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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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Tony Brooks Tony Brooks ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Diana Davis Diana Davis ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Terry Wood Terry Wood ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Dick Clay Dick Clay ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Jenna Newton Jenna Newton ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Gary Gitchell Gary Gitchell ... Self
Tommy Stacy Tommy Stacy ... Self (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers Melissa Byers ... Self
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Self
Dana Moore Dana Moore ... Self
Pam Hobbs ... Self
Jessie Misskelley Sr. Jessie Misskelley Sr. ... Self
Gail Grinnell Gail Grinnell ... Self
Joe Hutchinson Joe Hutchinson ... Self
John Mark Byers ... Self
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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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In an intermission from Jessie's court case (around the 48 minute mark) some footage of the locale is shown. One of them is of a sign for the Parkview Motel, which offers HBO cable. HBO produced the documentary. See more »

Goofs

Damien reads this Shakespearean quote while on trial: "Life's but a walking shadow...full of sound and fury signifying nothing." He incorrectly refers to it as being from A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is fact a soliloquy famously from Macbeth. See more »

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John Mark Byers: 'Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.' And I'm not scared of the devil. I know who my comforter is. 'Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.' And I thank you, Lord for letting me be able to believe in that with all my heart. I hope y'all really believe in your master the Satan, Sleuthfoot, devil himself, 'cause he's not gonna help you. He's gonna laugh at you, mock at you, and torture you... they prayed to Satan... And they had their satanic worship ...
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The Call of Ktulu
By Metallica
Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Dave Mustaine
Produced by Metallica (uncredited)
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disturbing documentary
14 September 2002 | by chaosnbeerSee 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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10 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

America Undercover: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods See more »

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West Memphis, Arkansas, USA

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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