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I think Byers is probably the fakest creature to ever walk on two legs. He puts on all these false faces. Damien Echols, Paradise Lost 2: The directors are no longer interested in letting their subjects unwittingly reveal something to the viewer. Instead, they are imposing their own views on this subject, subsequently aiming to influence the perception of others.
This is done at various points that seemingly match the location of the harrowing discovery with its present day state. As these diegetic scenes work to imply the complicity of Byers in the murders, this method of cross cutting suggests that Byers was present at the time of the initial murders. Jumping between these alternate points in time to impose a specific narrative trajectory effectively constructs Byers as culpable.
The forensic images of the deceased victims usually interrupt the diegetic progress of the film, drawing us back to the harrowing reality of the crime. They signify hope in that they are now used to identify the real killer, advocating the innocence of those believed to have been wrongfully prosecuted. The problem here is that this is also executed at the expense of someone else.
In other words, the brutal murder of the children is again supplanted by the narrative intent of the filmmakers. External interference as monetary incentive and the shifting assertions of guilt Of course, it is one thing to influence reality through the very presence of the documentary camera marked as a palpable form of intervention itself ; it is another to extend this intervention in a more literal and direct manner.
At the final credit sequence of both Revelations and Purgatory, the statement is made that some individuals received an honorarium for their participation within the films.
Although it is not made explicitly clear as to whom these individuals are, such an acknowledgement does point to the questionable nature of some of the material recorded and the reliability of certain testimonies. Outlined by Mara Leveritt , these honorariums were paid equally to the three families of the victims and the three families of the accused.
These honorariums have been identified as: Essential to the first trial because of the lack of resources available to the public defenders assigned to the cases. This money was used to pay a number of expert witnesses who testified for the defence, tangibly altering the trial process.
In doing so, the filmmakers affiliated with the HBO network funded a considerable part of the defence counsel, documenting the testimony of the legal experts they had effectively paid for. The question remains as to whether or not the case would have proceeded in the same way had this intervention not been instigated. Although the funding in question was connected to the performativity of those involved, it also meant that the filmmakers could influence the case in other ways, subsequently recording the outcomes of their respective interventions.
In response to the first two films, Jennifer L. Mnookin has identified John Mark Byers as the figurehead to which such criticism may be directed. The nature of Byers and the performativity of his constructed character has meant that any testimony he provides is immediately constructed as suspicious within the diegesis of the documentaries even suggesting an indirect collaboration with the filmmakers.
As such, Mnookin asserts the following with regard to the construction of Byers within these terms: Learning that he is being paid has a destabilizing effect: At the extreme, what if Byers has come to believe that the WM3 are not guilty himself? What if his odd behaviour is his own peculiar contribution to helping convince the public that an injustice has occurred? Reflecting on the first two films in a bonus scene extracted from the third documentary found on the HBO website ,6 Byers has made the following comments: I do not think Byers is suggesting here that he purposely acted the way he did to promote the innocence of the defendants.
The problematic issue with these sentiments is that we are unaware as to how much wider reading around the case Byers has conducted. He has featured in countless televised interviews since the murder of his stepson and has developed an impressive media savvy throughout the progression of the case.
It may be the case that Byers even read the article by Jennifer Mnookin as his statements echo some of the more critical aspects of her commentary. However, there are notable contradictions within the third film that point towards similar techniques of demonization that is now mapped onto other invested parties. Newly uncovered DNA evidence also points to the implication of Hobbs: Emphasis is placed on the notion that because the hair does not match any of the three accused, it is an important element attributed to their innocence not the specific denigration of Hobbs as a suspect.
Although those involved in the defence press conference are not saying that Hobbs committed the crimes the tested DNA evidence remaining significantly inconclusive , the directors go on to pursue that line of enquiry anyway. The representation of truth and its reliability still remain in a state of flux, as the third film works to assert allegations of guilt onto Terry Hobbs much in the same fashion Byers was victimised within Revelations.
