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

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1996 (USA)
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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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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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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.
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disturbing documentary
14 September 2002 | by (Springfield,MO) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this documentary when it appeared on HBO and being completly disgusted. This was a witch hunt. The trial of these boys was based more on their look and taste in music more than actual hard evidence. I grew up around this area and I know exactly what it's like to be a noncormist..you're automatically accused of being a satanist and associated with murders just because you look and think a certain way. Now I can't honestly sit here and say that these boys didn't do it..because I don't know..it's possible..and my heart tells me they didn't..but ya know i'd look like an ass if the evidence came up that they did. What disgusted me was the trial..and the assassination of the boys . There was no real concrete facts..just their lifestyle of music and fashion. The second one focused more on the father of the murdered children..all evidence pointed at him and away from the boys..just my opinion. This is a disturbing look at corrupted justice in the Bible belt.

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