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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

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Tony Brooks ...
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Diana Davis ...
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Terry Wood ...
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Dick Clay ...
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Jenna Newton ...
Herself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Gary Gitchell ...
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Tommy Stacy ...
Himself (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers ...
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Todd Moore ...
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Diane Moore ...
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Jessie Misskelley Sr. ...
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Gail Grinnell ...
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Joe Hutchinson ...
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John Mark Byers ...
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Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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It's frightening to think they did it. It's terrifying to think they didn't.


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America Undercover: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods  »

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In August 2011, after eighteen years in prison, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, and Jessie Misskelley (known as "The West Memphis Three") entered an "Alford" plea (which allows them to maintain their innocence while simultaneously acknowledging that the state likely has enough evidence to convict them). They were given credit for the time they had already served and freed instantly. Echols said that if not for the films made about the case by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the Arkansas justice system "would have murdered me, swept this under the rug, and I wouldn't be anything but a memory right now." See more »

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Ford, Paul: Based on what you've heard up there, do you think Damien might have killed those three boys?
Jason Baldwin: [after a long pause] They make it seem like he did.
Ford, Paul: Do you think he did?
Jason Baldwin: I don't know.
Ford, Paul: Would you have a hard time letting him go if you were on the jury?
Jason Baldwin: Yeah.
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Beyond "Deliverance"
16 July 2001 | by (Corona, NY) – See all my reviews

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but the American courtroom is stranger, still. For the two hours during which I've watched this film I've gained a valuable insight into the nature of the witch trials. I feel powerless, as there is not much I can do to help these kids. But perhaps there is a lesson in it for us, and everyone who has seen the film should have taken some mental notes. First -- never name youself or your children 'Damien' -- especially if you live in the Bible Belt. And, as a general survival strategy, do not be the black sheep of the local community. There may come the time when your eccentric behavior alone will be used against you to sentence you to death.


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