Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

DVD - 2005
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Damien Echols is a teen who dresses in all black and listens to heavy metal. He and his two friends are accused of the murder of three little boys, and are instantly condemned by a retribution-hungry public. Now they try to defend themselves against a dubious lack of proof.
Publisher: [United States] : Docurama ; New York : Distributed by New Video Group, [2005]
ISBN: 9780767085908
0767085906
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.152 Par

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Nursebob
Jun 02, 2017

The trial scenes are absolutely riveting, the interviews both illuminating and heartbreaking (crime scene photos are almost unwatchable), but the sense of sloppy jurisprudence from both sides is inescapable. Seldom has a documentary exploring the question of guilt or innocence been so absorbing. Note: this is the first part of a trilogy exploring the trial and subsequent fallout of the so-called “West Memphis Three”.

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LittleNoName
Jul 11, 2016

Heartbreaking would be the one word I would use to sum up this movie. No matter what way you look at it or what you believe (guilty or not) its just heartbreaking.
I personally believe they are innocent & this documentry only helped confirm this to me. The police totally dropped the ball & their is a serial killer out there. Scary to think about.

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akirakato
Jul 09, 2015

This is a 2005 documentary directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.
This dark odyssey began with the tragic murders of three 8-year-old boys, whose nude bodies were discovered in a shallow creek in West Memphis, Arkansas.
One of the victims was castrated.
The community demanded justice, and one month later the police arrested three local teenagers accused of sacrificing the boys as part of a Satanic ritual.
Despite overwhelming public antipathy towards them, the defendants steadfastly maintained their innocence.
Although the trial produced virtually no phisical evidence connecting the defendants to the crime, the community as well as the police believed that they had the killers because the yound men's pemchant for heavy metal music and black clothing and fascination with the Wicca religion as evidence of their crime.
From actual courtroom footage and clandestine jailhouse interviews with those kids, I think these teenagers are innocent.

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BlueHippo
May 27, 2014

This film was made in 2005, so it is a precursor to "Devil's Knot". I thought, given the time at which it was done, that it was pretty well done. Yes, it shows photos of the boys who were killed, but I did not find that those were over-used. This is a documentary, not a docu-drama. It does make you wonder about the guilt or innocence of these young men.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 04, 2014

As excellent documentary on the trial and conviction of the "West Memphis 3" some 20 year ago. Apparently this story is still ongoing with recent, new DNA technology brought into the equation by the defense team. It does make you question one example of the US judicial system.

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Jedwards2
Nov 07, 2012

I don't recommend this documentary. It wasn't like most true crime shows or documentaries. It gave a great deal of air time to the actual photos (uncensored) of the three dead boys. It was extremely disturbing and disgusting.

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juditsky
Jan 23, 2012

This documentary shows humanity at its worst. 3 innocent lives are lost in the most horrific way possible and 3 more have theirs taken away by an inept police force and a jury that requires no physical evidence to sentence someone to death.

This is a good documentary, but the subject matter makes it difficult to watch.

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Mobama68
Jan 16, 2012

Jason Baldwin was recently on the Today Show after his release. This DVD was very interesting.

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V_ANTUMA
Mar 19, 2010

Please note that this case is Real and that these young men are currently in jail without any actual proof of been the real killers. For more intormation Google WM3. Also try "Devil's knot"

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Jul 11, 2016

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 04, 2014

Violence: Brief images and repeated verbal description of brutal violence done to three 8-year old children. Can be very disturbing to some.

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