'True Blood' Star Stephen Moyer is a Sketchy Lawyer in 'Devil's Knot'

June 29, 2012
Source: Deadline

Stephen Moyer

Looks like Stephen Moyer is heading from one bayou to another, as the "True Blood" star transitions from the swamps of Louisiana to the equally miry courtroom of the case of the West Memphis Three. According to Deadline, Moyer will play prosecutor John Fogleman, a man many claim abused his powers to get a conviction of teens Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, and Damien Echols, who were wrongly accused of murder back in the 1990s and spent 18 years in prison. Moyer joins Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and more in this horrifying true story from Chloe director Atom Egoyan. More below!

During the actual trial, the real Fogleman presented the jury with a knife that could not be forensically linked to the West Memphis 3 and proceeded to cut a grapefruit with it, intending on showing similarities between marks found on the bodies of the young boys and those the knife left on the fruit. Though the tactic worked on the jury, it was factually inaccurate since the marks found on the victims were actually teeth marks from animals. Should be an interesting scene played out in Devil's Knot, but like the rest of the film, it will likely be fairly disturbing to see how easily people fall prey to the powers of persuasion even when other people's lives depend on their decision. For the most complete look at the West Memphis 3, check out the Paradise Lost documentary trilogy, and Amy Berg's doc West of Memphis when that hits theaters.

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It is interesting how people " fall prey to the powers of persuasion" especially when dealing with the misinformation around this case in the media. The one sided movies and websites about this case leave out the evidence showing why the West Memphis Three were found guilty by a unanimous jury. They plead guilty last year instead of waiting for a trial. Misskelley confessed three different times to the detectives, once to the police and once to his own lawyers. Misskelley confessed five times in all. He also told two other people about the crime before he was arrested. Echols went around bragging he committed the crimes to at least three different people after the crimes were committed. Baldwin told another person he committed the crimes. The person he told passed a lie detector test about the truth of this. All of the West Memphis three had failed alibis. Echols was seen in muddy clothes near the crime scene. Echols had a history of threats of violence, violence, psychiatric treatment and psychotic behavior. His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood. See court documents exhibit 500 for evidence of all this. Echols' stated under cross-examination that he was interested in the occult. Echols' journal contained morbid images and references to dead children.Read alternative sources about the case. Don't just believe the one sided movies.

caseevidence on Jun 29, 2012


hello there Fred J. Walsh, still hoping to convince somebody that they are guilty. Good luck on that.

blue smurf on Jun 30, 2012


I think main point for this kinda crime horror is depicting the TRUTH. And depicting the truth needs its own STYLE. Psycho & I Saw The Devil is two Symbolic crime , horror for me. This movie is not another 7. This is story of VICTIMS not detectives. Paradise Lost series had DOCUMENTARY STYLE. I think this film needs to depict things in that style too. If movie was in form of Blare With Project or Paranormal Activity get close more to REALITY. Anyway if director prefer Un-documentary kind , I'm solidly in still. This movie must be had INGENIOUS ATMOSPHERE. Eerie & Dreadful either. Plot must be engaging and plausible. Brutality didn't must omit from it. Love its Title.

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 30, 2012

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