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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 Gary Gitchell ... Self - Former Chief Investigator, West Memphis Police (archive footage)
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Self - Parent of Michael Moore (archive footage)
Dana Moore Dana Moore ... Self - Parent of Michael Moore (archive footage)
Pam Hobbs ... Self - Mother of Stevie Branch (archive footage)
Terry Hobbs ... Self - Stepfather of Stevie Branch
Melissa Byers Melissa Byers ... Self - Mother of Christopher Byers (archive footage)
John Mark Byers ... Self - Stepfather of Christopher Byers
Damien Wayne Echols ... Self - Perpetrator (as Damien Echols)
Jason Baldwin ... Self - Perpetrator
Jessie Misskelley ... Self - Perpetrator (as Jessie Misskelley Jr.)
John Philipsborn John Philipsborn ... Self - Post-Conviction Attorney for Jason Baldwin
Don Horgan Don Horgan ... Self - Post-Conviction Attorney for Damien Echols
John N. Fogleman John N. Fogleman ... Self - Prosecuting Attorney (as John Fogleman)
Mike Allen Mike Allen ... Self - Detective, West Memphis Police (archive footage)
Domini Teer Domini Teer ... Self - Suspect's Girlfriend (archive footage)


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 »


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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Alternate Versions

The directors said that audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2011 would be the only audiences to see the film in that version. The reason is that events which took place the previous month necessitated a new ending to the film. See more »


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Guilty until proven innocent.
18 November 2019 | by reichjon-23828See all my reviews

Everyone is familiar with the phrase 'innocent until proven guilty.' And while that's a nice sentiment, the reality is it's a complete and utter lie. It's something the justice system says, but does not practice, which really isn't justice at all. I don't know how to fix the justice system, but I know the first step is admitting it's severely broken, and then acknowledging what about the system needs fixing. This documentary does an excellent job showing some of the major flaws we should be recognizing and working towards fixing, as well as inspiring people to make the effort to act. I truly believe this film has done a great service towards bettering the system so that in the future we won't make the same mistakes. In the meantime, can we please stop saying we consider people innocent until proven guilty?!

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West Memphis, Arkansas, USA

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