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Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
The complete inside story of the West Memphis Three.
A further investigation into the arrest of three teenagers convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas who spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released after new DNA evidence indicated they may be innocent.
Fuck the State of Arkansas! Fuck them in their stupid backwards asses, and I'm referring to the prosecutors, police, original judge, and members of the state government who were involved in this case not the people of Arkansas. Also fuck Terry Hobbs. I can't say he killed those little boys, but he's a lying piece of shit either way. Also I'd like to say WOW! What a 180 by Mark Byers!
its amazing to watch all 3 films and wee the changes that these people go though and how stubborn the judge is for every appeal
3 men get convicted of a horrific murder on the fact they wear black and "worship satan " ...with no evidence whatsoever that they actually committed the crime.. how lovely is that?
its good to see that they get to finally live their lives but the shit they had to go though.. is jsut fucked
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I liked that we got new information here. It shows us sides that haven't been seen in the previous installments. What threw me for a loop was Mark Byers's complete 180 and now he is standing behind the WM3, at first I chalked it up to his craziness but after seeing and hearing his reason he seemed very sincere and that blew me away. It did seem like it turned the blame on Terry Hobbs very heavily, and while I do find that the new evidence seems more concrete than anything presented against the WM3, it seemed to me that the intent of the film makers was to put Hobbs in the same situation as the accused to makes us…
I watched all three of these films within a 24 hour period of each other, so the last day or so of my life has been inundated with the West Memphis Three. This one was a fitting conclusion to the sordid tale, regardless of your opinion on the judicial outcome. It was entertaining to see the familiar faces, including Mark Byers crazy ass, 10+ years later. As much as things change, things still tend to stay the same. My one main gripe is that they never tracked down the actual killer. But that's not exactly the filmmakers' fault.
Stylistically, it far surpasses the previous two films, but that's obviously due to the substantially larger budget HBO gave the filmmakers to…
Despite overlap with the first 2 films this is a solid conclusion to the Paradise Lost Trilogy. I can forgive it because of the shear amount of years between films. If you enjoy true crime documentaries I would say these 3 films are worth your time. Even if you know the outcome its still entertaining and enthralling.
New evidence, new supporters, new life. Someone seriously needs to find who killed those three children and WHY???
Then the third, the most cinematic of the bunch (curiously, the flashbacks look as if they were taken from celluloid whereas the first two films did not have that look at all), but raises a query about how documentaries should handle sequels. Is the opening prologue too brief for anybody who hasn't seen the first two? Is it more repetitious for those who have? And is the epilogue, clearly constructed in haste (the film premiered only to then have the trial's shocking conclusion play out and added in), too rushed? I would have gladly watched another 30 minutes seeing the reactions from all the people involved (what, for instance, happened to all the freedom fighters from the second film?) and the fallout for Arkansas.
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Could this be the best documentary film ever?
Not only is it gripping from beginning to end, not only did it play a part in freeing three innocent people, but it's largely responsible for saving the life of Damien Echols.
There is a subgenre of documentaries I like to call the "if you get arrested you're fucked." The Paradise Lost series is the king of this genre because it pays off all the emotional distress with a "happy" ending.
Quote "happy" because what kind of crazy world do we live in when people who know they are innocent have to plead guilty to go free, and a state so devoid of integrity will let loose people they claim are guilty just so they can say they were right.
I think we're all in purgatory already...
It is a bit unfortunate though good that they did the Alford plea.
Wow. This doc pretty much does a complete 180 degree turn from the bias presented in Paradise Lost 2: Revelations. Granted, this is almost two decades after the initial trial, so much of the evidence at this point is in defense of the three men convicted, so there is going to be a bit of bias, just not nearly as much in the previous installment. Purgatory builds on the previous two films by providing new evidence which is compelling enough to even convince some of the victims' parents that those convicted for the crime might really be innocent. While this evidence nearly leads to similar assumptions made in Revelations, we are swiftly assured that the evidence in question does not…
A lot of recapping previous events with some new interviews, sad that the WM3 had to plead guilty to walk free.
A fantastic conclusion to the ground breaking documentary trilogy, Purgatory feels very much like the third chapter of a harrowing narrative. Again the impact of the first two films are covered, while at the same time getting more/back into the details of the case as well as the fates/future/past/present of the West Memphis Three. Always thought-provoking, Purgatory belongs on the Mount Rushmore of true crime docs.
...And Justice for All?
On one hand, it's a shock that these kids were ever convicted by a jury. They have no ties to the victims, no ties to the murder weapon, and could not be placed at the crime scene. This case was built on the coerced testimony of a borderline mentally handicapped teenager and the Satanic/occult persona that the lead suspect cultivated.
On the other hand, this town was terrorized by a horrific crime that resulted in an entire community dead set and laser focused on finding someone, anyone to take the fall for it. In the face of new evidence, old evidence, police incompetence, and heavy media scrutiny, the victims of the families, the lead investigator, and lead prosecutor remained unflappable.…
This final installment did not have the same exploration of loss that made the first one so good, but it did a good job of clearly laying out all of the events (which the first two didn't necessarily do) and gave the viewer a sense of time and place. Given what we know now about Byars, the second installment really looks bad, but I appreciated the way they gave him his due in this one. His final speech, along with the events that transpire in that final court hearing, are very powerful.
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