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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills ()


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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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  • Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations.
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Cast

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Tony Brooks ...
Himself - KAIT-TV (archiveFootage)
Diana Davis ...
Herself - KAIT-TV (archiveFootage)
Terry Wood ...
Himself - KAIT-TV (archiveFootage)
Dick Clay ...
Himself - KAIT-TV (archiveFootage)
Jenna Newton ...
Herself - KAIT-TV (archiveFootage)
Gary Gitchell ...
Himself
Tommy Stacy ...
Himself (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers ...
Herself
Todd Moore ...
Himself
Dana Moore ...
Herself
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Herself
Jessie Misskelley Sr. ...
Himself
Gail Grinnell ...
Herself
Joe Hutchinson ...
Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself
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Himself (as Jessie Miskelly)
David Burnett ...
Himself - Judge
Darwin Stow ...
Himself - Sheriff
John N. Fogleman ...
Himself - Prosecutor
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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
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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 Carson ...
Himself - Witness (as Michael Roy Carson)
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 (archiveSound)
Jodee Medford ...
Herself (archiveSound)
Marty King ...
Himself
Regina Meek ...
Herself
Michael Deguglielmo ...
Himself - DNA Expert
Ron Lax ...
Himself - Private Investigator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Steven Branch ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Christopher Byers ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Michael Moore ...
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Himself (voice)

Directed by

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Joe Berlinger
Bruce Sinofsky

Produced by

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Joe Berlinger ... producer
Loren Eiferman ... associate producer
Jonathan Moss ... coordinating producer
Sheila Nevins ... executive producer
Bruce Sinofsky ... producer

Cinematography by

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Robert Richman

Film Editing by

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Joe Berlinger
Bruce Sinofsky

Editorial Department

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Paul Collins ... on-line editor
Charles Marsella ... on-line editor
M. Watanabe Milmore ... segment editor
Noelle Penraat ... negative matcher (as Noëlle Penraat)
Allan Rogers ... colorist

Sound Department

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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

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Bill Carrier III ... aerial photographer
James D. Cooper ... additional camera operator (as Douglas Cooper)
Paul Snow ... additional assistant camera
John Thoma ... second camera/ac

Music Department

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Alex Sinofsky ... music consultant: heavy metal music

Other crew

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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

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Mike Allen ... acknowledgment (as Lt. Mike Allen)
Rebecca Baron ... special thanks
Sarah Amalia Berlinger ... special thanks
Bill Bishop ... special thanks: 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
Claire Sinofsky ... special thanks
Tristan Sinofsky ... 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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines It's frightening to think they did it. It's terrifying to think they didn't. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • America Undercover: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods (United States)
  • Murder in West Memphis (United States)
  • Das verlorene Paradies - Die Kindermorde in Robin Hood Hills (Germany)
  • Paraíso perdido: los asesinatos de los niños de Robin Hood Hill (Spain)
  • Потерянный рай (Russia)
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  • 150 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia First feature film to contain licensed music of Metallica. The band was involved in raising public awareness of the accused. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The First Wives Club/Big Night/Surviving Picasso/Last Man Standing/Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Welcome Home (Sanitarium) See more »
Quotes Damien Wayne Echols: I knew from when I was real small people were gonna know who I was, I always had that feeling... I just never knew how they were gonna learn. I kind of enjoy it now because even after I die, people are gonna remember me forever. People are gonna talk about me for years. People in West Memphis will tell their kids stories... It'll be sorta like I'm the West Memphis boogie man. Little kids will be looking under their beds - "Damien might be under there!"
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