Illustration for article titled emParadise Lost 3/em: The Dramatic Story of the West Memphis Three Takes a Surprising Turn

This is the third installment in Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's HBO documentary series that began in 1993 when three teenage boys from West Memphis, Arkansas—Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley—were arrested and accused of brutally raping, mutilating and killing three eight-year-old boys.


Despite lack of physical evidence linking them to the crimes, the boys are convicted based on flimsy charges of satanic worship, improper police procedure, and coerced confessions.

18 years into serving their respective life sentences and terms on death row, Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley are brought back into the courtroom, as recent DNA and other forensic evidence (unavailable at the time of the murders), as well as other troubling developments, including allegations of juror misconduct, suggest the trio did not receive a fair first trial.


The first two films—Paradise Lost: The Child Murders and Robin Hood Hills, and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations—recipients of Emmy and Peobody awards and a DGA nomination, among other honors, drew a tremendous amount of public support, with celebrities like Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder, and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks rallying together in support of the wrongfully accused.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, recently named Best Documentary by the National Board of Review, brings a shocking and satisfying conclusion to the almost two-decade long injustice. [HBOGO]

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