Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Synopsis: In 1993, a horrific triple child murder was discovered in West Memphis, Arkansas, but the reaction to it precipitated a horror of its own. This film follows up on the story of the three boys, called the West Memphis Three, who were convicted for this crime with questionable evidence. For years, the boys' fate sparked a mass movement striving to prove their innocence while the state is equally determined to avoid admitting it could have been wrong. Through the swirl of new evidence and suspects, the Three tell their own tale about enduring this injustice against the opinions of the victim's families in a debate that eventually came to an inadequate resolution.
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Tony brooks:
cameras are rolling

on every word and movement

Of the west Memphis

murder trials

As reporters scurry

to get the story.

But as Deirdre Koon


The crew behind one camera

isn't chasing a story.

They're creating

a comment on society.

Deirdre Koon:
this is the

scene at the corning courthouse-

The defense, the prosecution,

and this film crew

Getting ready

for the day ahead.

These New York filmmakers

spent the last eight months

Getting to intimately know the

people involved in the case.

The filmmakers are considering

calling the documentary

"Paradise lost. " They expect

it to air on HBO in about a year.


is it fair to say

That following

the HBO documentaries,

- The "paradise lost" documentaries...

- Yes.

- ... There became sort

of a public- - That's-

Let me finish my question,

Im sorry-

There became

sort of a public debate

Or controversy about whether

the west Memphis three

- Had been wrongfully convicted?

- Yes.

And that public


And I understand

your position

That it was caused

by the documentaries,

But that public


Really did expand to be

a national controversy?


It's almost a cause.

Mark byers:

last time we saw them,

The three boys were

riding bikes together,

And they headed down towards a

wooded area at the end of the street,

Which was about 6:30

yesterday evening.

And they're always

in the house before dark.

None of the three

have ever been missing

Or taken off

ever before.

Male reporter:
what's going

through your mind as a parent?

I'm scared to death.

That's, you know,

plain and simple.

I'm scared for the safety

and welfare of all three boys

And would appreciate any

help that anyone would give us

In recovering

our three sons.

welcome to where time

stands still

no one leaves

and no one will...

Green one

on the left side there,

Red one on

the right side.

dream the same thing

every night

I see our freedom

in my sights...

Man over radio:

let nobody come up here.

Don't let nobody

in here.

my brain

seem scarred

sleep, my friend,

and you will see

the dream is

my reality

they keep me locked up

in this cage

can't they see

it's why my brain says



leave me be


just leave me alone...

( wailing )

build my fear

of what's out there

cannot breathe

the open air...

Jenna newton:

west Memphis investigators

Continue to track down

leads in the case,

But they still have

no suspects.

We've got 28,000-30,000

people in west Memphis.

And as far as Im concerned,

everybody's a suspect.

Diana Davis:
instead of letting

their kids walk home from school,

Parents started

picking them up.

Jenna newton:
and in this

middle-Class neighborhood,

People wonder why no one has

been arrested for the murders.

Diana Davis:
the reward for

information leading to the conviction

Of the killer or killers

has skyrocketed

And is now at $25,000.

All of west Memphis-

All of west Memphis

is just torn up.

( Child crying )

Get out of the way

of the van.

Male reporter:
people in west

Memphis gathered in church today

To count

their blessings

After an emotional week

capped by the arrests.

For more than a month,

the savage murders

Of Steve Branch, Chris Byers,

and Michael Moore

Had nagged

people's conscience.

Jenna newton:
at a press conference,

inspector Gary Gitchell said

The case against the accused

teens is very strong.

on the scale from one to 10,

how solid do you think the case is?

( Laughter, applause )

Jessie Miskelly, Damien

Echols, and Jason Baldwin

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