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As I wrote and reported first, the West Memphis Three are coming to the New York Film Festival on Monday. They’re doing a day of press for HBO and then joining director Joe Berlinger for the premiere of “Paradise Lost: Purgatory.” Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have been working on the West Memphis 3 story since 1996, and this is third film about them. A fourth film will follow that will tell the story of their release. The three men– Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr –were released in August  after 17 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. But because the crimes happened in Arkansas they were railroaded, subjected to a kangaroo court, local politics, and then made to admit their guilt so they could get out of jail. Baldwin accepted this agreement because Echols was on death row and would have been killed before a new trial could have absolved them all thanks to DNA evidence.

Here’s the original story in case Deadline Hollywood tries to snag it: http://www.showbiz411.com/2011/08/20/west-memphis-3-story-may-bring-released-defendants-to-new-york-film-festival

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  1. Many believe they were guilty. There was a lot of evidence and testimony showing their guilt. Some believe they plead guilty a second time because they may have been found guilty again.

    The three had no legit alibis.

    All of this is documented information from legal documents and the mainstream media.

    Misskelley confessed three separate times, once with his lawyer present. Misskelley also told two other people about the crime before he was arrested. Baldwin told someone else he committed the crimes. Echols was seen in muddy clothes near the crime scene. He bragged about the murder to two other teenagers, stating he killed the three boys. Echols is reported to have either told or bragged about the crime to four people before he was arrested. Echols also had a history of psychiatric treatment. His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood.

    Fibers on the murdered victims’ clothing were found to microscopically similar to things in the Baldwin and Echols homes. The serrated wound patterns on the three victims that were consistent with, and could have been caused by, a knife found in a lake behind appellant Baldwin’s parents’ residence.

    Echols’ stated under cross-examination that he was interested in the occult. A funeral register found in his room with hand-drawn pentagrams and upside-down crosses. Echols’ journal contained morbid images and references to dead children.

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