Because Purgatory intensifies the advocacy of the previous documentaries, it is again problematic that these methods are used in the pursuit of exoneration even if the three are innocent beyond any reasonable doubt. It is here that ethical and moral implications are drawn into focus; the filmmakers are no doubt accountable for their representation of Hobbs as a viable culprit.
Re-evaluation, remediation and release This final section looks at the further mediation of the case beyond the confines of the Paradise Lost trilogy.
As other documentaries have been produced, they emerge from the initial Paradise Lost film and feedback into the wider documentary series as a whole. The initial film surfaced at a period preceding the growing omnipresence of veracious documentation. Indeed, the trajectory that the films went onto follow encountered the advent, and ubiquity, of several new media technologies specifically the Internet.
The means through which the case has been documented and subsequently mediated straddles a variety of different formats, ranging from television programmes, websites and evidence archives to the remediation of the documentaries on sites such as YouTube.
Not only do these films remediate other external sources and media, they also re-incorporate themselves into one another as the series progresses. The culmination of this process can be observed within Purgatory as the narrative of the first film is reiterated within a new diegetic framework.
The critical point here is that this is achieved through the composition of alternative footage shot and archived between and the release of the first film in presumably that which was relegated to the cutting room floor. The filmmakers decided that footage that was not relevant in the first instance was now suitable for inclusion in the later film. The saturation of the world, the technical saturation of life If not erasing or invalidating that sense of reality, the documentaries at least work to undercut certain veracity and draw their own representation into dispute.
Redux, adaptation and return The implementation of contractual obligations between Paradise Lost: Purgatory and West of Memphis has meant that these films had restricted rights of access to interview certain participants.
The notion of ostensible truth s where one cannot exist therefore continues to plague the documentation of the case. A further development is how aspects of the case history are now being adapted into a fictional drama. The True Story of The West Memphis Three , the feature length drama acts as a fictional adaptation of this other documented version of the case.
The documentaries are therefore subsumed into a book that forms the basis of this fictional depiction. Although the film has yet to be released it is in the process of filming at the time of writing , the writers of its screenplay both Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson may also be credited with the horror films Hellraiser: Inferno , Urban Legends: Standing as one of the most recent developments in the documentation of the case is the newly acquired television series Paradise Falls, bought by the Fox network in the United States from Margaret Nagle writer- producer of the prohibition set crime drama, Boardwalk Empire.
Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
In a press statement relating to the shows production, a synopsis reads as follows: The series centres on a down-on-his-luck documentary filmmaker who is sent by a crime reality show to cover the trial of a heinous crime that has engulfed the tourist town of Paradise Falls, PA.
As we have seen, the treatment of John Mark Byers throughout the documentaries especially in the first film and its sequel pointed to the cultivation of his eccentric persona and his awareness of the media. This was equated with the questionability of Byers as a character and his suspected culpability in the murders of the three young victims. Do I hear 16? I hear Do I hear 18?
Do I hear 17,? I got 17,, do I hear 18? I got 18,, do I hear 19? Do I hear 20? Do I hear 20,? I got 20, Do I hear 21?
Can I go ride bikes? What about your homework? I want to show him my new bike. Grandpa got it for me. It's so cool. Please, Mama? You know I have to go to work at I know. I'll be back. Boy, if you are not back here by , you're gonna be grounded for two weeks. You hear me? Thanks, Mama. See ya at Love you. I love you, too. Now y'all get out of here. Okay, do not mess me up. I have to go to work. I have to go to work! Where's the boy? He went out riding bikes with Michael.
But I told him he better by home by All the way up to Blue Beacon Truck Stop. And I parked my bike back there. Where's Bubba? I don't see the boy nowhere.
Well, when you do, you tell him he's grounded. Two weeks. All right? See you all in a bit. Bye, sugar. Police converged on the spot. Sergeant Allen, wearing dress shoes, slacks, a white shirt and tie, was the first to enter the water. Allen raised a foot. Bubbles gathered around it and floated to the surface. The muck beneath his shoe made a sucking, reluctant sound. Then a pale form began to rise in the water. It was about 1: Word of the discovery spread like fire through West Memphis.
