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

The investigators are now filing

in and the reporters are getting ready

to cover this news conference.

Many parents in the community

will be breathing a sigh of relief

if this indeed is the break

that police have been waiting for.

Chief Inspector Gary Gitchell

is about to begin,

and he's also bringing in

some photographs.

Obviously these will probably be

photographs of the suspects.

Of course, suspects unofficially

at this point, although many believe

in this triple murder

of the three 8-year-old boys.

Arrested at 2:
44 p.m., Thursday,

June the 3rd, 1993.

Jessie Lloyd Misskelley.

Jessie Misskelley is 17 years of age.

Charles Jason Baldwin.

He is 16 years of age.

Michael Wayne Echols.

Mr. Echols is 18 years of age.

He is charged with three counts

of capital murder.

Were you surprised

when these guys were arrested?

I was surprised about Jason

because he's, like, the quiet one

of them all.

But I wasn't surprised about

Jessie Misskelley and Damien Echols,

because I just expected it out of them

sooner or later.


When the police

were asking for clothing

so they could give it to the dogs

to pick up scent,

the bandana here was the only thing

that I had in my household

that had Stevie's scent on it.

I've never washed it.

When I get the need to just want

to feel him again, um,

I'll grab it and I'll hug it,

and I'm so thankful

I feel an embrace back.

I was walking the route

to take Stevie to school,

and I checked him out,

I believe, at 2:

Stevie told me a hundred times,

probably a thousand, on the way home:

"I love you, mama." "I love you too, son."

And it was just constant.

We got home, first thing I asked him,

"Do you have any homework?"

He said, "I did, but I did it in school."

And he hung his homework

on the refrigerator.

And Michael Moore came up,

and they started asking,

could Stevie go to Michael's house?

And I said, "No, I'm getting ready

for work, I'm cooking supper."

Both of them,

you know, begging:

"Please, please, please,

we'll be back," and all that.

I gave in and I said, "Okay." I said,

"But, boy, you better be home by 4:30.

If you're not, I'm gonna ground you

for two weeks from that bike."

I'm gonna say Christopher

probably arrived at the house

around 3:
35 maybe,

and he asked me if Stevie was there.

I told him, I said, "I'm surprised you didn't run

into him because him and Michael just left."

He left and he was gonna go

searching for Stevie and Michael.

Uh, well, around 4:45, Stevie had...

Still hadn't arrived.

Terry came in. I told Terry,

"Well, let's go ahead and leave."

We went ahead,

and he took me to work.

My night at work was a normal night.

Terry walked in, to the phone,

didn't say hi, bye, nothing.

He just walked to the phone,

and I took two pieces of candy

to the car and Amanda was there,

and I asked her, "Where's Bubba?"

And she said, "Mama, we can't find him."

And I thought the worst,

that he was dead.

I got out of the car, went through

this door, got out of my uniform,

put sweats on and put a T-shirt on.

Because all I was trying to focus on

is where's Stevie, where's he at,

and I gotta get out there,

and I gotta start searching.

Last time we saw him

was about 6:
30 yesterday evening.

What's...? Give me your name.

My name is Mark Byers.

Okay. Has your son...?

Has this ever happened before?

None of the boys have ever

gone off anywhere.

None of the three have ever been

missing or taken off ever before.

What's going through your mind

as a parent?

I'm scared to death.

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