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Peter Jackson's West Memphis Three Film May Have Uncovered The Real Murderer

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Could vindication be on the way for these three young men whose lives were taken from them for 18 long years?

This week, a screening of West of Memphis at Sundance Film Festival has a lot of people buzzing about Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley (aka The West Memphis Three) and how this movie will forever change their lives. Apparently, director Peter Jackson went well beyond doing comprehensive research for his documentary. He actually went so far as to provide testimony from three witnesses that insist Damien, Jason and Jessie are all innocent and that they know the name of the real killer: Terry Hobbs.

For those of you who don't know, Hobbs was the stepfather of one of the murdered boys and has long been linked to the case via DNA evidence. His own ex-wife, the mother of the child, has even had the case re-opened in order to have his possible involvement in the murder gone over with more focused scrutiny.

But here is the chilling part, and it comes directly from the press release sent out after the movie was screened. Apparently, several of Hobbs' family members knew about the his invovlement in the murders and named it "The Hobbs Family Secret." His nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr. allegedly confided in some friends (who swore under oath that he told them this), “my uncle Terry murdered those three little boys."

Furthermore, according to the press release:

"Three eyewitnesses have also provided sworn statements that they saw Terry Hobbs with the three children on the day of the murders, immediately before they disappeared. Terry Hobbs has maintained that he never saw the three boys the day they were murdered."

Chilling! To think, this guy was under their noses the whole time and suspicions about him were never fully investigated. Such a shame!

There are even more shocking details outlined in the release, so CLICK THE JUMP to read about the film.

Terry Hobbs’ nephew, Michael Hobbs Jr., allegedly told his friends “my uncle Terry murdered those three little boys,” according to declarations under penalty of perjury recently given to Damien Echols’ defense team. The three new witnesses were polygraphed about what they stated Michael Hobbs, Jr. told them.

“One day Michael picked us up in his truck. He was very quiet and upset. Michael then said to us, ‘you are not going to believe what my dad told me today. My Uncle Terry murdered the three little boys.’ According to Michael, his dad called this ‘The Hobbs Family Secret’ and he asked us to keep it a secret and not tell anyone.”

Another witness stated, “One night last winter, Michael and I were playing pool in his basement when the third friend asked about the West Memphis Three case which had been in the news. Michael responded by saying, ‘My uncle killed three kids in West Memphis.’ Michael was dead serious when he said this.”

The three little boys referenced in the declarations were found brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. DNA consistent with Terry Hobbs, stepfather of victim Stevie Branch, was later discovered in the knot of a shoelace used to restrain victim Michael Moore. Three eyewitnesses have also provided sworn statements that they saw Terry Hobbs with the three children on the day of the murders, immediately before they disappeared. Terry Hobbs has maintained that he never saw the three boys the day they were murdered.

A third witness stated that he was at Michael Hobbs Jr’s home in 2003 or 2004 when he was told by Hobbs Jr. that the two of them could not go down to the basement to play pool because Michael Hobbs Sr. was down there having a conversation with Hobbs Jr.’s uncle. The witness said that he “ listened with Michael Jr. at the top of the stairs. I heard two men talking. One appeared to be very upset even crying and he said ‘I am sorry, I regret it.’ The other man was trying to console him and said, ‘You are in the clear, no one thinks you are a suspect, those guys are already in prison.’”

Echols’ attorney, Stephen Braga of Ropes & Gray, said: “This is critical new information which reveals that the people closest to Terry Hobbs, his family members, may know much more about Terry’s involvement in the West Memphis Three case than they have ever acknowledged. If this is the Hobbs Family Secret, then what a horrific cost that secrecy has imposed on the lives of so many people – perhaps most significantly Pam Hobbs who deserves to know what really happened to Stevie on the night of the murders, as do the Byers and Moore families. With the secret now out, let’s hope that someone in the Hobbs family has the heart, the soul and the courage to come forward to tell the truth directly. In the meantime, I have given our investigative materials concerning these new witnesses – along with other related information – to District Attorney Scott Ellington for his review and action.”

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17 comments to “Peter Jackson's West Memphis Three Film May Have Uncovered The Real Murderer”



  1. 1

    Oh, get a clue! Peter Jackson didn't uncover anything and anyone who follows this case, or has for any length of time? Knows about Hobbs. Not new news, well at least not for those who are informed.



  2. 2

    Peter Jackson didn't "uncover" a new suspect. The police have publicly speculated about this loser for years and years.



