Justice Is Not Served: ‘Paradise Lost’ and Dear Zachary’

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For our first documentary special in quite some time, we decided to give ourselves an emotional beating for some reason by sticking with an unusual theme: three docs that focus on miscarriages of justice. First up in Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, which made famous the case of the West Memphis Three; then we skip ahead to 2008’s Witch Hunt, which chronicles a rash of mistaken convictions for child molestation in Florida in the mid-80s; finally, we’ll be talking about Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father, Kurt Kuenne’s emotionally wrenching advocacy piece / rememberance / home movie about the death of his best friend and the turmoil that followed. Amidst the true-crime grimness, Simon tries to crack a joke or two (badly) while bungling several names and titles. Classy, as ever.

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Learn more about the West Memphis Three here.

Playlist:

Grails – Deep Politics
Metallica – Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Times New Viking – No Room To Live
Kris Ellestad – Sorry Booin’ (listen to or buy the great No Man Is Land at krisellestad.bandcamp.com)

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