Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, the new installment of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s HBO documentary film series about the notorious 1993 “West Memphis Three” child murders, chronicles the 18-year fight to prove the innocence of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, incarcerated for an alleged Satanic ritual killing the convicted men—and their supporters worldwide—maintain they did not commit.

With Echols on death row and Baldwin and Misskelley serving life sentences, PARADISE LOST 3 examines a horrifying crime with fresh insights that only the passage of time can provide. Facts are reexamined, new evidence is revealed, and new suspects are scrutinized. With an extraordinary perspective of three films spanning nearly two decades, PARADISE LOST 3 is a provocative examination of American justice and a celebration of the power of cinema to affect social change.


Best Documentary Feature
Academy Awards
Best Documentary
National Board of Review
Outstanding Directional Achievement in Documentary 
Directors Guild of America


Directed by
Joe Berlinger
Bruce Sinofsky
Producer & 2nd Unit Director 
Jonathan Silberberg 
Director of Photography 
Bob Richman
Executive Producers 
Sheila Nevins
Jon Kamen
Robert Friedman
Sidney Beaumont 
Justin Wilkes
Produced by
Joe Berlinger
Edited by
Alyse Ardell Speigel