Much of the anger against the conviction comes from the lack of forensic evidence and even lack of motive, with all the murders ascribed to a "satanic ritual." The prosecution used the three's predilection towards black clothing and heavy metal as justification for the entire case. At the time of the case, there was a "moral panic" about the threat of satanic child abuse, even though it was later found that there was little or no cause for it.
The three have had a number of high profile supporters including Henry Rollins who released 2002's Rise Above - 24 Black Flag Songs in support, Joe Strummer, Supersuckers, Tom Waits and others contributed to another benefit compilation, Free the West Memphis 3 . Jello Biafra has spoken at length about the issue, as have South Park's Trey Parker, actress Winona Ryder, actor Johnny Depp and many others.