOUGHT? 

 

LUCAS – UH-HUH 

 

RIDGE – DID HE TELL YOU HE HAD BEEN CRYING? 

 

LUCAS – UH-UH 

 

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 

Immediately following his taped interview, Lucas was administered a polygraph. It was during this polygraph interview, that Lucas suddenly began to recant the statement he just gave moments before. He was now claiming that none of the events he described had happened.

lucas_b_poly(Polygraph report on Buddy Lucas, showing he failed when he denied his prior statements were true.)

After being confronted with the fact that the polygraph detected deception in his answers now denying that he knew anything about the crime, Lucas admitted he was trying to take back his statement, because he was scared of what might happen to himself or his family if he agreed to testify against Jessie Misskelley.

After the polygraph Lucas spoke with Deputy Prosecutor, John Fogleman and told him he had tried to recant, because he was scared that Jessie’s friends, Dennis Carter and Dino Perfetti might try to harm him or his family if he testified. He then provided the police with another pair of shoes and agreed to give them the shoes he was wearing, so they could investigate him as a possible suspect since he had now stated he had knowledge of the crime which he tried to hide from investigators.

Shortly after this, a defense investigator, working for Damien Echols, by the name of Ron Lax had approached Buddy Lucas and his family. Lucas had made contradictory statements, first saying that Jessie had given him the shoes before the murders, then admitted to lying to police and even to having knowledge of the murders. It was after this meeting with Lax, that Lucas suddenly stopped cooperating with police and began looking for alibi witnesses to try and alibi himself for the night of the murders.

It was Deputy Prosecutor, John Folgleman’s opinion, that Ron Lax had scared Lucas into refusing to testify, which Lucas seemed to agree with during a taped phone call between Fogleman and Lucas and his mother May Hudson. During the call, Buddy insists his uncle is lying, and says he became scared when Detective Bill Durham, who had been giving him the polygraph had confronted him when he failed the polygraph and was shown to be lying:

Fogleman: Nobody’s saying that you were involved in the murders, Buddy 

 

Buddy: I didn’t want to be brought up in it and I don’t — Mr. John, I won’t go to court on Damien and Jason 

 

Fogleman: And you’re not going to be asked to go to court, Buddy. But did Ron Lax tell you that you were going to be brought up in the middle of it? 

 

Buddy: No. Uh uh. I just thought that I didn’t want to be brought up in it, and he said that — 

 

Fogleman: Buddy, you’ve been listening on the other end, right? And you know what I told your mom about — 

 

Mary: No, he just got on 

 

Fogleman: You just got on? 

 

Buddy: uh huh 

 

Fogleman: Well tell your momma what you told Eddie Wilson about the bloody tennis shoes 

 

Buddy: I didn’t say nothing to Eddie Wilson 

 

Fogleman: Now Buddy. Why would Eddie tell the police that you did? 

 

Buddy: I didn’t say nothing to Eddie. I didn’t even say anything to Eddie. 

 

Fogleman: Well I’m not talking about lately. I’m talking about some time ago. 

 

Mary: Did you tell Eddie and Amy and everything that Jessie gave you a pair of bloody tennis shoes? 

 

Buddy: nuh uh. I told him that uh when I went hunting with Uncle Ronny that pair of shoes I gave little Eddie 

 

Mary: uh huh 

 

Buddy: and he asked me where that stain come from and I told him when me and Ronny went hunting. And he asked Uncle Ronny and Uncle Ronny told him yeah 

 

Fogleman: Well, Buddy, why do you think if that’s all you told him then why would Eddie go to the police with that? 

 

Buddy: Because he thought I had something to do with it. that’s when they kicked me out. 

 

Fogleman: They kicked you out of the house because they thought you had something to do with it? 

 

Buddy: Yes sir, cause they kept on jumping down my throat and I told them look just get off my back cause I don’t know nothing about it. And I left. They kept jumping down my throat. I told them look I don’t know nothing about it. 

