Anyone else into this case and/or the documentaries and books about the case?

The third documentary "Paradise Lost 3:Purgatory" will be coming on HBO in November and is premiering this month at film festivals.

I have been following it since i was a kid, staying up late catching the first Paradise Lost documentary on HBO.

Just wanted to see if anyone else has been following the case through the years.

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  • ThirstyFly

    Sounds interesting. Had not heard of it. I am too busy flipping out while watching TrueBlood.
  • bmoore

    yeah, i've been following it for years too. they've had a lot of support from some big names. looking forward to that new documentary.
  • justinryan

    stoked for the new one as well
  • Just_Joe

    It's weird, I was born and raised in Memphis and it's not as publicized here as you would think. I didn't even know about it until a 20/20 special a few years ago.
  • Jupit

    I've been following it since the first docu. rewatched part 2 a few weeks ago.
    nothing's going to change, though. as sad as it is.
  • AndyHide

    wow I remember watching the first 2 paradise lost a decade ago, no idea a third was coming out so definately gonna set a reminder for this!
  • bmoore

    two of the three will be released friday!

    http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-west-memphis-3-freed,0,5347577.story
  • DanielAndHisArt

    unreal, just saw that. kinda shitty they have to admit guilt though.

    pretty fucked.
  • Colemadethis

    this is about as far into the case as i ever got:


    i might watch those HBO docs. they sound pretty cool.
  • Cutty.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but If DNA evidence proved it wasn't them, why do they have to admit guilt to be released?
  • DrowningDesign

    Cutty. said:Maybe I'm missing something, but If DNA evidence proved it wasn't them, why do they have to admit guilt to be released?

    I know, I asked the same thing, but it might be the difference between new evidence and taking that new evidence to trial.
  • DanielAndHisArt

    Cutty. said:Maybe I'm missing something, but If DNA evidence proved it wasn't them, why do they have to admit guilt to be released?

    the DNA evidence was never presented in a new trial. it was presented in all these random prelim trials i think.

    this is pretty much a plea bargin deal. they admit they are guilty, and will likely get time served (because they have been locked up so long) which means they walk free.

    i just think that the prosecution is scared of all the new evidence (because if it went to trial, they would be found not guilty) that they pulled this deal out of their ass to avoid embarrassment.

    kind of weird, but as someone who believes they are innocent, i am happy. still kinda sucks though that the are admitting they did it.

    also curious as to why only 2 of them are getting released. alot of places are reporting that all three have left the prison those with all their belongings to go to the courthouse, which makes me think that all three may go free.

    crazy.
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  • A.Merkison

    DanielAndHisArt said:
    Cutty. said:Maybe I'm missing something, but If DNA evidence proved it wasn't them, why do they have to admit guilt to be released?

    the DNA evidence was never presented in a new trial. it was presented in all these random prelim trials i think.

    this is pretty much a plea bargin deal. they admit they are guilty, and will likely get time served (because they have been locked up so long) which means they walk free.

    i just think that the prosecution is scared of all the new evidence (because if it went to trial, they would be found not guilty) that they pulled this deal out of their ass to avoid embarrassment.

    kind of weird, but as someone who believes they are innocent, i am happy. still kinda sucks though that the are admitting they did it.

    also curious as to why only 2 of them are getting released. alot of places are reporting that all three have left the prison those with all their belongings to go to the courthouse, which makes me think that all three may go free.

    crazy.

    Well they maintain innocence. They never plead guilty, they only entered an Alford plea. All that means if that the defense and the defendants acknowledge that there is sufficient evidence that could convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that they are guilty. The DNA thing MIGHT have swayed the proof of innocence anyway, but it's not a given(as per the statement from the forensic investigators after the DNA claim was brought up, SOME of the DNA could not be attributed to either the victims or the defendants, and could be attributed to the stepfather).

    Either way, the whole case was mistreated from the start.

    Oh, and as far as the two being released thing; I think that has to due with the fact that they split the trials. 2 were tried together and the 3rd was tried separately(he originally plead guilty to other charges but they split the trials so he didn't incriminate the other two). So I think the media kinda botched that report. I could be wrong, but it would make sense.
  • DrowningDesign

    Really great explanation of how justice was not served but the innocent were set free... eventually.
    By Sir Peter Jackson
    http://www.facebook.com/notes/peter-jackson/so-the-west-memphis-three-are-finally-released/10150348803586558

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