Tuesday 28 February 2017

Donall Hoey: Why the Satan motive never stacks up in a court of law

AFTER the acquittal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in what was perhaps the most famous murder case in recent years, I was struck by the similarities to that case and that of the West Memphis Three, who were released just a few weeks ago after 17 years imprisonment.

The most unusual aspect of the two murder cases was the apparent lack of motive from any of the accused; Knox and Sollecito were convicted of Meredith Kercher’s murder after a sex-game went awry, the West Memphis Three were found guilty of murdering three eight year-old boys on the evidence that they were “Goths” and listened to heavy metal music.

In both courthouses, the prosecutors used an evocative word when coming up with a motive – Satan.

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