Some Closure for the West Memphis Three in 'Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory'

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On May 5, 1993, the bodies of three 8-year-old boys were found murdered by a creek in West Memphis, Arkansas. One month later, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were arrested and later convicted of brutally raping, mutilating and killing the boys. After spending 18 years in prison, they were released after entering Alford pleas, a controversial plea in which defendants plead guilty while maintaining their innocence. The "Paradise Lost" trilogy has traced all of the case's developments.

Directors Joseph Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have been following the case since 1993, and the first film in their series, "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills," released in 1996, was largely responsible for attracting national attention to the West Memphis Three. The third film in the trilogy, "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory," has been nominated for an academy award in the feature documentary category.


Joseph Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

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WM3 info from Indianapolis

A lot of people believe the WM3 were not innocent but that they were guilty as charged and that they committed the crime. The 3 were found guilty by a unanimous jury the first time. The 3 plead guilty instead of waiting for a trial the second time.

The one sided movies and websites about this case leave out the evidence showing why they were found guilty.

Misskelley (one of the 3) confessed three separate times, once with his lawyer present. Misskelley also told two other people about the crime before he was arrested. Baldwin (one of the 3) told someone else he committed the crimes. Echols (one of the 3) was seen in muddy clothes near the crime scene. Echols is reported to have either told or bragged about the crime to four people before he was arrested.

Echols had a history of psychiatric treatment and psychotic behavior. His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood.

Echols' stated under cross-examination that he was interested in the occult. A funeral register found in his room with hand-drawn pentagrams and upside-down crosses. Echols' journal contained morbid images and references to dead children. There is also a police report about Damien Echols stomping and killing a dog.

Todd and Dana Moore, parents of murder victim Michael Moore, wrote a public letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences urging them not to honor Paradise Lost 3. They state that the movie misrepresents the case and that they believe the 3 were guilty.

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Feb. 22 2012 10:24 PM

i think its wonderful what HBO has done for our men here! I'm still donating monthly in hopes of getting their names cleared completely so they can truly be free men...i would love to see them get some compensation for all their time wrongfully locked up! they deserve at least that much!

Feb. 22 2012 06:58 PM

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