 

Fogleman: Buddy, and listen, it’s all over with and nobody thinks you had anything to do with murdering those boys. Nobody does. But — 

 

Buddy: My family didn’t believe that 

 

Fogleman: (laughs) 

 

Mary: Nobody didn’t think you did 

 

Fogleman: But nobody thinks that you had anything to do with it Buddy. And all I’m trying — all that’s over with. You’re not gonna be called to testify. You know Jessie’s trial is over with — 

 

Buddy: You all won’t bother me no more, will you? 

 

Fogleman: No, we’re not going to bother you Buddy. We just want to know the truth about it because you know these people are telling us things and this investigator this Lax guy is going around getting all kinds of witnesses to change their stories. And I never had — I’ve been doing this for over ten years and I’ve never had one witness change their story. Once they tell the police, I’ve never had them do it and we’ve had at least three in this case do it. And I’m just trying to find out what in the world is going on. 

 

Buddy: I know they hollered at me Mr. John and that ain’t no lie 

 

Fogleman: well 

 

Buddy: That Durham guy 

 

Fogleman: Yeah well if he did he shouldn’t have done that but why — 

 

Buddy: Mr. John I was scared, crying, didn’t know what to do. I figured they was gonna throw me in jail. And I ain’t never been locked up in my life.

 

Fogleman: Well and you’re not gonna be locked up. You know I’m just wanting to know you know like Eddie and Amy Wilson they called the police and said that he had heard – he said that he had heard that you’d been talking around your job saying that you had something to do with it. And he said — wait, let me finish — he said that he went down and confronted you about it and that you said naw I didn’t have anything to do with it and I hadn’t been saying that but he did Jessie did give me these bloody tennis shoes. 

 

Buddy: nuh uh 

 

Mary: The shoes that Jessie gave Buddy Mr. John the police dept got them when they first comed and questioned Buddy 

Buddy: The blue and white adidas ones – the only pair of shoes Jessie gave me Mr. John 

 

Fogleman: Well and another thing that confused me about that Buddy is that you know you’d said that you’d gotten those shoes from Jessie like way back in Feb? 

 

Buddy: yuh huh 

 

Fogleman: Well you know when Jessie told the police about what happened he says that the shoes that he was wearing that day were white and blue adidas and that he gave them to you. And then when the police come and talk to you the first time you give them a pair of white and blue adidas 

 

Mary: yeah 

 

Buddy: uh huh 

 

Fogleman: Now why in the world would Jessie say you know pull out of the sky a pair of white and blue adidas that he had had given to you three months before? 

 

Buddy: Try to cover up for the real shoes 

 

Fogleman: Well and well, is Jessie that smart? To try to cover up for the real shoes? 

 

Buddy: I just guessed that I mean — we was all four-wheel riding 

 

Fogleman: even if — 

 

Buddy: uh huh and he gave me shoes back in February to wear home cause I got mine wet and muddy 

 

Fogleman: Ok. Well Buddy, even if he did give you some bloody shoes that wouldn’t mean that you were in trouble or that somehow that would mean that you were guilty of anything 

 

Buddy: I just don’t want to be brought up in it 

 

Fogleman: Well, you’re not going to be but I just want to find out the truth. I mean I can give you my word you’re not going to be called as a witness. And you know me and your momma knows me, and I’ve never steered you all wrong. 

 

Buddy: But Mr. John I wanted to tell you about with him hollering at me 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Buddy: But I was just scared and stuff. my mom told me she said you can tell Mr. John and Mr. John would take of it 

 

Fogleman: Kind of hurt my feelings when you wouldn’t talk to me and then I get a call from a lawyer and 

 

Buddy: But I was scared though. He was hollering at me. I didn’t know what to do, I thought he was going to throw me in jail 

 

Mary: What I decided that was me about the lawyer Mr. John 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Mary: And everything. Because I was I mean if Buddy had to go to court 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Mary: And I walked into that courtroom and Buddy told me that man screamed and hollered at him I would grab that man 

