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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1996 (USA)
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A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Tony Brooks Tony Brooks ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Diana Davis Diana Davis ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Terry Wood Terry Wood ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Dick Clay Dick Clay ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Jenna Newton Jenna Newton ... Self - KAIT-TV (archive footage)
Gary Gitchell Gary Gitchell ... Self
Tommy Stacy Tommy Stacy ... Self (as Rev. Tommy Stacy)
Melissa Byers Melissa Byers ... Self
Todd Moore Todd Moore ... Self
Dana Moore Dana Moore ... Self
Pam Hobbs ... Self
Jessie Misskelley Sr. Jessie Misskelley Sr. ... Self
Gail Grinnell Gail Grinnell ... Self
Joe Hutchinson Joe Hutchinson ... Self
John Mark Byers ... Self
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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>

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It's frightening to think they did it. It's terrifying to think they didn't.


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Was #7 on Gene Siskel's list of the Best Films of 1994. See more »

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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 »

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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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Followed by Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000) See more »

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Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
By Metallica
Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett
Produced by Flemming Rasmussen (uncredited) with Metallica (uncredited)
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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
13 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

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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10 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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America Undercover: Paradise Lost - The Child Murders at Robin Hood Woods See more »

Filming Locations:

West Memphis, Arkansas, USA

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