EXCLUSIVE: Did the West Memphis Three work alone? - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Janice Broach reports

EXCLUSIVE: Did the West Memphis Three work alone?

It was a gruesome discovery 14 years ago, the bodies of three boys mutilated in West Memphis.

Stevie Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers were murdered while riding their bikes on May 5th, 1993.

A jury convicted three teens in those murders. The teens are now known as the West Memphis Three.

Now, one of the victim's mothers, Pam Hobbs, says she thinks there could be another killer still out there.

For years, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelly, and Jason Baldwin said they didn't do it.

They say someone else murdered those little boys, and now the mother of one of the victims says she, too, wonders if someone else may have been involved.

Stevie Branch was an honor roll student who had an active imagination and loved to sing.

He wrote a song when he was 8-years-old.

"He was a very intelligent little boy. I could have had the next president had he not been murdered," says Hobbs.

Hobbs remembers vividly the last time she spoke to her son. She says he asked if he could ride bikes with his friends on the afternoon of May 5th, 1993.

He left her home and never came back.

Investigators found Stevie's nude body along with the bodies of Michael Moore and Christopher Byers bound in a shallow creek off I-40 in Crittenden County.

Hobbs adds, "for the first  five or six years it was hell on earth. If they could put that into words, if they could describe how I felt.'

After a massive manhunt, police charged Damien Echols, Jessie Miskelley and Jason Baldwin with killing the boys.

Echols got the death penalty. Miskelley and Baldwin got life in prison.

"I feel like the ones that killed my son, the three that were tried and convicted they are guilty. But I am like everyone else, was there someone else out there other than those three," says Hobbs.

For years, investigators have denied the possibility of anyone else being involved in the murders, while websites devoted to the case poke holes in the detectives' work.

The HBO documentary "Paradise Lost" also claimed West Memphis police botched the case.

Action News 5 reporter Janice Broach covered the West Memphis Three case extensively.

There were questions about other suspects who could have been involved. But even this week, investigators said they are certain the right people were convicted of the crime.

They say they cant' talk about it on camera, because every time they do, they receive death threats.

Hobbs says she doesn't mind people supporting the West Memphis Three. She does think they are guilty. And she just doesn't know if they worked alone.

"If that's the way he wants to go down in history as a child murderer, then that's the road he chose to take in this life," adds Hobbs.

Hobbs says she's forgiven Echols and anyone else connected to the murder of her son and hopes something positive can still come from the killings.

"If God would save their souls then the devil didn't accomplish anything out of this. He just made my life a little miserable," says Hobbs.

Even though the West Memphis three are behind bars, this case is not over. There are people around the country looking at new DNA evidence.

We've learned that some of those investigators will be looking at new evidence Thursday.


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