Cognitive Biases…is what ails Joan M Wheeler/Doris M Sippel!

Reclaiming the Sippel-Herr Family Honor

Cognitive Biases…is what ails Joan Wheeler!

An article written by Jennifer L. Mnookin: The ‘West Memphis Three’ and combating cognitive biases….Pioneer Press Updated: 08/26/2011

Gert’s note: after this article I shall present my observations about cognitive biases. Within this article I shall place blocks of text in italic that I shall use for my observations, following the article….see end of post for updated info

Last week, the “West Memphis Three” were released from prison, having spent half their lives – 18 years – behind bars for crimes they almost certainly didn’t commit. So what made prosecutors and investigators sure they had the right guys, and why were those beliefs, once established, so hard to reverse?

The crimes for which the three Memphis men were convicted were brutal. Three 8-year-old Cub Scouts were found dead, hogtied and apparently mutilated. The police decided early on that it was likely the boys had been victims…

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