  3. 3

    If this is the case in regard to Terry Hobbs being a suspect all along, it's a shame that three young men lost 18 years of their lives for something they didn't do. How can someone live with that secret knowing that three innocent men were sitting in prison, one who could of lost his life. Let alone the grief the families of the young boys were going through. Hope justice comes soon for everyone.



  4. 4

    I'm sure anyone that follows this case knows all about Terry Hobbs! if it wasn't him I think it was mr bojangles. Any news on him yet?



  5. 5

    Freaky. Hope the real killer or killers is caught.



  6. 6

    Peter Jackson didn't do anything he didn't direct he PRODUCED the movie. Amy Berg is the director.



  7. 7

    Paradise Lost 2 pointed out that TERRY HOBBS, should be the lead suspect. He handed the camera crew a knife with blood in 2000.



  8. 8

    ObviousMuch? : ok, everyone who has followed the West Memphis Three knows Peter Jackson had a huge role in the funding of the WM3, while he was filiming and showing all those big budget films he also gave funding to help free those three innocent guys. if you wanna get specific about who got Terry Hobbs to be a suspect you can thank Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks and her Lawyers. Terry Hobbs pretty much bit himself in the ass by trying to sue for Defamation!



  9. 9

    Re: gravytoot – lmfao not for years and years, they let that asshole Terry Hobbs fly under the radar!



  10. 10

    WM3 supporters have repeatedly dismissed the many direct confessions and secondary confessions pointing to the guilt of the West Memphis 3, almost all made within a year of the crime.

    Two of the new "witnesses" against Hobbs are fourth-hand statements. They claim that Michael Hobbs told them something, which Michael Hobbs heard from his father, which he heard from someone else.

    Another "witness" tells a story about overhearing an actual Terry Hobbs confession. He keeps it to himself for eight years, then tells defense lawyers and filmmakers, who include the story in a press release on the day their movie premieres at Sundance.

    The DNA found at the scene of the crime of the three murdered boys that was supposedly from the step father was from a hair that could have come from simple contact with one of the victims. The hair could have belonged to 1.5 percent of the population (or several million people).

    Many people believe the WM3 were not innocent but guilty as charged and that they were the ones that committed the crime. They were found guilty by a unanimous jury the first time. They plead guilty instead of waiting for a trial the second time.



  11. 11

    WM3 supporters have repeatedly dismissed the many direct confessions and secondary confessions pointing to the guilt of the West Memphis 3, almost all made within a year of the crime.

    Two of the new "witnesses" against Hobbs are fourth-hand statements. They claim that Michael Hobbs told them something, which Michael Hobbs heard from his father, which he heard from someone else.

    Another "witness" tells a story about overhearing an actual Terry Hobbs confession. He keeps it to himself for eight years, then tells defense lawyers and filmmakers, who include the story in a press release on the day their movie premieres at Sundance.



  12. 12

    Re: CumpasFilmsRe: CumpasFilms – That wasnt Terry Hobbs



  13. 13

    I would hate to see this as a witch hunt again……..Isn't that how the 3 went to jail. Everything sounds a bit like hearsay. So you are going to convict someone with the press again. Sounds like this movie isnt fighting for the right to a fair trial anymore. Why didnt they just turn over the evidence to the DA. And leave it out of the movie.



  14. 14

    Re: CumpasFilms – That was John Byers that gave HBO the knife .



  15. 15

    Re: aussiemeg – I agree with triffity. I dont see anything new. Hair found in the shoe string matching Mr Hobbs. Ok the children play at his house. One man theory killing 3 boys . Dont buy it ! There has been to many pointing fingers and now they want to do it again. First hand comments again REALLY more like hearsay. Didnt that help put the MW3 behind bars. First hand lies .West Memphis seems to be filled with liars for money. I really thought MW3 would do something good with their freedom. Like be the John Walsh of the justice system. Polygraph test doesn't prove anything. It isnt always accurate. If that was the case we can go through the the town and ask everyone to take one. I dont know who killed those poor 3 children . Pointing finger game again really This movie is just out to make money. One thing we might learn from this movie is stay clear from a town called West Memphis :)



  16. 16

    I agree with triffity ! Ok DNA hair strand from Mr Hobbs on a child that plays at his house. I dont buy the one man theory any way. I dont know who killed these children. I feel so bad for the parents. I thought the WM3 would do something good with their freedom. Like the John Walsh of the justice system and help others out. It turns out they are leading the witch hunt. Statements first hand again…REALLY . The same kind that put help put WM3 behind bars. Sorry but one thing this movie might teach you that is new . I stay out of a town called West Memphis !!!!!!! :)



  17. 17

    can't wait!!!