Child murders at Robin Hood Hills

NVG9744-03 I saw a documentary the other day. It’s called Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. It’s been lingering about in my head for two weeks now. Not many movies do that to me. The premise: three children are tortured, raped and murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993. Three teenage boys (the West Memphis 3) are accused based on the confession made by one of them. The other two deny any involvement. All three are duly prosecuted and facing trial.

There is no evidence.

Or, to put it mildly, the evidence is circumstantial. They wear black. They listen to heavy metal music. They read about the Wicca religion. These things might be considered outlandish in certain communities, but do they actually predispose someone to brutal murder?

The crime scene is a woody area with a small creek running through it. Although the children were mutilated there is no blood. No fingerprints. Not any weapons or tools. DNA analysis is inconclusive. It’s as if the whole affair had been carried out by professional killers. Contrast this with three ignorant and obtuse boys who never saw a book other than the bible (actually, that’s not entirely true, one of them adopted Wicca). Never been out of town. They have been subject to religious indoctrination all their lives. They seek attention. During the trials it seemed to me as though they were enjoying the whole shebang, as well as, at the same time, being completely oblivious to what was going on around them or what was at stake. It’s evident, at least for me, that these guys were not able to perform the abomination of what they were accused. boys

The parents of the murdered, in a good Christian-like manner, are bloodthirsty. They want to see the alleged perpetrators go down in flames. The genuine hatred radiating off their faces is terrifying. The level of stupidity exhibited by these people is appalling to the average European viewer. You really need to watch it yourself to get a grasp of what I mean.

Two of them are sentenced to life without parole, one of them to death by lethal injection. They accept the sentence with utter indifference. No emotional breakdowns, nothing. They’re not aware of what just happened. They’re led away in bulletproof vests.

You can watch the trailer here. I sat through the whole two and a half hours of the film without stirring once.

Metallica_-_Master_of_Puppets Another aspect of the film that drew me in is the extensive use of Metallica’s music. I’ve never listened to Metallica before. I still can’t appreciate the thrashing parts, but when they slow it down, they sound great. Director Joe Berlinger made me want to listen to this album to the left. I later learned that it’s considered one of the greatest heavy metal albums ever. Well, I don’t know about that, but I really enjoyed Welcome Home (Sanitarium) and Orion.

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18 Comments

  1. February 24, 2010 at 07:57

    did you ever think that these kids acted indifferent to their sentences because they did, in fact, commit the heinous crimes, and knew they deserved the punishment. And how can you say that the fact that they practice wicca has nothing to do with it. usually people that worship the devil are pretty messed up.

    • Anonymous said,

      February 25, 2010 at 20:53

      you’re a complete idiot

    • Kya said,

      May 19, 2010 at 23:41

      Oh sweetheart, you are ignorant. Wicca has NOTHING to do with worshiping the devil. The devil is mainly a Christian invention. Wicca is a pagan religion. It believes in the power of nature, mother nature. The beauty and life giving nature that is all around us. It believes in creating magic by using the power of our mind and the power of intuition. It mainly focuses on the woman as a God because the female body produces all life.
      I could go on for a while…
      Before you make dumb statements about things (and especially other religions) maybe you should try and educate yourself a bit?

      • Anonymous said,

        January 18, 2012 at 16:48

        Actually Satan or Lucifer is spoken of in the Torah as well as ancient Persia, long before Jesus walked the earth. So to make the statement “the devil” is mainly a Christian “invention” is inaccurate and pompous. To the God of the Bible Wicca has everything to do with Lucifer and his legion, “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:20-21. Now if the female body produces all life, how does your “goddess” explain asexual reproduction in organisms that don’t possess gender specific chromosomes?

  2. allison humphery said,

    May 5, 2010 at 15:08

    i think they all should have got the chiar for what they did to those kids

  3. cj of the hook said,

    May 5, 2010 at 15:23

    i believe that there was some thing wrong with the people that murdered the young boys although i do think that we shouldnt forget about the raped and sexually abused victims that are alive and have to liv e with the memories of what happened

  4. allison humphrey said,

    May 5, 2010 at 15:25

    that still dosnt mean just to give up and try to kill yourself or they kill u first

  5. cj of the hook said,

    May 5, 2010 at 15:28

    that not what i said i’m saying you shouldn’t just worry about the dead(but i do know those kids went through a hard time) that they probaly went through less pain then a victim of rape and sexual abuse because they dont have tto live in fear of what happened n they dont stay up crying everynight because of what so idk

  6. allison humphrey said,

    May 6, 2010 at 14:48

    i know but its still not right and i would rather be alive then die

  7. cj of the hook said,

    May 6, 2010 at 20:34

    really thats pretty sad n i mean have u actualy ever lived through it im goinmg to guess not so you cant say to much

  8. Zaraphin said,

    July 26, 2010 at 15:16

    I find it a shame that the police can question a teen without the kids lawyer or parents even knowing about it til its to late.. the judge the lead investigator and the other cops involved should be on trial for murder as well..i mean they set up 3 kids… and they are all rotting away in jail and one on death row..its a damn shame and makes me sad to know that justice really is blind,just like the system..

  9. Laurie said,

    August 7, 2010 at 15:37

    If I was on that jury I could not have voted guilty, there was no way anyone could have said these kids did it with no doubt!!!

  10. Anonymous said,

    July 16, 2012 at 03:21

    i think u are all sad, arguing over the internet, im sat smiling to myslef, u fucking freaks, get a life u fucking ball bags

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  12. Damianmason said,

    May 28, 2013 at 06:29

    I read paradise lost a few years ago, I can only rcall small details but I saw somthing on tv tonight and it was about dna-or hair found on the ligature on one of the boys necks, they said it matched the step dad of one of the victims,, who gave a false alibi on his whereabouts between 6_6.30 on the night it happened, and also 2 lady neighbours said the same guy called the kids into the house,that same guy denied seeing any of the kids at all that day,his now ex wife said he beat the shit outta that jid and she found a small pen knife that she said the kid had it on him right up till the day it happened,but the same guy said he had taken it from him a long time before, his was a real investigation with the step dad on camera denying all this and the kids mam and 2 neighbours telling it all too,

  13. Damianmason said,

    May 28, 2013 at 06:44

    Is it true there was no blood at the scene and the knife from the water circumstantial as it coulntbe proved to have made the cuts, imagine if the kids step dad was a pervert and ,,,let’s say ,,,molested them at the house then dumped the bodies thus lying about going into the woods,,on his own,,,imgine if there was 2 men who did this, that same kids mam said in front of me that she believes now that this man did this but is scared coz the cops fucked up and they won’t admit it as damien and his co cused wil have to be released,,,,,,,,embarrassing the judical system up there, the step dad shoul be given a lie detecter then if conclusive,,,tried,

  14. Damianmason said,

    May 28, 2013 at 06:46

    I read paradise lost a few years ago, I can only rcall small details but I saw somthing on tv tonight and it was about dna-or hair found on the ligature on one of the boys necks, they said it matched the step dad of one of the victims,, who gave a false alibi on his whereabouts between 6_6.30 on the night it happened, and also 2 lady neighbours said the same guy called the kids into the house,that same guy denied seeing any of the kids at all that day,his now ex wife said he beat the shit outta that jid and she found a small pen knife that she said

    the kid had it on him right up till the day it happened,but the same guy said he had taken it from him a long time before, his was a real investigation with the step dad on camera denying all this and the kids mam and 2 neighbours telling it all too,


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