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October 1999              Academy of Behavioral Profiling - Pebble Beach, CA

March 2002                University of Arkansas at Little Rock

April 2002                   Nebraska Wesleyan University- Forensic Science Program,

                                     Lincoln, Nebraska

September 2002         International University, Naples, FL

March 2004                Equal Justice Works Symposium for the Wrongfully

                                     Accused - University of Arkansas School of Law

October 2005              Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, Tupelo, MS

November 2005          Fort Hays University, Fort Hays, KS

April 2006                   University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

November 2006         Blackman High School, Murfeesboro, TN

November 2006         Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

April 2006                   University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

April 2007                   University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

April 2008                   University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

April 2008                   Arkansas State University, Heber Springs, AR

April 2009                   West Virginia School of Law - Morgantown, WV

March 24, 2011            University of Memphis

April 2011                     Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

November 2011           Northwestwern School of Law- Chicago, IL

April 2012                    William Bowen School of Law- Little Rock, AR

February 2013             National Association of Legal Investigators, Memphis, TN

October 2013               LSU Law School - Baton Rougue, LA

April 10, 2014              Catonsville High School, Baltimore, Maryland

October 25, 2014         Oregon Paralegal Association Annual Meeting, Seaside, Oregon

December 5, 2014       Catonsville High School, Baltimore, Maryland

October 16, 2015          Arkansas Legal Services Partnership Statewide Conference

November 12, 2015     Catonsville High School, Baltimore, Maryland

February 23, 2016       Paragould High School, Paragould, Arkansas

November 18, 2016     Catonsville High School, Baltimore, MD

February 1, 2017          University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas

March 21, 2017             National Association of Legal Professionals (WebEd Seminar)

April 19, 2017               University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas

November 10, 2017     Catonsville High School, Baltimore, MD

April 6, 2018                Catonsville High School, Baltimore, MD

April 18, 2018               University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas

April 28, 2018               The Association for Arkansas Legal Support Professionals

July 1, 2018                   Interview with Bob Ruff on the Truth & Justice Podcast: Dan Stidham  Speaks

November 12, 2018      Catonsville High School, Baltimore, MD

March 15, 2019             Interview with Mark Sevi, Dan Stidham Joins Mark Sevi: Plotpoints Podcast

March 30, 2019            Interview with Mark Sevi: Whoever Writes Monsters Podcast

April 25, 2019               University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas

July 19, 2019                 Guest Speaker: The WM3 Case- Retired Law Enforcement Officer Banquet, Paragould, Arkansas

September 27, 2019     National Association for Legal Professionals (NALS), Little Rock, Arkansas

November 2019           Catonsville High School, Baltimore, Maryland

April 15, 2020               Web Seminar- Catonsville High School, Baltimore, Maryland

October 30, 2020         Web Seminar- Catonsville High School, Baltimore, Maryland




Satanic Panic and Defending the West Memphis Three:

How Cultural Differences Can Play a Major Role in

Criminal Cases, The University of Memphis Law Review,

Volume 42, Number 4 (Summer 2012)

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John Grisham meet Dan Stidham

Fiction pales against a Paragould lawyer's real life trial in a

triple child slaying.


Today, three years later, you walk into the Stidham law office in Paragould and so much has changed. For one thing, on this day in midweek the place is quiet. The phone rings regularly, but not incessantly the way it did back then. The reception area has been refurbished, and the lawbook-lined conference room straight ahead is neat and unoccupied--no half-eaten sandwiches, no takeout cartons, no crumpled paper and chewed pencils. The only obvious sign to events past is the large stack of storage boxes marked "J.M." on the conference room floor just inside the door. There are, however, some less-than-obvious signs. One is that the name on the outside of the building is simply Stidham Law Firm instead of the former Stidham & Crow. Beyond that, the signs grow even less obvious. To notice those, you'd have to spend some time with the attorney-in-residence here, Daniel T. Stidham. He's a big man, a former high school football player, and he's much younger than you might've expected.


Ryder to the Rescue

Winona headlines celebs at art show for West Memphis Three


LOS ANGELES (2003)—Overlooking a crowd of thousands in downtown Los Angles, Winona Ryder didn’t mince words. “We believe a terrible injustice happened 10 years ago,” the doe-eyed celeb, a cordon of lights illuminating her in the darkness. “An injustice that involved six young lives. Three are dead. Three are holed up in prison for crimes that we and millions across America believe they did not commit.”


Three at Last

Gentleman's Quarterly (December 2011)

By: Sean Flynn

They are notorious for, and can never escape, a crime they didn’t commit. Eighteen years ago, three teenagers in Arkansas were falsely accused of the murders of three young boys. It was an astounding abuse of justice, and it was all caught on film, in a series of HBO documentaries that gained a cult following and led celebrities like Johnny Depp and Eddie Vedder to take up the cause. Suddenly released this summer, the west memphis three are now free to pick up their lives—if they can even find them.




Tipped Scales

By Justin Sayles June 9, 2021


‘Paradise Lost’ debuted on HBO, bringing the story of the West Memphis Three to TV sets and showing the power of the camera in the courtroom. A quarter-century later, what does the documentary tell us about citizen activism, the criminal justice system, and the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and ’90s?

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Vanity Fair Magazine

By: Joanna Robison

January 13, 2019


The West Memphis Three: True Detective  Season 3 centers on the case of 12- and 10-year-old siblings Will and Julie Purcell, who, on the day Steve McQueen died and a harvest moon rose, disappeared while riding their bikes in fictional West Fingers, Arkansas... Given the striking tableau of three young men in a purple Volkswagen, the discussion of Satanic references in teen music, and the setting of rural Arkansas, there can be no doubt of the clearest true-crime parallel in this first episode of Season 3. 

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