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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:
Great Documentary 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
 
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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Runtime:
150 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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57 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Great Documentary, 3 April 2002
Author: (billybrown41@hotmail.com) from Kimberling City, MO.

I'll admit that I've never been too crazy about documentaries. For one thing, I think that they are generally biased and you are only seeing what the film-makers want you to see. Now, I watched Paradise Lost for several reasons. One, I've always been intrigued by peoples' ignorance and I'm still amazed at how quick they are to point a finger at something they know nothing about. Several years ago, I remember this story being all over the news, and the way it was presented then, it was very easy to believe that these three outcasts were the killers. I've been through West Memphis numerous times since the killings and I still get the chills everytime I pass by the Blue Beacon truckwash.

I sat down to this three hour film with a pretty open mind. While the film doesn't really answer any questions, it does bring a lot to mind and never takes sides on whether the boys did or didn't do it. That's what I admire about the film-makers. They managed to stay almost completely neutral, no matter what their feelings or opinions may have been on who the actual murderer(s) were.

Watching this movie is scary. I've polluted my mind over the years with just about every junk-horror movie that I could find and nothing has given me that icy feeling quite like this has. I've seen it three times now and it never loses its impact.

For those who don't know, here's the story: In West Memphis, three young children are found mutilated in a patch of woods just off the interstate. For no real reason whatsoever, three nonconformist teens are brought to trial, one of which has an I.Q. that is somewhere in the 70s. When he gives a very phony sounding confession, the trials begin with absolutely no other evidence to prove that the boys are guilty. Throughout the film, we meet each of the deceased boys parents, the defendents, and the defendents' families. Most angry of all are the parents of the Byers boy who was murdered. Now, before I get started on the step-father Mark Byers, I really want to say that I can totally empathize with the guy and his rage is completely understandable. However, what I really can't get past is the guy's bizarre behavior and the impression that he left me with. The guy takes up a lot of screen time. I know that the guy is a jeweler by trade and acting may not be his thing, but this is a DOCUMENTARY and while watching him, on more than several occasions I got a little confused. Yeah, the guy has some mental problems, he's on numerous medications, he's suffering from a brain tumor and he's going through some major grieving. But why does he act like he's been watching TOO much WWF? His lines are straight out of a BAD movie and if this is how the guy really is, I'm staying the hell out of this guy's way. Throughout the film there are several subtle (or not so subtle) indications that he may be a suspect. The fact that he gave one of the film-makers a bloody knife as a Christmas present more than proves that the guy is a little off his rocker. He even admitted to having beat the child the day that he was murdered.

Remember, there is absolutely NO physical evidence to pin on the accused and the only thing that got them there was a false confession given by a legally retarded teenager who had been interrogated for hours. Oh, and did I mention that his story KEPT changing? Listening to Jesse Misskelly, the time that the boys were murdered takes place all over the clock. Once, he states that the boys were murdered in the A.M. hours, then during broad daylight, then at night. I don't get it. It didn't matter to the jury. Two of the boys still got life sentences and the other (Damien Eckols) got the death sentence. His crime is that he had a fondness for wearing black, had a bad haircut, and a slight interest in Wicca...Not a whole lot different from myself. Anyway, there is also mention of another mysterious person who made an appearance in a Bojangles restaurant restroom, covered in blood. Oh yeah, that is another issue that is barely mentioned, and then dropped.

After seeing this movie, I was still terribly confused and my questions were still unanswered, but I guess that is the sign of a good documentary. I'm really glad that the film-makers stuck with the facts and never let their opions get in the way of making the film. The sequel is also very good, but still leaves nothing answered. Now, it's been several years since the first time I watched this but the boys are still in prison, still trying to get out. I reccomend this film to anyone who has ever been criticized for their appearance. It'll make you realize just how lucky you are, while questioning the justice system at the same time.

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