Triple Tragedy

March 7, 1993

I hope God shows a little mercy on his soul, because I sure wouldn't.

— Mark Byers on the person who murdered his son, Christopher, and two other 8-year-old boys in West Memphis.

West Memphis Patrolman G.C. Masengale comforts Mark Byers, on May 6, 1993. Byers’ son Christopher was one of three 8-year-olds found slain and submerged in a creek in a wooded area near Ten Mile Bayou and the dead end of McAuley Drive West in West Memphis. Byers characterized his son’s killer as an "animal." "I hope God shows a little mercy on his soul, because I sure wouldn’t," he said. (Dave Darnell/The Commercial Appeal)

West Memphis Patrolman G.C. Masengale comforts Mark Byers, on May 6, 1993. Byers’ son Christopher was one of three 8-year-olds found slain and submerged in a creek in a wooded area near Ten Mile Bayou and the dead end of McAuley Drive West in West Memphis. Byers characterized his son’s killer as an "animal." "I hope God shows a little mercy on his soul, because I sure wouldn’t," he said. (Dave Darnell/The Commercial Appeal)