Review: “West of Memphis.”

The story of the West Memphis Three is one of the most bizarre, protracted legal sagas in the history of American justice. When Damien Echols was given a death sentence, absolutely no one could predict that when he was freed eighteen years later, his wife would cling to Eddie Vedder for comfort. Ongoing interest in the case would not be possible with Paradise Lost documentaries, directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Paradise Lost III ends with the West Memphis Three enjoying their freedom, so when I heard about West of Memphis, another documentary about the case, I could only wonder why director Amy Berg bothered. It turns out that there is a lot more to uncover about the case, and to my utter surprise, the three men would not be free without the help of Peter Jackson. Yes, that Peter Jackson.

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