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Sky's 'The Forgotten West Memphis Three' Will Be Your New True Crime Obsession

Sky's 'The Forgotten West Memphis Three' Will Be Your New True Crime Obsession

True crime fans, listen up: we've found your next binge watch and it promises to be a gripping one.

Hitting screens later this month, The Forgotten West Memphis Three will revisit the chilling 1993 triple murder of eight-year-old Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers and the media frenzy that surrounded the grisly case.

Stevie, Michael and Christopher were found murdered in Robin Hood Hills, Arkansas, in 1993, and the following year three local teenagers - Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols, dubbed the West Memphis Three - were found guilty of the killings.

Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols (bottom) were convicted for the murders of Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers (top). Credit: Supplied
Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols (bottom) were convicted for the murders of Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers (top). Credit: Supplied
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However, the trial attracted widespread criticism due to the lack of hard evidence and the three men were released on a plea bargain after serving 18 years in jail. To this day, they remain convicted killers under the eyes of the law but many believe the true killer or killers could still be at large.

In their search for the truth, the West Memphis Three's defence team rented the childhood home of Christopher Byers, one of the murdered boys, for three months in a bid to resolve old suspicions about his stepfather John Mark Byers.

The defence brought in noted forensic scientist Jon J. Nordby, whose firm specialises in death investigations, bloodstain pattern analysis, trace evidence analysis and crime scene reconstruction.

The childhood home of Christopher Byers, one of the murdered boys (Credit: PA)
The childhood home of Christopher Byers, one of the murdered boys (Credit: PA)

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Based on the hit podcast Truth & Justice, this series will see host Bob Ruff as he harnesses new technology and investigative insights in the hope of uncovering new information to bring closure to the victims' families.

The NBC documentary will make its UK debut on Sky Crime and NOW TV on 20th September and will see Bob explore the original case's flaws to lay the groundwork for his evidence-driven investigation.

Then, after determining the boys' final movements, Bob will meet with a DNA expert to discuss new technology that has the potential break the case wide open.

The trial and conviction of  Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols drew widespread criticism (Credit: NBC Universal)
The trial and conviction of Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols drew widespread criticism (Credit: NBC Universal)
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The case was previously revisited in three films by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky - Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

Along with the many books, films and songs inspired by the case, they were strongly critical of the trial and the three teens' guilty verdict.

All episodes of The Forgotten West Memphis Three will be available to watch on Sky and NOW TV from 20th September

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Unity Blott

Unity Blott is the Editor at Tyla and joined the team in April 2019. You can contact her on [email protected]