Johnny Depp just continues to become a cooler and cooler person as time goes on. While on his worldwide tour to promote his upcoming turn as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, Depp will also take time out to help the West Memphis Three. Depp will appear on this Sunday's edition of 48 Hours to appeal for a new trial for the three boys convicted of a brutal ritual slaying.
For those unaware back in 1994 Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were convicted for the beating deaths of three 8 year old boys. All three have been in jail for 16 years with Echols on death row. All three boys have become known as the West Memphis Three.
The sham trial and complete miscarriage of justice has long been rallied against by stars such as Winona Ryder, The Dixie Chicks, Metallica and Eddie Veddor to name a few. It also spawned two documentaries and a benefit album of Black Flag covers put together by Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins.
Depp's appearance on 48 Hours has shocked even the producers of the show but the actor feels strongly about the cause saying "I firmly believe Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley are totally innocent. It was a need for swift justice to placate the community. Damien Echols is on death row to be killed by lethal injection."
Since their arrest evidence of how badly the case was handled has continued to surface to no avail. Forensic Evidence has been ignored, jury misconduct allowed to go without investigation, all because the community the boys lived in hated them for their involvement with heavy metal music, the occult and even something as silly as Stephen King novels.
The 48 Hours episode will examine all of this in hopes to finally get three boys rotting in jail, one facing death, cleared of all charges. It might also get people trying to find out who really did kill the three 8 year old boys. Evidence in the second documentary made a stunning case against one of the boys parents but nothing was done.