Events raise 'West Memphis 3' awareness

July 23, 2005 at 4:43 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 23 (UPI) -- Eleven benefit concerts were scheduled around the United States Saturday to raise money to help appeals for the so-called West Memphis Three.

Many celebrities and musicians have rallied to the defense of Jesse Misskelley Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols, who they say were wrongly arrested and convicted for murdering three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark., in 1993, reports.

Calling Saturday "West Memphis Three Worldwide Awareness Day," concerts in San Francisco and Portland, Ore., featured Everclear's Art Alexakis, Jonathon Richman, Heart's Nancy Wilson and Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek.

All the money raised by the concerts and auctions of rock memorabilia were to go to help the convicts' legal funds.

The case was the subject of the Emmy-winning 1996 HBO movie "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills."

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