It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since we dipped into my sack…of mail that is.
I received the following e-mail twice yesterday from a supporter of the West Memphis 3.
User Name: John O’Bryan
To whom it may concern,
I’m a little curious to know why you’re so adamant about the guilt of the West Memphis Three? Especially after the lack of DNA evidence. I grew up in Memphis and remember very vividly when the crime took place. The way the news media handled the case was ridiculous, and every southern baptist idiot within 200 miles was saying “obviously these are the guys who did it”.
Can’t you at least admit they didn’t get a fair trial? I understand you don’t want to be labeled a “follower”, but sometimes being a stubbornly obtuse contrarian can be even worse. What do you have against natalie Maines anyway? If you’re still a Bush supporter, that might go a long way toward answering ALL of my questions.
I find this e-mail kind of ironic because the whole basis of the West Memphis 3 movement is that the WM3 were allegedly judged unfairly yet Mr. O’Bryan goes on to make a lot of judgments himself, but I digress.
Like I’ve said before I’ve been writing about school shootings for going on 8 years now. Over the years I’ve developed sort of a profile of school shooters. Damien Echols and company fit that profile to a T. Also like I’ve stated before if the WM3 were born 10 years later they would have been school shooters instead of child killers. Do I say that because they dressed in black and listened to heavy metal? No, because that describes me at the time they were convicted. Hell, it describes me now except now my black clothes are a suit and tie instead of an Iron Maiden T-Shirt and I’ll be metal until the day I die.
Can I admit that they didn’t receive a fair trial? No, I can’t. I believe the movies and books made about them were heavily biased. The authors and filmmakers already had their goal in mind when they started. Not only that but they left a lot out of the whole story from their respective works.
As far as the DNA evidence or lack thereof goes it proves nothing. The flip side to none of their DNA evidence being found at the scene is that Mark Byers’ DNA wasn’t there either. For years the WM3 supporters have called for the head of Mark Byers claiming that he was the one that actually committed the murders. I could then say that since his DNA evidence wasn’t there that he couldn’t have committed the murders either. Let’s not forget that their bodies were found in a creek which could have washed away any DNA.
What do I have against Natalie Maines? Let me count the ways. She insulted the office of the President while overseas. I don’t care who is in office at the time have some respect for your country. She’s a member of PETA which is only a few vegans short of being an eco-terrorism organization. She fell for the hype of the Paradise Lost movies. And lastly, her music sucks.
For the most part, West Memphis 3 supporters remind me of Ron Paul supporters and members of the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement. Just because you’re big on the internet you think you’re more important than what you actually are.
Personally, I think you’ve all given Echols exactly what he wanted, fame and a following that was bigger than Manson’s.