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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of a troubling, complex miscarriage of justice in the US, 24 Nov 2012
This review is from: West of Memphis [Blu-ray] [2012] (Blu-ray)
While the story of the West Memphis Three, their awful flawed trial and subsequent efforts to obtain freedom were
well covered in the "Paradise Lost" trilogy of films, this single film overview by filmmaker Amy Berg has a lot of value.

Perhaps because the case can now be looked back on in total, it feels like there is a clearer focus here than in the excellent
"Paradise Lost" series. There also seems to be more of an emphasis on the emotion and humanity of all the victims - the
three falsely convicted young men, but also the families that lost children.

Last, the film makes some of the awful holes in the prosecution case more simple and clear than earlier accounts, as well as putting a
chilling spotlight on the possible real perpetrator, but without the theatrics that harmed 'Paradise Lost 2', which seemed guilty of what
the trial did to the three boys; throw suspicion on a possible subject largely because he 'acted weird'.

Here the investigation into another possibility feels more dispassionate and scientific, and less manipulated, leaving one with
questions rather than forcing conclusions.

The world might not have 'needed' another film on the subject, but personally, I feel the more injustice can be intelligently examined and
exposed the better off we are as a society.
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Initial post: 24 Apr 2013 01:14:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Apr 2013 01:17:34 BDT
mister joe says:
You need to read Damian Echols medical reports prior to the murders.Did you know his first name was Micheal?He changed it to the rather charming Damian.Oh,the prosecution case?Hmmm.They were found guilty.Twice.And by jeeves when you have a defense team with 20 million dollars behind you the chances are you are going to get off.I thought this was a "miscarriage" of justice at first,but after reading the numerous evidence a very worrying picture emerges in regards to Echols and it is not about "looking weird".Thats how the lefty celebrities and ridicolously biased[yet fascinating]doc Paradise Lost presented it.
Did you know years before this case that Echols own mother thought he was "mad" and that his father and children committed him to a hospital in fear of their lives?He was threatening to slit his mothers throat.This is ALL DOCUMENTED.Easily accesible info available.
Seriously Gordon i thought this was a horrendous case of misjustice,now i found it rather disturbing.
People must remember a defence teams JOB is to protect their client at ALL COSTS.
Celebrity endorsement has no place in criminal proceedings.The case is far more murky,dark then any of us can imagine.Echols is a seductive personality,to me he looks like a rock star.What troubles me is how now lots of material is surpressed and i have to say it seems a lot of people approach this case via the HBO doc which i now view as propoganda.Its stance is they are innocent.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2013 18:05:49 BDT
Anucksunamun says:
What does it matter that he changed his name to DAMIEN? It also sounds to me that you have no clue as to the background of the Hutchinson/Echols family. This too is easily accessible information that sounds to me that you need to brush up on a little more.
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