Few documentaries are as engaging as this. Everyone a few months back was sweating the series Making a Murderer…. well, this is basically where it all began…..
If you don’t know much about the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr.), do yourself a favor and begin by watching this (don’t google anything). It’s about 5 hours total… but each part is addictive and engaging. I won’t spoil anything for you regarding the case and trial, but the background is this:
Three 8-year old friends were murdered in West Memphis Arkansas, on May 5th, 1993.They were found naked, hog-tied with shoelaces, and mutilated. Less than a month later, three young men were arrested for the crime, without compelling evidence, only because they listened to heavy metal music, wore black clothes, and were outsiders in the town. Immediately, the prosecutors argued that the crime was a satanic cult ritual, and these boys were painted as witches in the Salem Witch Trials from centuries ago.
That should pique your curiosity, right there.
I’ve been following and supporting the case since I first heard about it through Henry Rollins, in the late 90s (1997-1998). I saw Paradise Lost parts 1 and 2 in 2002. Finally saw part 3 in 2011. These documentaries have stuck with me like glue throughout the years, and I’m sure they’ll have the same effect on you. Don’t sleep on them. Matter of fact, here’s Paradise Lost Part 1 in full (two videos) from YouTube:
trailer for Part 2:
trailer for part 3:
There’s a final film which shows a lot more footage than the first three documentaries, and it is called West of Memphis (directed by Peter Jackson). Once you see these three parts of Paradise Lost, watch West of Memphis. Matter of fact, I’ll feature it in the next post.