It's MAYHEM again, our month-long coverage of True Crime documentaries.
Part 1 of our True Crime series starts off with West of Memphis (2012 Amy Berg). We recap this follow-up to the Paradise Lost series with horror filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth. Gavin is shooting a new feature film "Last Call" this summer, and make sure to check out his newly released music videos for artist SYML titled "Body" and "The War"!
Canadian born director Gavin Michael Booth’s film, music video and commercial work has been featured around the globe in theatres, on television and online. His work includes collaborations with Third Eye Blind, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Blumhouse, Royal Bank of Canada and more. Currently LA-based, Gavin is available for projects in the U.S. & Canada.
As with the Paradise Lost film and its two sequels, West of Memphis follows the events of the West Memphis Three, a case in which three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin) were arrested for the murders of three 8-year old children.
The West Memphis Three were subsequently convicted of murder and remained in prison for more than 18 years. West of Memphis focuses on Terry Hobbs, stepfather of Stevie Branch, one of the victims of the 1993 crime, as a potential suspect due to physical evidence linking him to the crime, a history of violent behavior and his lack of an alibi for the time the murders were committed, as well as damaging statements made by his ex-wife, former neighbors, and most recently his own nephew, who claims Hobbs confessed to him. The film reveals that inexplicably Terry Hobbs was not interviewed by police at the time of the murders.
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