‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’ Premieres Tonight On HBO

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am,

paradise lost 3 purgatory Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Premieres Tonight On HBO

The highly-anticipated third installment of  the Paradise Lost documentary series, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory continues to chronicle the 18-year imprisonment (and eventual release) of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley – also known as the West Memphis 3.

Paradise Lost 3 will finally make its television debut tonight at 9pm on HBO.

Originally intended to air in November, 2011, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky began production with the purpose of continuing to document the controversial 1994 imprisonment of Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley for the murders of three second-graders named Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.

With the previous two installments of the Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost series casting substantial doubt on the West Memphis 3’s involvement in the murders, many were shocked that Echols remained on death row while Baldwin and Misskelley continued serving their life sentences – through the number of supporters from across the world grew exponentially.

For 7 years, Peter Jackson helped fund West Memphis 3 release efforts

Even with public support on the rise, and celebrities like Peter Jackson, Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins Winona Ryder, Eddie Vedder, Natlie Mains of the Dixie Chicks, Demi Lovato and the members of Metallica standing behind Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley, filmmakers Berlinger and Sinofsky were still no closer to fulfilling their dreams of documenting the release of the West Memphis 3.

After what turned in to weeks of negotiations in August, 2011, Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley agreed to the controversial Alford plea deal, which would allow their release from prison after agreeing to plea “no contest” to first and second degree murder.

With cameras in the court room and at their eventual release, Berlinger and Sinofsky were finally able to obtain a fitting conclusion to their documentary by ending things the same way they began 18 years ago – with Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley out of jail.

You can view the trailer for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory below:


Paradise Lost 3 premieres January 12 @9pm on HBO

(Replays: Fri, Jan 13 @12am; Sun, Jan 15 @4:30pm, and Mon, Jan 16 @10pm)

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  2. First off I have to say cheers to the folks of Screen Rant for the reminder. I know from my daily, and mostly hourly visits here that Documentaries are usually not the most discussed films on the site.
    As far as this film is concerned I should say 1st that I know the story of the WM3 is not the 1st time innocent people have been convicted of a crime. Innocent people have even had their death sentence carried out. But from the moment I saw Paradise Lost in 1996 this sad saga has blown my mind. I think what drew me in so much back then and to this day was that I saw something of myself in these young men. Black was my uniform, metal was my music and I often kept to myself or with a small group of friends. And apparently in West Memphis Arkansas in the mid nineties that meant you may be capable of murder. I’m aware of the other circumstances that led to the arrest of these young men but the long story short is they were brought in because they were different. The details of their case is easy to find online so I won’t go into detail here but their convictions were achieved by shoddy evidence, shadey “experts” , a forced confession, and jury misconduct. And they ended up in prison for over 18 years with one on death row. Lifes wasted and innocence lost. Even the circumstances of their release is ridiculous. The state knew that if a new trial led to their release they would be paying millions as a result of lawsuits so they bring these now men the Alford Plea were they have to admit guilt but can still claim their innocence. Now that they are free men they still are considered guilt of murder. I hope that somehow they can find peace and live productive lives but I doubt that they can ever truly recover from this multiple decade nightmare. Hopefully someday the governor or future governor of Arkansas does the right thing and pardons these 3 men so their names can fully be cleared and the nightmare ends up truly over.
    I apologize for not commenting souly on the film itself and for going on a rant but this story really got/gets to me.

  3. This is one that I won’t be seeing. There seems to have been some sort of “cloak” over many facts of this case, especially when it comes to these documentaries. If a film maker or media outlet wants to cover this case, then they should have a moral obligation to get it right and get the entire truth out.
    What I have seen on this case from actual case documents that is NOT shown anywhere are facts that should not be left out, omitted, glossed over, such as three confessions at the insistence of Jessie Misskelley and mental health history of Damien Echols showing how sick he really was. It’s too bad that in the scurry to produce movies, books, and articles that “sell”, the truth gets swept under the rug.

    • You are a blind fool. I have read EVERY bit of information on this case (court transcripts, media, documentary, testimony, etc) and these kids were profiled, framed, and railroaded by the legal system, and the pathetic folks out there in Arkansas. Pull up ANYONE’S mental health records and you could associate them with some sort of crime somewhere. You go to talk to a shrink when you are f-ed up (often fleeting/momentary)so that is a ridiculously ignorant stance to take. That’s like taking something someone confessed in a confessional at church (prior to any crime)and using it as evidence in a crime. Unless they confessed to the specific crime, or confessed that they were about to commit that crime, it means nothing. We ALL have awful, disgusting thoughts from time to time. Fortunately, Damien Echols was seeking help – Serial killers and child murderers indulge their thoughts rather than seeking help. They are narcissistic and pathological liars, usually living double lives in order to get away with indulging in their crimes. People like you need to stop worrying about the “different looking” kid in black who listens to loud and angry music to deal with his own angst, and start worrying about the guy/girl next door, or at church, or leading your kids’ cub scouts troop, because according to the Bible, the Devil, Satan, or whatever you want to call it/him, works in much more insidious ways than that. And I can assure you, the majority of kids who listened to Metallica, wore all black, played with Ouija boards, and dabbled in some silly-assed, bogus witchcraft, are good, loving, caring, and functional adults/members of society who you have zero reason to worry about or fear (including myself).