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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
In 1993, three second grade boys were found brutally murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three teenagers were convicted of slaughtering the boys as part of a Satanic ritual. Many, including filmmakers Joe Berlinger and and Bruce Sinofsky, believed the teens were innocent, and that their convictions were based more on community biases and dubious police work than on actual evidence. “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills” is the first documentary in a trilogy about the lives of the teenagers, who became known as the West Memphis Three.
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
The general public knows of Aileen Wuornos from Charlize Theron’s Academy Award-winning portrayal of the serial killer in the movie Monster. There’s a good deal more to Wuornos than “Monster” reveals, however, as this documentary, along with its predecessor, “Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer,” shows. Though Wuornos was undoubtedly guilty of horrific crimes, filmmaker Nick Broomfield presents a picture of a woman completely out of touch with reality, whose execution—in some respects—seems like the fulfillment of an agenda that falls way outside of the realm of criminal justice.
The Witness puts to death the persistent, pernicious myth—that 38 people saw Kitty Genovese being murdered on the street in 1964, yet did nothing—to bed once and for all. Filmmaker James Solomon follows Kitty’s brother, Bill, as he goes on a journey to uncover the truth of what really happened that night, while celebrating the life of his sister along the way.
Into the Abyss
Wener Herzog’s harrowing look at a Texan inmate’s final days on death row is considered a modern-day classic. No matter your stance on capital punishment, this documentary is an essential part of any true crime aficionado’s repertoire.
Want to lose all faith in the criminal justice system—at least, in the Canadian criminal justice system—and in humanity in just an hour and a half? Watch “Dear Zachary.” While we’re being a bit hyperbolic here, “Dear Zachary” is one of the most profoundly disturbing documentaries in recent memory: a tale in which bureaucratic red tape becomes truly, devastatingly lethal. The murder of promising young doctor Andrew Bagby by his deranged ex-girlfriend sets off a chain of events that will leave you reeling.
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