UNT PSYC 3530 - Critical Thought Essay #2: Review of “West Memphis Three” (3 pages)

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Taylor Metelits Carter PSYC 3530 24 October 2014 Critical Thought Essay 2 Review of West Memphis Three In May of 1993 three eight year old boys Steve Branch Michael Moore and Christopher Byerswere reported as missing in the town of West Memphis Arkansas In 1994 three young men by the names of Damien Echols Jessie Misskelley Jr and Jason Baldwin were tried and convicted of the murder of the three missing boys Due to the highly controversial nature of this case and the events surrounding the convictions of these three men a review of the psycho legal perspective is in order This essay will address two of several issues surrounding the events that took place during this time in West Memphis Arkansas The first issue that will be discussed is the concern over Jessie Misskelley Jr s confession Based on the events that were discussed in the documentary Paradise Lost 3 Purgatory it is apparent that there is strong evidence that points towards a coerced confession the investigators that took Misskelley in for questioning kept him for over twelve hours during this period he was without legal representation or allowed access to his family and only the last forty five minutes of Misskelley s confession were recorded More specifically this could potentially constitute means for being classified as a compliant false confession or an internalized false confession due to the IQ level of Misskelley and the threatening nature of an interrogation on a seventeen year old boy According to classroom notes and discussion it is known that officers frequently use tactics such as softening up the suspect and using psychological persuasion Based on this concept it is fair to assume that due to the heat of police officer questioning combined with the exhausting amount of time spent in an interrogating room that Misskelley couldn t have been able to withstand the regular practices of the police Additionally Misskelley s IQ is that of 72 points concluding that there must have been a very



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