, Salem, MA

March 8, 2013

Letter: Father speaks out against documentary

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

CinemaSalem will host the documentary “West of Memphis” today as part of the Salem Film Fest. The executive producer of this very deceptive film is Damien Echols, one of the so-called “West Memphis Three” and the man convicted of murdering my son and his two best friends in 1993. A jury sentenced Echols to death for his crime in 1994. However, a new prosecutor inherited the case in 2011. He was overwhelmed by the WM3 all-star defense team and celebrity supporters and allowed Echols and co-convicts Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to enter guilty pleas yet walk free with time served. This amounted to only 18 years for the savage triple homicide of three innocent 8-year-old boys.

The Salem Film Fest and CinemaSalem should be ashamed of themselves for supporting a convicted child murderer. In the eyes of the law, he is a child killer. It is shameful for anyone to support this monster. I urge the residents of Salem to boycott this film.

If you do choose to go, please first go to and educate yourself on all of the facts left out of this disgusting propaganda piece disguised as a “documentary.”

I believe you have a very dangerous individual in your city. Please be cautious. He certainly shouldn’t be celebrated.

Todd Moore

West Memphis, Ark.