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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime | 13 October 2012 (Brazil)
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A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Gitchell ...
Himself - Former Chief Investigator, West Memphis Police (archive footage)
Todd Moore ...
Himself - Parent of Michael Moore (archive footage)
Dana Moore ...
Herself - Parent of Michael Moore (archive footage)
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Herself - Mother of Stevie Branch (archive footage)
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Himself - Stepfather of Stevie Branch
Melissa Byers ...
Herself - Mother of Christopher Byers (archive footage)
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Himself - Stepfather of Christopher Byers
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Himself - Perpetrator (as Damien Echols)
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Himself - Perpetrator
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Himself - Perpetrator (as Jessie Misskelley Jr.)
John Philipsborn ...
Himself - Post-Conviction Attorney for Jason Baldwin
Don Horgan ...
Himself - Post-Conviction Attorney for Damien Echols
John N. Fogleman ...
Himself - Prosecuting Attorney (as John Fogleman)
Mike Allen ...
Himself - Detective, West Memphis Police (archive footage)
Domini Teer ...
Herself - Suspect's Girlfriend (archive footage)
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In 1993, a horrific triple child murder was discovered in West Memphis, Arkansas, but the reaction to it precipitated a horror of its own. This film follows up on the story of the three boys, called the West Memphis Three, who were convicted for this crime with questionable evidence. For years, the boys' fate sparked a mass movement striving to prove their innocence while the state is equally determined to avoid admitting it could have been wrong. Through the swirl of new evidence and suspects, the Three tell their own tale about enduring this injustice against the opinions of the victim's families in a debate that eventually came to an inadequate resolution. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Todd and Dana Moore, the parents of 8 year-old victim Michael, wrote a letter to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences asking that the film be removed from consideration. In the letter they said that the film glorifies Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Director Joe Berlinger had in fact acknowledged during an interview with salon.com that he determined Echols was innocent after speaking with him for five minutes prior to the trial. Despite the Moore's request(or perhaps because of it) the film was nominated for Best Documentary, Features for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. It lost to Undefeated (2011). See more »

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Damien Wayne Echols: If I focused on the things I can't change, the things that have hurt me, what people have done to me, then they would have already broken me. They would have killed me inside and out. I can get up in the morning and I don't feel sorry for myself, I don't hate my life. You have a lot of people in here that all they can think about is what they don't have and how much they want out and how much they want something else. But for some reason, this situation has helped me to see more of what I do ...
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A powerful, if frustrating, conclusion to the Paradise Lost films
24 June 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A powerful, if frustrating, conclusion to the Paradise Lost films which chronicle the extremely questionable conviction of 3 high school aged young men for the horrible murder of three little boys. Despite the fact that the case against the three was absurdly weak, seeming to be based as much on the idea that they acted 'strange', or listened to heavy metal music as in any hard evidence (the strongest 'evidence' being a recanted confession given by one of the young men with an IQ of 72, who was questioned without council for 12 hours, and with no recording or transcripts of what went on in the first 11 hours. And even then, the confession was full of factual mistakes).

This third film picks up with the men having been in prison for 15 years, and finally moving towards possible exoneration under pressure on the Arkansas justice system from across the country and even the world. Mostly the film focuses on the uncovering of yet another possible 'real' killer (although the 2nd film also did so and pointed convincingly at the wrong man, showing just how hard it is to ever fully know the truth). It also shows the lengths to which those involved in the first trial, especially the judge, put their own reputation and their inability to admit error, or even questions, above a search for true justice.

The film has it's flaws; it spends a lot of time re-capping the story, and never seems to acknowledge how confusing the issue of guilt is, as the 2nd film showed in seeming to point at the wrong man for being 'weird', just as the trial did with the 3. Also the dramatic conclusion feels tacked on and incomplete – not the fault of the filmmakers, as much as of timing. The film was essentially done when the directors had to race to Memphis to film a climax that ended up more like an epilogue than it should.

But this is an important document of just how easily the legal system can fail when prejudice and self-interest come into play – as they will continue to do as long as we are human and frail creatures.


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