Devil’s Knot – Movie Review

I am J.A. Ireland. Welcome to my world of murder and mystery. I am a murder, mystery, scifi writer. I have a suspense, murder, mystery movie review that has devil worship and the occult. It is based on a true story. West Memphis, Arkansas. May 5, 1993.

Based on a real case in WestMemphis, Arkansas

Based on a real case in WestMemphis, Arkansas

Michael Hobbs, the eight year old boy has a new bike—a gift from his grandfather. His mother, Pam Hobbs works at the Catfish Restaurant.

Terry is Pam Hobb’s husband. He has an eight year old son, Aaron, by a previous marriage. Pam and Terry do not have a child together. Michael and Aaron are friends.

Michael, Aaron, and another eight year old boy named Stevie are friends. Together they ride their bikes into Robin Hood woods to Devil’s Den.

Michael, Aaron, and Stevie ride into Robin Hood Woods to Devil's Den

Michael, Aaron, and Stevie ride into Robin Hood Woods to Devil’s Den

At the same time, a black male shows up at Bojangles Restaurant and goes into the girl’s bathroom. He is bleeding with a broken arm.

The entire town begins a search for the missing boys at Devil’s Den. The police find a shoe floating in the shallow river. All three bodies are discovered, naked, tied with their shoe strings, drowned, buried in the mud—under the water of the shallow river.

Police are given a strong tip about Bobby DeAngelo. Also, Christopher Morgan was with him. They were seen with Stevie before he went missing.

Aaron Hutchenson is repeatedly interviewed by police from May to June 1993. The police broaden their search to devil worship and the occult.

Jason Balwin, age 16, Damien Echols, ago 18, Jessie Misskelley Jr., age 17 become suspects. They practice witchcraft and are into heavy metal music.

Later, police arrest for capital murder, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie MissKelley, for the three boys murders a month previous.

Damien Echols, Jessie Lloyd MissKelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin. Charged with Capital Murder.

Damien Echols, Jessie Lloyd MissKelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin. Charged with Capital Murder.

Jessie MissKelley confessed to the murders—a confession he later recants.

Ron Lax, the private investigator, joins the case pro bono. He believes three dead kids is enough. Jessie MissKelley admits to Mr. Lax that he drinks human blood. He believes he receives power from the blood. He also practices witchcraft and other occult activities.

The very public trials began. There is evidence of sloppy police work and police cover-ups.

The verdicts are soon in: Jessie Lloyd MissKelley Jr. guilty of First Degree murder. Sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Jason Baldwin. Guilty of Capitol Murder. Sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Damien Echols. Guilty of Capitol Murder. Sentenced to death by lethal injection on May 5, 1994.

Pam leaves her husband, Terry, after the trial.

Pam leaves her husband, Terry, after the trial.

After the trial, Pam Hobbs leaves her husband and moves away. She believes her son’s killer is still out there—she suspects her husband—possibly. She has no idea why he would be involved in the boy’s murders.

In 2006, Ron Lax secretly obtained a DNA sample from Terry Hobbs linking him to the crimes. The police refused to follow up on the lead. This movie was based on an actual case.

This is a very good case involving police cover-up, and the occult. To this day, if those three teenagers didn’t commit the murders, the real killer is free.

Thanks for reading.

J.A. Ireland.

 

 

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One thought on “Devil’s Knot – Movie Review

  1. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you! I like the review here – and as with certain other real-life cases, the ending you present is all too chilling.

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    Pleasant journeys to you!

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