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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hill and it's subsequent followups, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory are arguably some of the most rousing documentaries in cinematic history. The riveting trilogy chronicles the wrongful conviction of Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr, known as the "West Memphis Three," who were charged with the murder of three eight year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Peter Jackson can take pride in having the widest range of box office this season. His “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” has made just a whisker under $1 billion worldwide since December 14th. He’s busy preparing the sequels right now. On the other hand, another Jackson project, a documentary about the West Memphis Three, has made just $82,000 since its release on December 25th. Amy Berg directed “West of Memphis,” which was not nominated for an Oscar but has been included in a few other awards nominations.
He's referring ("these people") to Arkansas law enforcement and the criminal justice system. In 1994, Echols and his friends Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were convicted of the murders of three 8-year-old boys.
Today marks the digital release of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky‘s Paradise Lost trilogy, the first time that any of the three films is available in this format. So, if you’ve never seen them before (or if you have) and don’t want to bother with physical discs, you can download Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory from iTunes, to rent or own.
Based in Montclair and New York respectively, they were dispatched by HBO to cover the trials of three teenagers accused of killing three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, a working class suburb.
The prosecution lacked eyewitnesses and physical evidence, so they built a case around a tale of teen rebellion curdled into devil worship and pedophilia. The alleged ringleader, Damien Echols, got the death penalty, while Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were sentenced to life without parole.
The team's 1996 documentary, "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" raised questions about the convictions and in the process, spurred a protest movement to "Free the West Memphis Three."
Read full story here: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2012/01/paradise_lost_sinofsky_berling.html
"I'm fortunate beyond my ability to describe because I've had a few friends who have stuck by my side since almost the beginning.
Three devoted characters from the west coast came into my life years ago, and have been a constant source of support ever since. Kathy, Grove and Burk. Collectively they are "the K.G.B." These people have gone above and beyond the call of duty to do everything they can to help. They've invested countless hours of their own time to spreading the word about this case. They never miss a court hearing and never forget a birthday. Through their unwavering belief and devotion many others have come to hear about and join the crusade. There are now more names than I can mention, and I could write a "Thank you" book consisting of nothing but names of people who have went out of their way to help. Kathy, Grove and Burk, along with the assistance of a fourth California angel named Lisa have donated their time and energy to maintaining a tremendous Web site on which the general public can now read every scrap of information that exists about the case. Seeing that justice is doen has become the focus of their existence, but they also do what they can to make my life a little easier. They encourage people to write, just so I know I've not been forgotten. Another friend, Jene, maintains a "wish list" of books on the site, which hundreds of people have sent to me. Things have come a long way since the trial. I no longer feel like the most reviled creature on earth. Some days I can now make myself believe that the entire world doesn't view me as a stain on the underwear of society. When the filmmakers released a second documentary things picked up even ore. My records so far has been receiving 188 letters in a single day. Once you know what it means to be hated the way I have been, it teaches you to appreciate those tokens of love even more."