Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Unsettling Case of The West Memphis Three
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY debuted the other night on HBO. It's a fine piece of work, the clearest document yet on what went down surrounding the murder of three children in West Memphis, Arkansas--and the subsequent arrest of three teenagers for the crime--in 1993. The film also offers a stark look at what has transpired since then, a harrowing tale of American injustice. Even its "happy" ending is infuriating.
I was living in Arkansas when the original murder trials took place. I wrote about my reaction to the case, and to the final release of the WM3, in an essay called The Unsettling Case of the West Memphis Three.