The award-winning HBO documentary series Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000) spawned a worldwide movement to free the West Memphis 3 for wrongful murder convictions. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory tells the entire story, from the arrests in 1993 to the growing movement, through the entire appeals process and the uncovering of new evidence, concluding with their release.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the new installment of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s HBO documentary film series about the notorious 1993 “West Memphis Three” child murders, chronicles the 18-year fight to prove the innocence of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, incarcerated for an alleged Satanic ritual killing the convicted men—and their supporters worldwide—maintain they did not commit.
With Echols on death row and Baldwin and Misskelley serving life sentences, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory examines a horrifying crime with fresh insights that only the passage of time can provide. Facts are reexamined, new evidence is revealed, and new suspects are scrutinized. With an extraordinary perspective of three films spanning nearly two decades, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is a provocative examination of American justice and a celebration of the power of cinema to affect social change.