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West Of Memphis

4

A fresh look at the injustice of the West Memphis Three case

For those who never saw Joe Berlinger’s extraordinary Paradise Lost trilogy, Amy Berg’s Peter Jackson-backed rival doc offers a condensed catch-up of this most vile injustice.

When Arkansas teens Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin were jailed for the 1993 mutilation and murder of three eight-year-old boys, they were earmarked as satanic killers simply because they liked heavy metal.

The ‘West Memphis Three’ spent the next 18 years inside, despite forensic evidence stacking against their conviction.

Exhaustive and exacting, Berg’s work is flush with detail, some of it revelatory.

And, like much here, the bittersweet finale will leave you incandescent.

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