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'Paradise Lost' Helped Save Three Innocent Men From A Wrongful Murder Conviction

Not everyone has heard about the West Memphis Three, but they have a solid place in true crime history. Suspected of shocking acts of violence, the accused teenagers known as the West Memphis Three were the subject of a 1996 documentary called Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. It showed the gruesome truths of the crime and included both sides of the story to avoid bias.

But while making the film, documentarians Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky exposed significant problems with the prosecution's case. Paradise Lost changed hearts and minds, became an influential true crime documentary, and even helped save an allegedly innocent man on death row.

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