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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

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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)
Terry Hobbs ...
Himself - Stepfather of Stevie Branch
Melissa Byers ...
Herself - Mother of Christopher Byers (archive footage)
John Mark Byers ...
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 (archive footage) (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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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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15 January 2012 | by (Las vegas, NV, USA) – See all my reviews

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Excellent use of first person video archives to bring the viewer up to date regarding the crime, it's casualties, and developments. Smashing use of new video interviews, study of involvement and final results of the entire episode surrounding the three accused in this criminal case. The documentary is well put together. Video and sound are excellent.

This is a true historical document that shows a "Crime in America" from start to bitter end. My twenty six year as a law enforcement officer of which twenty were as a death investigator give me a unique opinion of case facts.

It was a genuinely interesting experience for me to look at this documentary from an outside perspective using no real explored physical evidence or deduction.

It intrigued me to follow the case through media coverage, photographic and video graphic statements, as well as personal thoughts, assumptions, and fabrications. This was absolutely what could be expected for the information available to the general public. I have never had to look at information in this manner of privacy and what is available for the average citizen.


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