The West Memphis Three Attend NYC Film Premiere

Posted by The G on October 10, 2011 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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West Memphis Three

West Memphis Three (on left)

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!

From left: Jason Baldwin, the filmmakers and Damien Echols.

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.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

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  • West Memphis Three Information said,

    There never was any evidence proving that they did not commit the crimes. The “trio” could have waited for a trial in December to clear their names, but they decided not to do this and plead guilty instead.

    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.