Police cars were stationed at the McAuley Drive entrance to the woods and at the entrance south of the Blue Beacon. For the detectives, in a dense and seldom visited part of the woods kids called Old Robin Hood, the job ahead was as odious as obvious. If one body had been submerged in the stream, the others might be as well. Detective Bryn Ridge volunteered for the unnerving job.
Leaving the first body where it floated, the dark-haired, heavyset officer walked several feet downstream and waded into the water. Lowering himself to his knees, he spread his hands on the silty bottom.
Then slowly, on all fours, he began to crawl up the narrow stream, searching the mud with his hands, expecting—and dreading—that at any moment he would touch another dead child. He encountered instead a stick stuck unnaturally into the mud. He could feel something wrapped around it. Carefully, Ridge stood up and returned to the floating body.
He lifted the body to the bank. And they could see that between the time the boy was last seen and now, he had endured tremendous violence. Rather, the left ankle was tied to the left wrist; the right ankle and right wrist were tied. The boy had been tied with shoelaces. The bindings left the body in a dramatically vulnerable pose. The severity of the wounds to his head suggested a component of rage.
Once begun, the gruesome search intensified. Reentering the water and resuming his search by hand, Ridge found more sticks stuck like pins into the muddy bottom. Twisted deliberately around them were other items of clothing. Before long, all the clothing listed on the three missing-person reports had been pulled out of the water, with the exception of a sock and two pairs of underpants.
The detectives were especially intrigued by the trousers, two of which were inside out. Yet all three were zippered up and buttoned. Ridge reentered the water farther downstream, and this time he felt what he had feared. This was the body of Stevie Branch. He too showed signs of having been beaten, and the left side of his face bore other savage marks. Minutes later, Ridge found the body of Christopher Byers. Like the others it was submerged facedown in the mud.
He was also naked and tied in the same manner as the others, but when detectives rolled him over in the water, they were assaulted by another shock. Only a thin flap of flesh remained where his genitals should have been, and the area around the castration had been savagely punctuated with deep stab wounds.
By now it was 3 P. Detectives found the two bicycles thirty yards away, also underwater. When the coroner arrived, he found all three of the bodies out of the water and lying on the bank.
What had begun as a search now became a murder investigation, with Gitchell still in charge. His officers photographed and videotaped the scene alongside the stream, where the three white bodies lay.
By now, however, the bodies had been out of the water for so long that they were attracting flies and other insects. Then he walked to the edge of the woods, where a large crowd had assembled. Gitchell stopped Hobbs and gently reported the news.
And yes, it was clear that they had been murdered. Hobbs crumpled to the ground and cried. Gitchell spoke briefly to reporters.
Then he walked over to John Mark Byers, whose stepson Chris had been mutilated. Byers was leaning against a police car. As a photographer for the West Memphis Evening Times aimed her camera and clicked the shutter, Gitchell held out a hand to Byers, as if to support or even embrace him.
When a reporter approached, Byers shook his head in a gesture of bewilderment.
He had searched that very site just the night before, he said. I was out looking until four-thirty. The remark struck no one as odd. Many people had searched the area and seen no trace of the missing children.
Byers then provided the reporter more information than Gitchell had divulged, information he said the detectives had given him. Eventually, onlookers saw a black hearse drive east on the service road and turn into the Blue Beacon Truck Wash, where it backed up to the edge of the lot. Police covered in dirt and sweat carried three body bags through the opening on the north edge of the woods, across a grassy field, and loaded them through the open rear door.
By then, reporters from Memphis, Little Rock, and Jonesboro, Arkansas, a city about twice the size of West Memphis sixty miles to the north, had converged on the scene. Though the reporters begged Gitchell for information, he told them he had nothing more to say.
The scoop established a dominance for that paper that would continue as the story unfolded. The details the paper picked up from the state police report included references to how the boys were tied. It also said—incorrectly—that all three had been sexually mutilated.
