or


[09/15/11 - 12:46 PM]
"48 Hours Mystery" to Broadcast First Television Interviews With Members of the West Memphis 3 Since They Were Freed
Said installment airs this Saturday, September 17 at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from CBS]

"48 HOURS MYSTERY" TO BROADCAST FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEWS WITH MEMBERS OF THE WEST MEMPHIS 3 SINCE THEY WERE FREED

17 YEARS AFTER BEING CONVICTED AS TEENAGERS, THREE MEN RELEASED FROM PRISON LAST MONTH

Seventeen years ago, three teenagers were convicted of the brutal murder of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien Echols, known as the "ringleader," was on death row, while Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were serving life sentences for the crime. Then in a stunning turn, the three young men - known as the West Memphis 3 - were all released from prison last month, agreeing to a rarely-used plea deal. Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin talk to 48 HOURS MYSTERY in their first television interview since their release. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports the final chapter to this dramatic story in 48 HOURS MYSTERY, "The West Memphis 3 - Free" on Saturday, Sept. 17 (10:00 PM, ET/PT). Click here for a preview of this broadcast. Plus, debate the case on Facebook with Erin Moriarty and on Twitter with the producers of 48 HOURS MYSTERY, from 10:00-11:00 PM, ET.

Over the years, high-profile supporters of the West Memphis 3 were determined to prove Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were innocent. Working for their release included artists like Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, and actor Johnny Depp, who in describing Damien Echols' conviction told Moriarty, "it's mind-blowing how it actually happened." After studying the case Depp said, "There was no evidence... they were easy targets."

In addition to Echols and Baldwin, Saturday's broadcast of 48 HOURS MYSTERY will include interviews with Lorri Echols, a landscape architect from New York who married Damien Echols while he was in prison, leading the charge to prove his innocence; defense attorney Stephen Braga; and actor Johnny Depp. Following are excerpts from 48 HOURS MYSTERY'S interviews with Echols and Baldwin.

MANDATORY CREDIT 48 HOURS MYSTERY.

DAMIEN ECHOLS SOUNDBITES:

On his feelings after being freed from prison:

Erin Moriarty: "Is there a way to describe what you're feeling right now?"

Damien Echols: "Too many things. You know, it... just about any emotion, any thought, anything else that you could put a name to, I'm probably having it or probably have had it in sometime over the past week. You know, there's excitement. There's... maybe a little bit of anxiety. Curiosity.

You know, this is a whole new world. This is not the world that I knew when I went into prison. So I'm having to learn to cope with things. Use things. You know, computers. Cell phones. Just... it... it's a whole new world and I'm trying to learn how to deal with that."

On justice being served:

Echols: "I wouldn't describe this as justice by any stretch of the imagination. I don't think it's perfect, but I think it was the best thing we could do for now."

On whether or not he is angry:

Moriarty: "Are you angry?"

Echols: "In some ways, yes. But I'm also just ready to leave it behind. I'm ready to move - you know, these people have eaten up eighteen and a half years of my life. I spent the entire decade of my 20s and most of my 30s - you know, I'm almost 40 years old. They took all that time from me already and I don't want to give them any more.

I'm not going to sit around thinking about it or - dwelling on it. Being angry about it. I don't want to waste my time. I don't want to waste my life."

JASON BALDWIN SOUNDBITES:

On the innocence of the West Memphis 3:

Jason Baldwin: "I did not have anything to do with murdering Christopher Byers, Michael Moore, or Steve Branch. And that's... that's just the simple truth."

"[I] figured, you know, that I am innocent, that Damien's innocent, that Jessie is innocent. And ultimately... we'd be released. Did I think it would take this long? No, I didn't. Did I think it would come about in this fashion? Certainly not."

"I always had that hope that somewhere, somebody would figure out that they had the wrong people. That, you know, they'd pull up a piece of evidence that pointed who really done the crime."

On being released:

Baldwin: "The first thing I did? Oh, I just smiled and got... like a thousand hugs from everybody, you know? I smiled so much that my face actually hurt from it. It just felt like everything was all right. Like, here's the time to begin, you know?"

This broadcast is produced by Gail Abbott Zimmerman. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

* * *

Become a fan of 48 HOURS MYSTERY on Facebook.

Follow and discuss 48 HOURS MYSTERY on Twitter: @48Hours, #48Hours





  [september 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· 48 HOURS (CBS)





[05/04/16 - 04:31 PM]
ABC Announces the Teams Competing on the "Battlebots: The Gears Awaken" Preview Special, Airing Tuesday, May 10
The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23.

[05/04/16 - 04:00 PM]
GSN Celebrates Mother's Day with Special Mom-Themed Marathon of "Family Feud," Sunday, May 8
Each of the 10 specially selected half-hour shows features questions designed to remind viewers about the woman they love the most - their mom - on her special day.

[05/04/16 - 02:15 PM]
Seth MacFarlane to Create, Executive-Produce and Star in New Hour-Long, Live-Action Comedic Drama Series for FOX
Set 300 years in the future, the series follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet.

[05/04/16 - 02:11 PM]
Geniuses Face Off in an Intense Test of Knowledge and Stamina on the Season Premiere of ABC's "500 Questions"
The five-night event series concludes with a two-hour season finale on Wednesday, June 1.

[05/04/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns in May with Three Back-to-Back Shows
Brie Larson (May 7), Drake (May 14) and Fred Armisen (May 21) will close out the show's season.

[05/04/16 - 01:01 PM]
Megyn Kelly to Sit Down with Laverne Cox during "MEGYN KELLY presents," Airing Tuesday, May 17, on FOX
As previously announced, the special also will feature Kelly's first extensive sit-down interview with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

[05/04/16 - 12:02 PM]
"Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule" Season 4 Premieres Friday, June 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
The new season will be followed by "Decker: Unclassified," starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

[05/04/16 - 12:00 PM]
Start Your Summer with an Animated Adventure During Freeform's "Funday" Weekend Programming Event on May 14 and 15
Experience college through Mike Wazowski's eye, whip up recipes with Remy, and cheer on Wreck-It Ralph and Aladdin as they attempt to prove themselves as heroes.

[05/04/16 - 11:57 AM]
GSN to Launch First Spinoff Series from "Skin Wars" Franchise; "Skin Wars: Fresh Paint" Debuts Wednesday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT
The series features three of "Skin Wars" top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week.

[05/04/16 - 10:49 AM]
National Geographic Launches a Covert Investigation Into the Disappearance of Adventurer Cody Dial in Riveting True-Crime Series, "Missing Dial"
The six-part series launches Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[05/04/16 - 10:25 AM]
Valerie Bertinelli Entertains Friends & Family on the Return of "Valerie's Home Cooking"
Valerie is back in the kitchen sharing her tips for easy-to-make, delicious dishes and homemade recipes, adding her own signature touches and flavor along the way.

[05/04/16 - 10:08 AM]
TNT Teams Up with E4 on "Foreign Bodies"
The series is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia.

[05/04/16 - 10:01 AM]
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Abby Wambach Joins ESPN
Wambach will cover international sporting events for the network later this summer at the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

[05/04/16 - 09:39 AM]
E! Announces Four New Unscripted Series as the Pop Culture Powerhouse Continues to Expand on Successful Primetime Slate
Highlights include a spin-off of hit franchise "WAGS" (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) set against the sunny, sexy backdrop of South Florida.

[05/04/16 - 09:34 AM]
Netflix Celebrates "Marseille"
In advance of the series launch on May 5, Netflix surprised the residents of Marseille today in true Hollywood fashion when a french twist of the original "Hollywood" sign was erected to overlook the city.