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Peter Jackson Continues To Fund The West Memphis Three!

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Peter Jackson Funds West Memphis Three

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson continues to fund the West Memphis Three investigation even after their release from prison.

While the men are free, they are still technically considered guilty in the books. Like we told you when their freedom happened, they are still allowed to maintain their innocence, but in order to leave prison, they were required to say the state's prosecution had enough evidence to convict them.

Of course, many have believed in their innocence since the 1993 murder case occurred. Furthermore, by allowing the men to go free, it is widely felt the justice system in Arkansas finally came around to their innocence also. Unfortunately, in order to free the men so suddenly, they had to walk lightly around the technicalities of the law.

So what's left to do? Clear the names of all three: Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols. And that's exactly what people like Peter and partner Fran Walsh intend to do.

Ken Kamins, Jackson's manager, elaborates:

The ongoing work will focus on proving the convicted men’s innocence, as it always has, evidence testing and further investigation which will hopefully lead to the unmasking of the actual killer. When Peter and Fran got involved, they had to decide how to best serve the case. Damien, Jason, and Jessie had great public advocates in Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Henry Rollins, Paradise Lost, and everyone else who was raising money and bringing public attention to the case. Peter and Fran, therefore, decided to put their attention into funding and spearheading DNA work, hiring forensic and other experts, plus extensive private investigations into all aspects of the case. Because Peter and Fran’s role required a very close relationship with the defense lawyers, in particular Damien’s team, they have always respected and understood that their role had to be of a confidential nature. They have worked very closely with a number of Damien’s attorneys and over the years they have become close friends with Damien and [his wife] Lorri. They have always believed that if they could get Damien free, Jason and Jessie would benefit too. This work is ongoing. Peter and Fran are heavily involved in ongoing investigations, and the release of the guys is far from the end of the story.

Ahhh! It's so great to hear news like this!

We're elated the men are free, but it's good to know the fight for their names is one still fueled with passion.

We believe in them, as we always have, and we sincerely hope they can live to see the day their names are cleared.

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5 comments to “Peter Jackson Continues To Fund The West Memphis Three!”



  1. 1

    whats left to do? find the real murderer!!!



  2. 2

    Re: CaCaCarKeys – That's part of clearing their names.



  3. 3

    I think they are guilty!

  4. sxy says – reply to this


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    I dont think they are guilty but they need to take a look at that step father. His DNA was found at the scene of the crime. I dont think they should let this go they need to find the real killer. I am glad they are free and I think they should be paid for their time spent in jail. I would love to see some of the stars that backed them maybe give them a few bucks to get started on. Why just leave them alone now or maybe some hollywood producer should do a documentry on their time spent in Jail and maybe a movie of their side of the story. I think Mr. Depp should help fund that since he is so godly rich. And he wouldnt miss a dime and maybe even make a buck.

  5. edaj says – reply to this


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    Re: Wiregirl41

    So- the prosecutors DON’T THINK they’re guilty (or they wouldn’t have released them)

    Two lots of the parents of the children who were murdered DON’T THINK they’re guilty

    The 2 people who testified against them has admitted she LIED.

    But YOU still “think” they’re guilty

    GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.