Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.
Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds.Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In an intermission from Jessie's court case (around the 48 minute mark) some footage of the locale is shown. One of them is of a sign for the Parkview Motel, which offers HBO cable. HBO produced the documentary. See more »
Damien reads this Shakespearean quote while on trial: "Life's but a walking shadow...full of sound and fury signifying nothing." He incorrectly refers to it as being from A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is fact a soliloquy famously from Macbeth. See more »
John Mark Byers:
'Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.' And I'm not scared of the devil. I know who my comforter is. 'Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me.' And I thank you, Lord for letting me be able to believe in that with all my heart. I hope y'all really believe in your master the Satan, Sleuthfoot, devil himself, 'cause he's not gonna help you. He's gonna laugh at you, mock at you, and torture you... they prayed to Satan... And they had their satanic worship ...
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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
I always believed that a case needed only reasonable doubt to find people innocent. Apparently I was very wrong. I am in no way claiming my support for the three found guilty, but I for one could never convict them based on this evidence. The film shows just how unstable people can be when faced with those that don't conform. I was amazed by how much I disliked the parents of the murdered boys. They ramble and scream about killing these three, already convinced of their guilt. They seem more unstable and threatening to me, and not just because their children have been murdered. No real physical evidence is brought up against the boys, whom should probably start training professional killers on how not to leave evidence at a murder site. I know for a fact that a lot of details were left out of this documentary, and the celebrity worship that has followed the accused since is a bit too much. However this film is terrifying. It shows that just because of the way you look, and what people say about you, can take away your entire life. Make sure to check out all the evidence for yourself.
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