 

Fogleman: well 

 

Mary: I believe in the law 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Mary: and I believe in everything right and I think that you do too 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Mary: I mean we’re taxpayers we pay 

 

Fogleman: Sure, that’s right 

 

Mary: And he’s supposed to do right. if you don’t, get out of the system 

 

Fogleman: mm hmmm. Yep. Well I can’t argue with what you’re saying. It’s just I just wanted you Mary to understand that the police just didn’t dream this up but that they had some basis for talking to Buddy about where these shoes came from some more 

 

Mary: that’s what I tried to tell Buddy. I said somebody had to be talking. 

 

Buddy: but Mr. John 

 

Fogleman: yes sir 

 

Buddy: You can ask my family. You can’t believe little Eddie in nothing. I swear you cannot believe — 

 

Fogleman: who? 

 

Buddy: You can ask any part of my family. You cannot believe little Eddie and Amy. 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Buddy: Eddie Wilson 

 

Mary: and Mr. John about little Eddie and Amy 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Mary: You oughta check their brother’s record. Chris. 

 

Fogleman: uh huh 

 

Mary: and everything. Little Eddie’s not so bad. Little Eddie’s pretty good, but it’s his wife and the crowds he moves around with 

 

Fogleman: uh huh. Well Buddy and again you’re not going to be brought up into anything but what we’re trying to find out. What we really believe — even though this investigator was being nice to you when he talks to you, we think that he’s doing more than just talking. And you know maybe suggesting some things about us that aren’t true. 

 

Buddy: I know he didn’t, Mr. John, I swear he did not bribe me 

 

Fogleman: oh no I’m not suggesting he bribed you. I didn’t say anything about anyone paying — did I say anything about anyone paying any money? 

 

Buddy: nuh uh 

 

Fogleman: no I didn’t and I didn’t mean that. But I mean there are ways that people do things like for instance suggesting that or you know if you [?] that could get you in trouble. And saying something like that. Did he ever say anything like that? 

 

Buddy: uh uh. But bout them shoes, you cannot believe little Eddie and Amy. I mean if you check on those records and people they hang around with I mean 

 

Fogleman: Buddy I — you know I told you before you know that that’s over with 

 

Buddy: uh huh 

 

Fogleman: You know that only mattered in Jessie’s trial 

 

Buddy: uh huh 

 

Fogleman: ok? 

 

Buddy: uh huh 

 

Fogleman: That’s all that mattered, was in Jessie’s trial. Jessie’s trial’s over with 

 

Buddy: yes sir 

 

Fogleman: So you don’t have to worry about that, ok? 

 

Buddy: Alright. You ain’t mad at me, Mr. John? 

 

Fogleman: I’m not mad at you, Buddy 

And just like that, Buddy Lucas accused his own family members of lying against him, suggested that he might for some reason be arrested for his involvement in the crime, and lawyered up rather than testify to what he knew.

Despite his statements to police, that Jessie Misskelley did the murders and was trying to implicate Jason and Damien without going to prison himself, supporters of the West Memphis Three sometimes parade around Buddy Lucas as if he had participated in the murders, instead alleging that Lucas committed the murders with LG Hollingsworth, a friend of Damien Echols and related to Echols’ girlfriend Domini Teer, and that the two committed the murders with Stevie Branch’s step-dad Terry Hobbs and his friend David Jacoby.

From a news story from March 13, 2013 in which the accusation first emerged:

An attorney for one of the victim’s mother dropped the bombshell in court today that she believes her ex-husband Terry Hobbs took part in the killings.

The hearing was to allow the victim’s parents to see all the evidence in the case.

During the hearing the attorney filed a motion and brief with the court.

In the court document the attorney said new witnesses shed new light on what may have happened to the three West Memphis boys on May 5th 1993.

“The truth is right here,” Mark Byers said.

Byers’ son was one of three boys murdered.

