West of Memphis
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Anyone not living in this dimension might say they don't know who "The West Memphis Three" are--so in case you do not know, they were the teen kids (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin) who were falsely convicted and imprisoned for the murders of three little boys. That happened in the early 1990s. Help from all around America and the globe spurred action in Arkansas (that is where West Memphis is, not Tennessee).
This documentary covers just about all I could have hoped or imagined about this epic wrong-men story. Having been absorbed by HBO's seminal and important documentary series about this, The Paradise Lost Trilogy Collector's Edition (see my reviews but I reviewed each of the three films, not the set), this documentary shocked me deeply.
It was only days ago I saw a 2012 "Frontline" 55-minute special on this subject--"Frontline" seems to have stolen quite a bit of material from this documentary, and I suspect it was actually a slighlty ssanitized, shortened "free" version of this.
WEST OF MEMPHIS stunned me because several people who allegedly do not do interviews (or refuse to talk) were here, and BOY, were they a-talkin'.Read more ›
Motivated by electoral pressure, hearsay and ignorance, the state of Arkansas concocted a scenario (which ends up being proven wrong in this film) fueled by Jerry Driver, a 'Satanic cult' specialist and an unlicensed medical examiner who worked for the prosecution. Putting these things together, the prosecution produced this satanic scenario and made Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley fit this profile along with the so-called ritualistic wounds that were purportedly present on the victims. These wounds were misinterpreted to be evidence of sexual assault and ritualized murder from the start, based on the penile mutilation of one of the victims.Read more ›
This particular case garnered so much attention because of the absolute bungling the state of Arkansas performed on the case of the murdered three boys. Instead of trying to actually solve the crime, they took the easy way out and went full-bore on three teens who had alibis (which were ignored), had never met the boys (didn't matter) and had absolutely no motive (what's that?). Although I am glad with the release of Damien, Jesse and Jason, I am appalled that they still have to walk with guilt tied around their necks just so Arkansas doesn't have to admit to any wrongdoing.
Justice in this case will not come if the murderer is not found. On top of that, though, justice will not come until the prosecutor, judge and jurors of the original trial are all behind bars, where they belong. They ruined three lives based on bigotry and ignorance. I hope they all rot.
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Very interesting documentary about a pretty highly covered case. When deciding if I would recommend the film, I couldn't get over the fact that they show uncensored footage of the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Alison W.
Corrupt law enforcement and judicial system in America exposed. It happens every day in every city and county in America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John H.
Other than having a passing knowledge of the West Memphis 3 situation I had unfortunately up to this point gone on without really looking into it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
If you don't have the time to watch all the movies and read all the books (like me) this is the one to watch. A chilling account of what happened and who the real killer may be.Published 2 months ago by Emily MacConnell
not as good as the Paradise Lost docs, but definitely a good one to watch.Published 2 months ago by Tommy Sherwood