|THE WEST MEMPHIS MURDER CASE:
A CASE STUDY IN FORENSIC SCIENCE AND THE LAW
May 6, 1993, the bodies of three eight year old boys were found in a
muddy ditch near interstate highways 40 & 55 in West Memphis,
Arkansas. The victims had been brutally murdered and one had been
sexually mutilated. Less than a month later, police arrested three
teenagers after a startling confession from one of the teens claiming
that the killings were related to Satanic Cult activity. Attorney Dan
Stidham, who was appointed to represent Jessie Misskelley, the teen who
confessed, takes you through the twisted maze of the WM3 Murder Case
which has been the subject of two HBO documentaries, several books and
countless stories in the media.
The WM3 case has been the subject of a 1996 HBO documentary film entitled Paradise Lost. A sequel to this film, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations was released on HBO in the Spring of 2000.
Dan Stidham has been actively investigating the WM3 Murder Case since
1993. During this time, Mr. Stidham has consulted with some of the
world’s leading forensic experts.
Mr. Stidham’s work in the case has resulted in several
appearances on national television including the NBC Nightly News,
MSNBC and Court TV's Prime Time Justice. In 1996, Mr. Stidham's
experience in the West Memphis case was the subject of a cover story in
the Arkansas Times magazine.
Mr. Stidham still works tirelessly on the WM3 case, actively pursuing
appeals on behalf of his client. He works closely with other members of
the WM3 Defense team which now, because of the publicity surrounding
the HBO films and the generosity of several benefactors, includes some
of the most prominent criminal defense attorneys and forensic experts
in the country.
Mr. Stidham is available to speak to student or faculty groups, legal
and law enforcement organizations and forensic science organizations.
He can present a general overview of his experience in this very
interesting and compelling case, or he can discuss specific topics that
relate to his experience in the case such as:
- POLICE INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES
- FALSE CONFESSIONS
- MENTAL COMPETENCY
- JUVENILE AND MIRANDA ISSUES
- FORENSIC SCIENCE ISSUES
- POLYGRAPH ISSUES
- “ SATANIC PANIC”
- CRIMINAL PROFILING
- MEDIA ISSUES IN A HIGH PROFILE CRIMINAL CASE
A unique program centered around the WM3 case and any, or all, of these
topics, can be specifically tailored and designed for your group or
Stidham does not hold himself out to be an “expert” in any
of these particular fields. His only area of expertise is his unique,
and perhaps unparalleled experience, in one of America’s most
high profile and controversial legal dramas.
COST OF PROGRAM
Mr. Stidham’s interest and motivation in speaking about this most
fascinating case is fueled by his desire to share his experience with
students and other professionals. He also seeks to bring attention to
this case and the serious issues it presents to the American Criminal
Justice System. There is no fee for presenting a program to any
group. The only expense associated with the program is the actual
cost of travel to your particular location. Mr. Stidham's lecture has
been previously approved for Continuing Education credits and
he will gladly assist you in getting his presentation approved in
Please call Mr. Stidham at (870) 236-7600 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to your group.
For More Information about the WM3 Murder case:
Two HBO documentary films, Paradise Lost I and II, are available on DVD.
Either film can be rented at most national video store chains or purchased online at Amazon.Com and other online outlets including Warp Films in England which has a special two-DVD set.
SCENES from PARADISE LOST I/II
(at left & right)
ON THE NET:
There are several sites on the web devoted to the case. The most extensive being found at www.wm3.org.
Arkansas based writer Mara Leveritt has written a new book about the case called Devil's Knot
In the year 2000, Mr. Stidham was elected to the position of District Judge. He
lives in his hometown of Paragould, Arkansas.
Information about Mr. Stidham and his judicial duties can be found at www.stidhamlawfirm.com and www.gccourt.com