He believes the truth of what happened to his son Christopher, Steve Branch and Michael Moore is in an affidavit from a man named Bennie Guy.

Guy claims there were four people involved in the murders and two of them confessed to him.

He said Buddy Lucas confided in him nearly a year after the murders.

“I asked what did you do? He then said, me L G Hollingsworth and two men, we was there with them boys. We did it.”

He said he didn’t tell anyone because he “didn’t want the boy to get into trouble for something i could not believe he had done.”

Link to story

So, which is it with Buddy Lucas? Was he a witness against the WM3 or a suspect in the crime, or both? Supporters of the WM3 will always dismiss Lucas as a witness when it comes to Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, but consistently prop him up as a suspect in the murders whenever it fits their agenda of saying that someone else did it.

Was Eddie Wilson lying?

Why did Buddy fail the polygraph?

Why did Buddy make the statement to police about Jessie’s confession?

Why did he mention to police that Jessie hit some of the victims to stop them from running away?Jessie had told the police that he had to chase down Michael Moore to prevent him from running away, the statement is shocking then that Lucas would make a similar statement.

And what of those shoes? Isn’t it odd that Buddy immediately turns over a pair of blue and white Adidas shoes after Jessie tells the police on the night of the murders he was wearing a pair of blue and white Adidas?

 

Damien Echols and DNA

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(Damien Echols in the days following the murders wearing an axe necklace.)

Of the most significant allegations made by the defense and supporters of the West Memphis three was the claim that no DNA evidence was ever recovered that connected any of the convicted men to the crime. This allegation however is dubious and wholey inaccurate as one can easily see when they discover that DNA located at the crime scene and even on evidence recovered from a necklace belonging to Damien Echols had connected Mr. Echols to the murders.

THE LIGATURE DNA—

(WARNING! Link contains cropped image of autopsy photo depicting the ligatures of Stevie Branch.WARNING!)

The ligatures used to bind Stevie Branch.

DNA testing conducted years after the murders while the West Memphis Three were incarcerated revealed three DNA mixtures recovered the bodies of Stevie Branch and Michael Moore. One of these samples was located on the ligatures used to bind Stevie Branch at the crime scene. This DNA revealed a mixture of DNA, meaning there was DNA present from two different individuals on these bindings.

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(The DNA findings from the ligatures, indicating three different numbers present on the D5s818 Locus.)

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(DNA profiles for the West Memphis Three and the victims in the case.)

As seen in the images above, the numbers listed under D5s818 on the ligatures for Stevie Branch are 10,11,12. Normally there would only be two numbers present as seen in the second image showing the DNA profiles for the victims and the West Memphis Three, but here there is three numbers, indicating the presence of a second person’s DNA. In addition under the Locus for D13s317 are the numbers are 8,11.

Now, Stevie Branch’s profile for the D5s818 is only 10, 12. So that means the number 11 must be more than likely part of the profile from the second party who left their DNA on the ligature used to bind Stevie, and more than likely shared one of the same numbers as Stevie; either 10 or 12. And of the DNA profiles of the victims and the West Memphis Three, the only ones that could fit for D5s818 would be either Damien Echols or Jessie Misskelley, who both had 11,12 which would fit with the DNA mixture on the ligatures for Stevie Branch. However Misskelley’s profile for D13s317 does not correspond to the DNA, which is 8,11. This leaves Damien Echols as a better candidate for being the individual who’s DNA is mixed with Stevie Branch’s on the ligatures in question. So, whoever deposited the DNA on the ligatures just so happened to share a similar DNA profile to Damien Echols.

This item of evidence is often disregarded, because there was evidence of contamination present, which has been used by supporters of the West Memphis Three to suggest that any subsequent DNA recovered had to be from the real killer, and therefore any physical evidence against Damien Echols was not to be believed.

 

THE EVIDENCE OF CONTAMINATION–

(Autopsy photo shows someone,handling Stevie Branch’s genitals without any gloves on. The penile swab taken from Stevie’s genitals, subsequently didn’t match any known suspects.)

