Essay on Paradise Lost : The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills

1044 Words Sep 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Being guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” is the highest standard of proof in any trial, especially in criminal trials where a defendant can be deprived of his or her liberties and even result in his or her death. This principle, however, is often forgotten with the presence of strong religious beliefs and rising emotions following violent crimes. Directors, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, in the documentary film Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) takes an insider look surrounding the trials of three teens who were accused of brutally murdering and sexually assaulting three eight year old boys in the Bible Belt town of West Memphis, Arkansas. The accused, Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols, and Jason Baldwin would soon become known as the “West Memphis Three.” The naked, brutally murdered bodies of Christopher Myers, Michael Moore, and Steven Branch were discovered May 6, 1993, in a wooded area in Robin Hood Hills. Berlinger and Sinofsky were allowed to bring cameras into closed sessions in the courtrooms and in the prison that housed the accused. They were able to demonstrate a more interrogative thoroughness with their insider look from the discovery of the murders to the convictions of the accused without ever taking sides as to their guilt or innocence. Narrations came from the family and friends of both the victims and the accused, law enforcement who were involved with the convictions, and the actual trials of the accused. This…

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