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Freed WM3 Attend NYFF Docu Premiere

By October 10, 2011

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Just released from prison, the West Memphis Three -- Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. -- will make their first public appearance at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) premiere of Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the third and last of the documentary series in which filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, over an 18-year period, followed their case and made known to the world the circumstances of their wrongful convictions.

The documentaries showed that the convictions were based on no credible evidence, and they helped to create a huge community of West Memphis Three supporters -- including Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Johnny Depp, Hobbit director, Peter Jackson and other celebrities, and countless good citizens who believe in upholding justice -- who pressured authorities to reconsider the convictions.

Just several weeks ago, Echols was on death row, and Baldwin and Misskelley were facing life imprisonment.

Ultimately, their release, so long fought for, happened so suddenly that Berlinger and Sinofsky had to re-edit Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, updating the film for its official premiere on October 10, 2011.

Despite very welcome release of the West Memphis Three from prison, the film title's reference to purgatory is still appropriate. In order to be set free, Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley, who've consistently claimed innocence in the murder of three young boys, had to take the 'Alford plea,' according to which they had to admit their guilt of the crime. The absolute irony of that bizarrely twisted play on justice does leave Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley -- and all people who wish to believe in the logic of the law -- in purgatory, of sorts. West Memphis Three supporters are now clamoring for their exoneration. Perhaps the documentary will require another update.

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is not scheduled for theatrical release, so if you can't see it at NYFF or in another special screening, look for its broadcast premiere on HBO in January, 2012 -- hopefully with a new ending.

Meanwhile, you can watch the trailer.

(PHOTO: Damien Echols and filmmaker Joe Berlinger in 'Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.' Courtesy HBO).

Comments

October 10, 2011 at 11:22 am
(1) kali1313 says:

The link for the movie is an anti WM3 fake trailer.
The real link is here—
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqRyHfhP83g

October 10, 2011 at 11:30 am
(2) luckycat says:

yep that is fake, it ends up having a cat playing the piano saying they are guilty or something!! Do you guys not check out your links first?? and thanks Kali1313 for posting the correct one :-)

October 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm
(3) documentaries says:

Oh so sorry, everyone, about the link to the fake trailer. I had discovered that, and specifically wanted to avoid it. The link is fixed now. Thanks for letting me know about the mistake.
Jennifer

October 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm
(4) Information on the WM3 case says:

Many believe there was sufficient evidence and testimony to find them guilty by a unanimous jury the first time. They didn’t want to wait for a retrial in December, so they plead guilty while proclaiming their innocence.

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.

October 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm
(5) kali1313 says:

The DNA leads to another person. Follow the science…..
6 people are victims in this case. Justice for 6!

October 13, 2011 at 12:54 am
(6) DNA evidence proves little says:

No the lack of DNA evidence proves little. The bodies were found underwater after 18 hours. The DNA evidence found leads to 1.5% of the population, so it does not lead to anyone.

Psychological profile of Damien Echols
http://wm3truth.com/psychological-profile-of-damien-echols/
“Damien Echols in 1992-93 was extremely disturbed and violent.”

Statement about Damien Echols stomping and killing a dog
http://callahan.8k.com/wm3/joehb.html

October 13, 2011 at 12:56 am
(7) DNA evidence proves little says:

No the lack of DNA evidence proves little. The bodies were found underwater after 18 hours. The DNA evidence found leads to 1.5% of the population, so it does not lead to anyone.

Psychological profile of Damien Echols
w m 3 t r u t h . c o m / p s y c h o l o g i c a l – p r o f i l e – o f – d a m i e n- e c h o l s
“Damien Echols in 1992-93 was extremely disturbed and violent.”

Statement about Damien Echols stomping and killing a dog
c a l l a h a n . 8 k . c o m / w m 3 / j o e h b . h t m l

April 10, 2012 at 6:34 am
(8) hmmmm says:

That doesn&t prove he killed anyone – a lot of kids are messed up at that age and go on to be librarians

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