West of Memphis

Synopsis: West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, the filmmakers' unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and disturbing new information about a case that still haunts the American South.
Director(s): Amy Berg
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 9 nominations.
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147 min

That's, you know, plain and simple.

I'm scared for the safety

and welfare of all three boys.

That particular day, I'd

called the West Memphis P.D.

The dispatcher Lucy

answered the phone.

She said, "We've had three children

missing since last night."

I said, "Well, you know,

I'm gonna go help too."

I'm not seeing anything.

Not seeing no kids running around

on bicycles or nothing.

And then I thought

about Robin Hood Trails

as I was driving down Goodwyn,

and I said:

"Well I'll... I'm gonna go over there,

just get out and walk around."

I was looking around, you know,

just physically looking out and about.

And then I looked

into the small ditch.

That's where I saw the tennis shoe at.

I called

West Memphis Police Department

to have Mike Allen

meet me out here.

And so I showed him the area

of the tennis shoe.

And Mike had said

he was going to take it out.

Mike fell into the water.

I was looking down on him like this.

He looked up and I said, "What?"

And he said, "it feels like my leg

is caught on something."

Like a log or something."

And Mike fell backwards,

and when he fell backwards,

his leg came up...

and one of the little bodies

was on his leg.

From the moment they

told me Stevie was dead,

I really lost it,

lost all touch with reality.

Pam Hobbs' son,

Steve, and two of his friends

were found murdered

Thursday before last.

It's more a part of my

life than I would like it to be.

Because frankly I'd like to be able

to not have those three 8-year-old boys'

pictures in my mind.

What you found, you found three boys

that had been hog-tied

and thrown in the water.

It appeared

that they had been sexually mutilated.

That appears to be cult-related.

The West Memphis Police Department

a lot of times would ask me about

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