Photos by G.
On October 10, 2011 as part of the New York Film Festival, the West Memphis Three (from left in top picture: Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley) attended the premiere of “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” a documentary about their wrongful imprisonment for the murder of 3 boys in 1993. In 1993, Damien, Jason and Jessie were arrested, charged and convicted of killing 3 young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, even though they maintained their innocence in the crimes and concrete evidence proving their guilt was never produced. It was alleged that the trio killed the children as part of a satanic ritual. After multiple documentaries were made and after 18 years of prison sentences served, the West Memphis Three got their sentence overturned. During this time, new evidence came to light proving the West Memphis Trio did not commit these crimes. To avoid a lawsuit against the state of Arkansas, the trio was released only after pleading guilty to the crimes!
The film was incredible and it’s really scary to see the holes our justice system being exposed! The West Memphis Trio was recently released from prison and as you can imagine, there was not a dry eye in the house when two of the 3 guys came out after the film to do a brief question and answer session. Jessie Misskelley was in attendance, but preferred not to get on stage. “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” will be airing on HBO soon, so definitely check out this film. It’s a tragic, yet fascinating story that will raise all kinds of questions in your mind after you see it.