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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills -- A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

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Release Date:
10 June 1996 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It's frightening to think they did it. It's terrifying to think they didn't.
Plot:
A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
inspires frustration and ultimately, apathy See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tony Brooks ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Diana Davis ... Herself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Terry Wood ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Dick Clay ... Himself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Jenna Newton ... Herself - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Gary Gitchell ... Himself
Tommy Stacy ... Himself (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers ... Herself
Todd Moore ... Himself
Dana Moore ... Herself

Pam Hobbs ... Herself
Jessie Misskelley Sr. ... Himself
Gail Grinnell ... Herself
Joe Hutchinson ... Himself
John Mark Byers ... Himself

Jason Baldwin ... Himself

Damien Wayne Echols ... Himself

Jessie Misskelley ... Himself (as Jessie Miskelly)
David Burnett ... Himself - Judge
Darwin Stow ... Himself - Sheriff
John N. Fogleman ... Himself - Prosecutor

Dan Stidham ... Himself - Attorney
Lee Rush ... Herself
Shelby Misskelley ... Herself
Mike Allen ... Himself (as Det. Mike Allen)
Bryn Ridge ... Himself (as Det. Bryn Ridge)
Susie Brewer ... Herself
Terry Hobbs ... Himself
William E. Wilkins ... Himself (as Dr. William E. Wilkins)
Gregory L. Crow ... Himself - Attorney
Warren D. Holmes ... Himself - Defense Expert
Richard J. Ofshe ... Himself (as Dr. Richard J. Ofshe)
Brent Davis ... Himself - Prosecutor
Wayne Hoffman ... Himself - Reporter
Paul N. Ford ... Himself - Attorney
Dale W. Griffis ... Himself (as Dr. Dale W. Griffis)
Pam Echols ... Herself
Michelle Echols ... Herself
Val P. Price ... Himself - Attorney
Marie Hicks ... Herself - Branch's Grandmother
Jackie Hicks ... Himself - Branch's Grandfather
Michael Roy Carson ... Himself - Witness
James Rasicot ... Himself (as Dr. James Rasicot)
Robin Wadley ... Himself - Attorney
Scott R. Davidson ... Himself - Attorney
Frank J. Peretti ... Himself (as Dr. Frank J. Peretti)
Domini Teer ... Herself
Christy Van Vickle ... Herself (archive sound)
Jodee Medford ... Herself (archive sound)
Marty King ... Himself
Regina Meek ... Herself
Michael Deguglielmo ... Himself - DNA Expert
Ron Lax ... Himself - Private Investigator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Berlinger ... Himself (voice)
Steven Branch ... Himself (archive footage)
Christopher Byers ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Moore ... Himself (archive footage)

Bruce Sinofsky ... Himself (voice)

Directed by
Joe Berlinger 
Bruce Sinofsky 
 
Produced by
Joe Berlinger .... producer
Loren Eiferman .... associate producer
Jonathan Moss .... coordinating producer
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Bruce Sinofsky .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Robert Richman 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Berlinger 
Bruce Sinofsky 
 
Sound Department
Jason Candler .... sound editor
Rick Dior .... re-recording mixer
Dennis Fierman .... sound editor
Bernard Hayden .... post-production sound
Michael Karas .... sound recordist
Dow McKeever .... sound editor
Marsha McKeever .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Carrier III .... aerial photographer
James D. Cooper .... additional camera operator (as Douglas Cooper)
Paul Snow .... additional assistant camera
John Thoma .... second camera/ac
 
Editorial Department
Paul Collins .... on-line editor
Charles Marsella .... on-line editor
M. Watanabe Milmore .... segment editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative matcher
Allan Rogers .... colorist
 
Music Department
Alex Sinofsky .... music consultant: heavy metal music
 
Other crew
Nancy J. Cooper .... production accountant
Richard Hofstetter .... legal services
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
M. Watanabe Milmore .... trial segment editor
Sabrina Padwa .... legal services
Maura Wogan .... legal services
 