The DNA profile for Stevie’s penile swab, revealed a profile that did not match to either Stevie, nor to any of the suspects. As can be seen, the numbers listed for D168539 are 8 and 11.

Examining the DNA profiles for all, it shows above, that Stevie’s numbers were 9,12, so the recovered sample, 8,11 is not from him. And none of the DNA samples from either the victims nor the suspects, had an 8 for D168639, so that means someone else left this sample, and the above autopsy photo shows what appears to be Dr. Peretti not wearing gloves when he was doing the autopsy photos of Stevie’s genital region at the same exact location as the penile swab.

 


Lastly another penile swab, this time taken from Michael Moore, may have been the result of contamination. The numbers again showed a mixture, this time for D5s818, and of this mixture it showed likely Michael Moore’s DNA and an unknown second individual’s DNA. Looking at the suspect DNA samples, none of them are consistent with the mixture of 9,12,13, which is not surprising considering that no gloves were worn when Stevie’s genitals were handled for the purpose of documenting injuries at the location. It’s therefore likely that the same may be true in the case of the DNA pulled from Moore’s genitals.

A response from the prosecution in this matter was that the bodies had sat over night in a ditch, submerged in water, and thus, any usable DNA from the killer had likely washed away. And with this in mind, the three DNA mixtures recovered from the bodies of Stevie Branch and Michael Moore were in question as likely contamination, particularly in light of the photo of someone’s bare hand touching Stevie’s genitals.

The fact of the matter was that the DNA pulled from the genital swabs was compromised during autopsy, likely by Dr. Frank Peretti, who had performed the autopsy.

THE AXE NECKLACE DNA—

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(Crime Lab document detailing an investigation into dark spots located on Damien’s necklace, which later was proven to be blood.)

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(Another document discussing the discovery of blood on Damien’s necklace.)

Damien Necklace

According to documents and video from the early 90’s, specs of blood were discovered on a necklace that had been worn by Damien Echols. The blood was too small at that time for exact DNA testing to be performed, but once again found a DNA mixture composited from blood from two different people on this necklace. DNA results revealed that one of the individuals who bled onto the necklace was Damien Echols, the chief suspect in the murders of the three victims. But DNA on the second individual was less clear as there was less blood. Tests determined that it either belonged to Stevie Branch, the victim who’s ligatures had DNA that could have been from Damien Echols, or the other possibility being Damien’s alleged accomplice Jason Baldwin.

To go further into this matter, there existed evidence that the necklace at one time belonged to Jason Baldwin, having most likely been given to him by a girlfriend prior to the murders. It is also known that both Damien and Jason wore this necklace as indicated in the below photo, which depicts Jason Baldwin wearing it.

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In addition, Jason had several drawings in his room at the time of his arrest.

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(Homework assignment belonging to Jason Baldwin with drawings in the corner.)

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(Drawing of the axe necklace located on the above home work assignment.)

The question becomes, if one were to believe the blood on the necklace was Jason Baldwin’s, why was he bleeding on it? And why was there blood of Damien also? Could it be because they were killing three little boys and had they themselves been injured in the commission of the crime?

But the real more shocking scenario in this matter is the more likely probability that this DNA is that of Stevie Branch, the victim who Jessie Misskelley alleged in his confessions that Damien was most responsible for attacking and murdering.

Both matters are discussed in a deleted scene from the documentary Paradise Lost, in which the film makers for reasons unknown felt the incriminating evidence should be left out of the film.

The Bloody Necklace

 

Conclusions—

These two DNA items act as physical corroborating evidence to the involvement of Damien Echols in the murder of Stevie Branch. The ligatures revealed a DNA mixture containing DNA from Stevie Branch and a second individual. This mixture as the documentation revealed was consistent with Damien Echols. Further, blood on a necklace worn by Damien and shown to be worn by him in the days and weeks after the murders, turned out to contain blood from two different people; Echols and a second individual. Testing demonstrated that it was very possible that the DNA of the second individual was that of Stevie Branch. Confessions by Jessie Misskelley also implicated Damien Echols as the killer of Stevie Branch.