He did, however, confirm that all of the victims had been bound hand to foot. He also remarked on the intensity of the search in the woods, noting, as if mystified, That area where the boys were found was saturated hard and heavy that morning and even the evening before.
The place where the boys were last seen was just a few hundred yards from where their bodies had floated up. The site was a half mile due north of the corner where Christopher Byers and Michael Moore lived.
She was crying and had little to say. Before closing the door, she added, All I know is that my child is dead and so are the other two. West Memphis went into shock. Adults wanted to know more than that, but Gitchell was saying little. Of all the parents, John Mark Byers was the most willing to talk. Neighbors and sympathetic church groups began to organize collections.
And a reward fund had been started for information leading to the arrest of the murderer—or murderers. But by the weekend it was also becoming clear that this crime would not be quickly solved. He noted that his detectives were considering a wide range of possibilities, including that the murders might have resulted from gang or cult activity —though he quickly added that he had seen no evidence of either. To outsiders it seemed a strange pronouncement, an acknowledgment that detectives were considering an unusual explanation for the murders, despite the fact that no evidence suggested it.
But readers in West Memphis understood. Within hours after the discovery of the bodies, rumors attributing the killings to satanism had begun to circulate. Two women had already reported sounds of devil worshiping in the woods.
Word that the case might have satanic overtones was prevalent enough that when the West Memphis Police Department assigned the case number to the murder file, reporters asked whether the last three digits had been deliberately chosen.
Did the number suggest a police theory of the crime? Did it refer to the Antichrist? Gitchell insisted that it did not. The assignment of that particular number, he said, had been entirely coincidental.
Title: Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
He explained that cases were numbered according to the date the crime had occurred and the number of cases that had already been entered for the year. It was entirely by chance, he said, that this particular case, which occurred in the fifth month of , just happened to be the th worked by the department so far.
That report—which was among the earliest in the case—identified it as The larger state police agency could have sent detectives from its Criminal Investigation Division into West Memphis to aid in what promised to be a difficult investigation. But Gitchell declined the offer, and though one state police officer did help conduct some interviews, the role of the state police in West Memphis was minimal. The less the public knew, he reasoned, the better he and his detectives could work.
If no one but the killer or killers knew the exact nature of the wounds, for example, the questioning of suspects would be easier. The morning after the discovery of the bodies, when the Memphis Commercial Appeal published that information, Gitchell had been livid. The incident that had brought state investigators into Crittenden County arose less than four months before the murders, and the investigation into it was not over yet.
It centered on drugs. It suggested corruption. And it began with another murder. The victim this time was a deputy sheriff—an undercover narcotics investigator who, the state police discovered, had been pawning evidence seized in drug arrests to download drugs for himself. It was a tawdry story, but one that was only partly reported. The deputy was buried with honors.
He did his job, the sheriff said at his funeral. He did a good job for us. Guns seized in drug arrests were found to be missing from the evidence locker. Questions were also raised about drugs and money that had been seized and not accounted for.
One deputy told investigators that it had become common practice for members of the drug task force to help themselves to guns that were reported to the courts as having been destroyed. The most serious statements were those made by and about Lieutenant James Sudbury, a West Memphis narcotics detective. Shortly before those murders occurred, however, Sudbury admitted to state police investigators that he had taken personal possession of at least four weapons that had been seized by the drug task force as evidence.
Other members of the task force reported that Sudbury had taken several other items as well. But Davis, who would also play a key role in the forthcoming triple murder case, opted not to prosecute Sudbury or the other officers involved.And it began with another murder. That was his idea.
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New Documentary 2nd Edition. Eventually, onlookers saw a black hearse drive east on the service road and turn into the Blue Beacon Truck Wash, where it backed up to the edge of the lot.
The series centres on a down-on-his-luck documentary filmmaker who is sent by a crime reality show to cover the trial of a heinous crime that has engulfed the tourist town of Paradise Falls, PA.
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