U.S. cable network ID has partnered with Jupiter Entertainment to bring another infamous crime case to television, in The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery.
Premiering on April 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the latest installment of the ID ‘Murder Mystery’ franchise goes inside the investigation of the triple homicide that took place in West Memphis in 1993. Three young boys were killed and arranged into what looked like a ritualistic murder scene, and three teen suspects – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley – were charged with the crimes, despite flimsy evidence.
This three-hour special features courtroom footage, interrogation room audio tapes, and one-on-one interviews with those close to the case, including Baldwin, to uncover how the three teens were first convicted and ultimately released.
In addition, ID will release a digital series, West Memphis Three: the Missing Piece on IDGo, featuring true-crime vlogger Griffin Arnlud as she talks about how celebrities such as Eddie Vedder, Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins and Natalie Maines brought the plight of the three teens to the public. Another true-crime vlogger, Stephanie Harlowe, tackles some of the theories still making the rounds regarding the crime.
For Jupiter Entertainment, Patrick Reardon, Harrison Land and Tim McConville serve as executive producers, and for Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, and Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production.
“Even now, the case of the West Memphis Three still lingers as many questions remain unanswered, and confusion looms over a mystery that fueled America’s ‘Satanic Panic’,” said Henry S. Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, in a statement. “As speculation continues to haunt the case, this installment of the ID ‘Murder Mystery’ franchise gives an inside look into the widespread panic, celebrity activism and shocking trials that lead to a surprising conclusion.”