By "Piers Morgan Tonight" associate producer Samantha Hillstrom:
On May 5th, 1993, I was almost 8 years old – the same age Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore were when they were brutally murdered in West Memphis, AR. It’s been over 18 years since that day, and six weeks ago, the three men that were convicted of their murders were released from prison.
Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were charged with murdering the three boys and spent their entire adulthood behind bars, and for Damien, on death row. Last week, Piers Morgan interviewed Damien and Jason in an emotional and powerful interview – and the response on our Twitter, Facebook and blog has been incredible.
Many reacted strongly, both in support of these men and against. Here is a sampling of what we heard from you:
I just watched your interview with 2 of the West Memphis 3. I’ve seen it 4 times and I keep watching it. Unbelievable stuff.
West Memphis 3: This story is just horrible. I don’t know whether 2 cry for them, or b more pissed over Troy Davis.
After following the West Memphis 3 case for 18+ years, it is surreal to see Damien Echols finally free and talking to Piers Morgan.
Wait, the West Memphis 3 ADMIT TO BEING GUILTY OF MURDER, but they've been freed?
If I’m innocent, I would not plead guilty even if I could clear my name in 3 months. They are guilty.
You supporters should invite them to watch your children if you think they’re innocent.
I, along with so many of you, watched this interview and felt moved afterwards. With the case against Troy Davis a few weeks ago, Amanda Knox's release from prison today and the release of the West Memphis 3, it’s very apparent that the issue of the death penalty and DNA evidence is one on everyone’s mind.
Did you watch? What did you think of Damien and Jason’s story? Share your thoughts below.