In the end, I decided to tell Byers’ side of the story, which was convoluted through biased films and books that twisted his actions from grieving father to suspect with something to hide.
Dale City, VA (PRWEB) July 25, 2012
Imagine losing your adoptive son to a horrific crime while under the hot gaze of national media attention.
In his new book, “Untying the Knot: John Mark Byers and the West Memphis Three” (published by iUniverse), Greg Day tells the story of the murders of young boys through the eyes of one victim’s father, John Mark Byers.
Day wrote the book after Byers specifically requested the opportunity to tell the story from his perspective. What followed was seven years of in-depth research, interviews and writing.
“When Byers asked me to write the book, I had reservations about undertaking such an effort,” Day says. “In the end, I decided to tell Byers’ side of the story, which was convoluted through biased films and books that twisted his actions from grieving father to suspect with something to hide.”
The tragic story of the West Memphis Three has become a tenet of popular culture. In May 1993 the bodies of three eight-year-old boys were discovered naked, bound and beaten in a drainage ditch in West Memphis, Arkansas. The appalling crime scene details, such as their brutal beatings and genital mutilations, instantly caught media attention.
Three local teenagers were convicted of the crime despite mishandled evidence, possibly coerced confessions and unreliable eyewitness accounts, which would soon be highlighted in a series of HBO documentaries and best-selling books. Soon, public perception would shift to Byers, whose series of on-screen misquotes and behind the cameras antics drew questioning glances.
In the book, Day offers a complete recounting of the days, months and years after the murders from Byers’ perspective. He supplements this with intense research and information from sources closest to the case in order to give balance--something lacking from many other pieces of work.
“This story is told in a radically different manner than other accounts,” Day says. “It is not advocatory in nature. There is no agenda being advanced, save for the telling of large portions of the story that have been left out of other accounts.”
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Untying the Knot: John Mark Byers and the West Memphis Three
By Greg Day
Softcover: $19.95 Ι Hardcover: $29.95 Ι e-book: $3.99
About the author
Greg Day is a longtime follower of true crime investigations. He has been studying the case of the WM3 for more than 12 years. Since 2005, he has spent hundreds of hours interviewing John Mark Byers and researching his controversial life through recorded facts and by interviewing those involved. Day lives in Northern Virginia with his wife.
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