Thanks
Mike Allen .... acknowledgment (as Lt. Mike Allen)
Rebecca Baron .... special thanks
Sarah Amalia Berlinger .... special thanks
Bill Bishop .... special thanks (as Bill Bishop Warner Special Products)
G. Blair .... acknowledgment (as Det. G. Blair)
Florence Boissinot .... special thanks
T. Bradley .... acknowledgment (as Det. T. Bradley)
S. Burch .... acknowledgment (as Det. S. Burch)
David Burnett .... acknowledgment (as Hon. David Burnett)
Cliff Burnstein .... acknowledgment
Kathleen Burt .... special thanks
Will Corporon .... special thanks (as Will Corporan KAIT)
Amy Cruce .... special thanks
C. Dabbs .... acknowledgment (as Det. C. Dabbs)
Dave Dapper .... special thanks (as Dave Dapper WMCT)
Brent Davis .... acknowledgment
Bill Durham .... acknowledgment (as Sgt. Bill Durham)
Jack Eiferman .... special thanks (as Jack Eiferman Esq)
Larry Emison .... acknowledgment
Jonathan Epstein .... special thanks (as Jonathan Epstein WMCT)
Barbara Fisher .... acknowledgment (as Barbara Fisher)
John N. Fogleman .... acknowledgment (as Hon. John N. Fogleman)
Gary Gitchell .... acknowledgment (as Inspector Gary Gitchell)
Lisa Gossels .... special thanks
S. Griffin .... acknowledgment (as Det. S. Griffin)
Diane Hester .... acknowledgment (as Lt. Diane Hester)
Wayne Hoffman .... special thanks
Philip E. Kaplan .... special thanks (as Philip E. Kaplan Esq)
Ron Lax .... acknowledgment
Bob Mastronardi .... special thanks
John Maysles .... special thanks
Peter Mensch .... acknowledgment
Zue Miko .... special thanks
Tony Mitchell .... acknowledgment (as Capt. Tony Mitchell)
Paul Morrison .... special thanks
Jenna Newton .... special thanks
Richard J. Ofshe .... special thanks (as Dr. Richard J. Ofshe)
Peter Paterno .... special thanks (as Peter Paterno Esq)
Dewayne Phelan .... special thanks
Velma Phelan .... special thanks
Bryn Ridge .... acknowledgment (as Sgt. Bryn Ridge)
Bobby Sanders .... acknowledgment (as Chief Bobby Sanders)
Kate Schultz .... special thanks
Alex Sinofsky .... special thanks
Tristan Sinofsky .... special thanks
Claire Snofsky .... special thanks
Lisa Socransky .... special thanks (as Lisa Socransky Esq.)
Joia Specolo .... special thanks
Dan Stidham .... acknowledgment (as Daniel T. Stidham Esq)
Darwin Stow .... acknowledgment
Julia Strohm .... special thanks
James Sudbury .... acknowledgment (as Lt. James Sudbury)
Robin Wadley .... acknowledgment (as Robin Wadley Esq)
Rachel Woodridge .... special thanks (as Rachel Woodridge WREG)
W.A. Wren .... acknowledgment (as Chief W.A. Wren)
Kathy Zotnowski .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"America Undercover: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods" - USA (series title)
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150 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
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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32 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
inspires frustration and ultimately, apathy, 28 March 2002
Author: strauss12 from Los Angeles, CA

Despite all the praise this documentary has received, I did not find it very moving at all. Granted, it was a horrible crime, and the footage of the three young victims' bodies was shocking and almost unwatchable. But most of this film serves only to expose the extreme incompetence of everyone involved in the case. With regard to the wrongly(?) accused boys -- never have I seen three innocent people put up such a weak, pathetic fight for their innocence. Most of the time, they stare doe-eyed and slack-jawed in front of the camera, seemingly uninterested in their own fates. Sure, these boys were only 16-17 years old and very scared, but they seem to have no intuition for survival whatsoever in this life-or-death situation. Any realistic grasp of the situation eludes these boys completely -- they behave almost as if they're playing a part in a movie. It is quite possible, and perhaps even probable, that they are indeed innocent, but they themselves do not seem to care, and so dear viewer, why should you? The overwhelming impression I get from these boys is that they lead very boring lives in a very stagnant town, and they know that this whole case is the most exciting thing that will ever happen to them. They seem interested not in the issue of their guilt or innocence, but rather in the surreal quality of their quasi-celebrity (in the end, Damien waxes romantic over the notion that his name will become famous in West Memphis as a synonym for "bogeyman", scaring generations of children to come). They are genuinely pleased with all of the attention they're receiving -- not that they have much to say, but they're just happy that someone is asking.

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