The very fact that Echols could not be eliminated from the DNA mixture found on the ligatures would be corroborating evidence of the statements made by Jessie Misskelley, and per Jessie’s statements, Damien Echols had tied up Stevie Branch, therefore it would make sense that Damien’s DNA would be present there if he were guilty of the crime… of which DNA happened to be located on the ligatures which matched back to… Damien Echols just as Jessie Misskelley had stated in his confessions.

Going back to the necklace, if Damien was guilty the very fact that blood was located  on an item of clothing belonging to him (the necklace) would be yet another strong corroborating item of guilt. It’s difficult to explain away blood from both himself and a second individual in an innocent manner that does not point to guilt in the homicides. And if Damien was the one who killed Stevie Branch, as Jessie Misskelley had stated, then not only would Damien’s DNA be on the ligatures but  there would exist evidence, such as blood which would be upon his person, and it was. And if Damien was the person who killed Stevie Branch, then the blood would then be that of Stevie Branch… DNA testing showed that of the victims, the blood was consistent with that of Stevie Branch, further corroborating Jessie’s confession. IN BOTH INSTANCES of Damien Echols and DNA connecting him to the crime it always seemed to connect him to the murder of Stevie Branch. A coincidence? Very unlikely.

The Location of the Murders

Facts suggesting that the boys were killed on both ditch banks:

1. The Clothing

From the crime scene notes:

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.
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

The clothing was all mainly found near Michael Moore’s body which was right in front of a ditch bank located on the other side of the water.

(The ditch bank near where Moore’s body was located.)

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(The general location of where Moore’s body was recovered from the ditch.)

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This could suggest that Moore had been on the near-by ditch bank with his killer prior to death.

 

2. The Location of the Bodies

Moore’s body was found near a ditch bank, referred to often as the “slicked off” ditch bank.

(Another photo of the “slicked off” ditch bank.)

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(A diagram of the crime scene made by police.)

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Moore died from drowning. If he died of drowning, his body had to have been located near-by the ditch prior to it’s being placed into the water, because he was beaten and tied up prior to being placed into the water. This fact would suggest, much like the location of the clothing being by his body, that the slicked off ditch bank was where his body was prior to being placed into the water.

Moore’s body was found 27ft away from the bodies of his friends.

The notes citing the distance:

#2 Body 27’ South of #1 Body
#3 Body 32’ South of Body #1
4’2” – is the Width of the [the word “Stream” is crossed
out] Creek Where body #1 Was found.

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

dictated by Lieutenant Diane Hester:
Body #2 was found 27 feet south of body #1
Body #3 was found approximately 32 feet south of body #1
The width of the stream where body #1 was found is 4 feet 3 inches – 2 inches, 3 inches? 4 feet – correction, 4 feet 2 inches – and what? The width is consistant to where the other – body #2 and body #3 were found also.

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

The bodies of Chris and Stevie were located next to a different ditch bank, which was nearer to the path you would take to enter and exit the crime scene.

(Location of the bodies of Chris Byers and Stevie Branch.)

 

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(The near-by trail located near the bodies of Byers and Branch.)

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If Moore was being attacked and murdered near Chris and Stevie, then he likely should have been found near the same ditch bank then as Chris and Stevie. However Moore was found near the slicked off ditch bank.

The bodies of Chris and Stevie were found 27ft away from Moore and were in front of a different ditch bank. Stevie, much like Moore had died of drowning. If he drowned, he had to have been subdued near-by to where his body was found, and the likely location then for that would be the ditch bank which was near to the bodies.

3. The Fact that Two of the Victims Drowned

This can’t be emphasized enough, that if two of the victims drowned their bodies had to have sat tied up near-by to wherever their bodies were found. It seems unlikely that the killer was going to just arbitrarily carry Moore’s body 27ft away from his friends for no apparent reason what so ever, when it would have been simpler for them to place the body near to where Chris and Stevie were found.

