Moore thanks FedEx for withdrawing from ‘pathetic charade’
By the Evening Times news staff
Todd Moore, the father of one of the three 8-year-old boys killed by
local teenagers Damian Echols, Jessie Miskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin in
1993, has issued this response to Echols' appearance at a "fireside
chat" Monday with the Commercial Appeal in Memphis: “Much has
changed over the last twenty years, and that certainly includes
technology. What hasn't changed is the three monsters who murdered my
son remain as guilty of that crime today as they have since May 5, 1993.
“The appearance of convicted child killer Damien Echols, including
a cameo with his co-convict Jessie Misskelley, Jr., today at a Memphis
convention was insensitive, tasteless and outrageous. The only reason to
have Echols participate in a ‘fireside chat’ with a Commercial Appeal
business reporter was the same reason promoters used to put on freak
shows. Echols had nothing substantive to contribute other than his
infamy. Echols' murder of my son Michael and that dear child's two
friends is the only reason he was invited to discuss technology despite
whatever spin is put on it.
“I have grown almost accustomed to the
exploitation of the murder of my son. Tremendous amounts of profit have
been made off this tragedy. What the Commercial Appeal and those
convention sponsors did today, though, was a new low. I again want to
thank FedEx for having the courage and common decency not to be part of
this pathetic charade.
“Todd Moore-Father of murder victim Michael Moore”
FedEx pulled out of sponsorship of the business technology expo last week after learning of Echols’ involvement. Echols, Baldwin and Miskelley were released from prison in August 2010
after pleading guilty to brutally murdering Michael Moore, Stevie Branch
and Christopher Byers in 1993 in a wooded area off the service road in
West Memphis. The plea deal allowed them to maintain that they are
innocent despite the guilty pleas.
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