21 March 2013 4:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

There have been many feature-length documentaries over the years that have explored the same subject matter. Docs about the Holocaust have almost become a sub-genre (and usually get a slot in the Oscar nominations becoming a go to entry in Oscar ballot contests). There have been several about different wars, particularly World War II and Vietnam. Many profile celebrities and music genres. Then, there are the true crime films. Usually they begin with the crime, follow-through with the police investigation, and conclude with the trial. It’s a popular format on broadcast TV with CBS’s “48 Hours” and fictionalized with the long-running “Law and Order” franchise. There’s also a few cable channels just devoted to these stories. It’s still surprising that one true crime story has inspired countless TV reports and investigations in addition to four (!) full-length documentaries. I’m talking about the gruesome murder of three 8-year old boys in West Memphis, »

- Jim Batts

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