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

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

4. The Location of the Luminol

Luminol reactions were located on both sides of the ditch, located on both ditch banks.

(Locations of luminol reactions as shown in police diagrams.)

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However photos were only taken from one ditch bank, likely because the bodies had been placed on the ditch banks by police near to where the bodies were located in the water and could have resulted from this and not from the crime. Lighting conditions were also cited for not photographing those locations.

Only two spots were ever really looked at as possibly being crime related from the murder itself. And these two spots were located on the slicked off ditch bank.

In total there were three spots that registered for luminol reactions on the slicked off ditch bank. The first spot, described as a “V” shaped pattern was looked at at one point as a possible spot that Chris Byers could have initially been castrated.

(Photo of the “V” pattern.)

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The second spot was where Michael Moore’s body had been set by police.

(Photo of this location.)

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And the third spot was a large spot, said to be 3ft in diameter by police.

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They were concerned from the apparent heavy blood loss that this was where one of the bodies sat during the commission of the crime and was not from the police setting Moore’s body on the ditch bank.

(Location of the three luminol reactions)

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Notes on the luminol:

Photo #1 was shot at a point 7’0” from the mark on the large oak tree, where the paint
spot had been sprayed as a reference point to measure from, this was in a straight line
between the huge oak and the other tree that had another paint spot on it for a second
reference point. This area had a spot that illuminated
to the naked eye that appeared to be about three feet in diameter indicating a heavy blood
area.

Photo #2 is an area of illumination that is directly over the spot where victim number 1
was lain upon the bank when he was pulled from the water. This spot is 3’8” from the
spot on the large oak tree in a direct line between that spot and location the body was
found in the water.

Photo #3 was taken on a root of the oak tree with the reference spot, the root is 6’0”
from the reference point in a straight line from that point heading straight into the water.
The fluoresced area in front of this large root indicated an area that was down sloping
toward the water, the illuminate spot formed a ‘V’ like shape!

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

As to the “V” pattern, it could have been caused by clothing from the victims being set on the ditch bank.

(Photo of victim clothing sitting in spot where luminol reaction was made.)

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But the third spot, the one that is 3ft in diameter can’t really be explained away. The spot could possibly either be blood from Chris Byers or Michael Moore. And given that Byers’ body was found near a different ditch bank and Moore’s body found near the slicked off ditch bank, it would seem more likely that this spot was related to Moore’s murder, and thus more likely his blood and not Chris Byers’.

This luminol reaction would again suggest that Moore’s body sat near-by on the ditch bank prior to being placed into the water.

CONCLUSION:

(Photo showing both ditch banks. The slicked off ditch bank is on the left side and the Branch and Byers one located on the right, behind the three trees in the middle of the photo.)

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It would seem to be the simplest solution to the situation that Moore was beaten and tied up on the slicked off ditch bank, and that most likely the blood present there was from his murder.

Second the next most logical solution is that Chris Byers and Stevie Branch were murdered on the ditch bank where their bodies were set by the investigators who recovered the bodies.

A third conclusion is that this does not discredit any argument of blood on the slicked off ditch bank or even blood on any of the ditch banks. The reason being, is that the blood on the slicked off ditch bank would have more likely been as a result of the head injuries to Moore and not of a possible castration of Chris Byers. While Chirs Byers certainly can’t be eliminated as a source for the blood on the slicked off ditch bank, it would seem less likely. And as to the other ditch bank, while luminol reactions were detected on it, no photos were ever taken of the location. Additionally the spot was trampled on by investigators and was muddy and the bodies were soon set on it by investigaters and visible blood could have been left by the still bleeding bodies after they were recovered. The whole argument then on the blood then becomes moot, at least as to the castration of Byers and visible blood, since it was something that was not really documented as to the second ditch bank and because the bank had been compromised by investigators walking on it and laying the bodies on it.