West Memphis Three Will Attend NYFF Premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

by Sophia Savage
October 6, 2011 7:53 AM
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The West Memphis Three (Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. - just released from death row) will make their first public appearance at the New York Film Festival's premiere of Joe Berlinger’s and Bruce Sinofsky’s updated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

Berlinger says:

"What a remarkable opportunity to celebrate the power of cinema by having the subjects of these films -- one of whom just six weeks ago was on death row and the others locked away for the rest of their lives -- on hand to meet the audience who will witness their 18-year wrongful conviction odyssey on what is sure to be a monumental occasion for everyone involved Monday evening."

More information on the film, the third in a series produced by HBO Documentary Films, is below:

The first-ever premiere screening of the film with a new ending includes footage from the events surrounding the recent celebrated release of the trio. The third film in a trilogy by Emmy-winning documentarians Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY features never-before seen footage of the epic chronicle of the “West Memphis Three,” Arkansas teens convicted of the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys. The film quickly catches you up on this lightning-rod case, initially tried without a shred of physical evidence and amidst hysterical claims of satanic cultism. We then flash forward to the present, where the accused await their final appeal and staggering new revelations further point to a gross miscarriage of justice. A remarkable journey filmed over 18 years, the film follows an American tragedy, and capped by an extraordinary reversal of fortune. The film is also a profound meditation on the passage of time, interrupted, and salvation too long in coming.

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4 Comments

  • Mike D | October 8, 2011 12:59 PMReply

    Hi, I am a very unbiased individual, but After watching the films several times and spending hours studying the WM3 websites etc., I have come to the conclusion that the 3 teenagers, Damien, Jason and Jessie are truly guilty of killing the 3 boys. They know it and must live with that fact for the rest of their lives. They just were very lucky and are now out of prison. I just hope they have matured and will never hurt anyone again.

    mike

  • Psychological profile of Damien Echols | October 7, 2011 2:27 AMReply

    Psychological profile of Damien Echols
    w m 3 t r u th . c o m / p s y c h o l o g i c a l- p r o f i l e - o f - d a m i e n - e c h o l s

    "Damien Echols in 1992-93 was extremely disturbed and violent. He was institutionalized three times in the year before the murders. He made a suicide pact with his girlfriend. He threatened to kill the girlfriend’s father. He threatened his father with a knife. He threatened to kill his mother by slicing her throat. He threatened to eat his father. He threatened suicide regularly, by hanging himself or drinking bleach. He tried to gouge his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend’s eyes out with fingernails he kept sharpened to talons. He set fires at school and burned himself. He cut himself with knives. He tortured and killed cats and dogs. He drank other people’s blood and told a psychiatrist that drinking blood gave him power, made him “feel like a god”. He talked about getting his girlfriend pregnant, then using the baby as a human sacrifice. He claimed to be possessed by a spirit and to converse with demons."

  • West Memphis Three Case Evidence | October 7, 2011 2:24 AMReply

    Many believe they were guilty and there was plenty of evidence and testimony to prove this. see wm3truth (dot) c o m

    The three had no legit alibis.
    All of this is documented information from legal documents and the mainstream media.

    Misskelley confessed three separate times, once with his lawyer present. Misskelley also told two other people about the crime before he was arrested. Baldwin told someone else he committed the crimes. Echols was seen in muddy clothes near the crime scene. He bragged about the murder to two other teenagers, stating he killed the three boys. Echols is reported to have either told or bragged about the crime to four people before he was arrested. Echols also had a history of psychiatric treatment. His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood.

    Fibers on the murdered victims’ clothing were found to microscopically similar to things in the Baldwin and Echols homes. The serrated wound patterns on the three victims that were consistent with, and could have been caused by, a knife found in a lake behind appellant Baldwin’s parents’ residence.

    Echols' stated under cross-examination that he was interested in the occult. A funeral register found in his room with hand-drawn pentagrams and upside-down crosses. Echols' journal contained morbid images and references to dead children.

  • look | October 6, 2011 10:15 AMReply

    Big Freakin Deal! What about a Doc for all the wrongly accused OTHER men!

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