I'm sure that most of you have heard of the case, which was featured in two documentaries titled "Paradise Lost." The three accused killers are to be freed -- but in exchange, they must plead guilty. Pretty much everyone with any sense (including the father of one of the victims) agrees that they were innocent all along.
As I recall, Dreyfuss got got out of Devil's Island under a similar arrangement. The state's need to save face is a powerful thing. Powerful and stupid.
The three were innocent all along. The only reason they were convicted -- and juror comments at the time make this clear -- was because the most erudite of the three, Damien Echols, had expressed a youthful interest in Aleister Crowley.
This case damns the south. This case damns the paranoia of the fundamentalist mindset.