Free the West Memphis Three!
I hope you’ll all indulge me in a brief diversion from fantasy baseball… regular listeners to (and viewers of) the show have probably heard me making reference to the West Memphis Three, and if you’re wondering, the black wristband I wear on my left wrist says "Free the WM3" on it. If you don’t know what this means, here it is in a nutshell:
In 1993, three teenagers in West Memphis, AR were arrested for and ultimately convicted of the murders of three young boys; one of the three is now on death row. Two documentary films — Paradise Lost I and II — paint a pretty strong picture (admittedly not without some bias) that the WM3 were convicted more because of their black clothes and interest in heavy metal and Stephen King books, than the presence of any strong evidence against them. Plenty of independent research and investigation since then has supported their claims of innocence.
I have no personal, factual knowledge that the WM3 are innocent or guilty. But what’s bothersome to me is that they were convicted even though "no physical evidence, murder weapon, motive, or connection to the victims" was presented at their trial.
In my opinion (and this is just me, not MLBAM or Siano or the 411 or anyone else), their conviction and continued incarceration speaks to the culture of stupidity and fear that remains prevalent in this country even now in the 21st century, and the black wristband I wear is a small protest against it. I’m not just talking about what our government has done in the name "of the people" over the past generation or two, either… it’s everywhere and in every shape. Just look around you. Politics, art, culture, music, television, the educational system, the news media, religion, even your daily commute to work… all are badly infected with stupidity, ignorance and arrogance. We’re all suffering in this environment to some extent or another, but most of us aren’t in jail like the WM3.
Anyway, I highly encourage you all to check out this web site to learn more and draw your own conclusions. Thanks for reading, and now, back to the 411…