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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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Diana Davis ...
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Terry Wood ...
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Dick Clay ...
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Jenna Newton ...
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Gary Gitchell ...
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Tommy Stacy ...
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Todd Moore ...
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Dana Moore ...
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Jessie Misskelley Sr. ...
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Gail Grinnell ...
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Joe Hutchinson ...
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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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10 June 1996 (USA)  »

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

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Filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky spent 79 days over a 10-month period filming in the actual Arkansas locales. 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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Raises good questions, leaves others unasked.
11 May 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Not that it was gruesome -- it is, but I've done research involving reading coroner reports, so gruesome I can cope with. It was the unanswered questions and the unasked questions.

It seems so utterly implausible that a jury could have convicted any of the suspects that I wonder what the filmmakers did not show us. Specifically, I wonder about the fiber evidence, which was the only real physical evidence at all.

I could only rate this documentary a 7 out of 10 because of the unasked questions and the evidence we were not shown. I would like to have come away from watching Paradise Lost with a clearer understanding of what those jurors heard and saw that led them to their verdicts. Mind you, I don't think those boys did it -- I think that even fiber evidence could have been too flimsy to convict them. But I wish I had been left convinced.


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