Parents Ask Oscars Bosses To Pull West Memphis Three Film From Oscars Contention

The parents of an Arkansas boy scout bludgeoned to death in 1993 have asked Academy Awards bosses to make sure a documentary about the tragedy is not nominated for a 2012 Oscar.
The murder led to the arrest and conviction of three West Memphis teens, who were released from prison earlier this year (Aug11) after maintaining they did not carry out the slayings of eight-year-old Michael Moore and two of his friends.
Director Joe Berlinger's film Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which recounts the gruesome murders and the incarceration and release of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley - who became known as the West Memphis Three - picked up the Best Documentary prize at the National Board of Review Awards on Thursday (01Dec11).
But Todd and Dana Moore have requested Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officials exclude the film from Oscars contention, claiming the documentary glorifies the men they are still convinced killed their son.
In a letter sent to the Academy, the Moores write, "Michael's killers were unjustly able to enter into a plea agreement, were released from prison and now pose additional threats to society.
"We implore the Academy not to reward our child's killers and the directors who have profited from one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated under the guise of a documentary film."
Berlinger has responded to the letter in the Jonesboro Sun newspaper, stating, "We feel tremendous sorrow for them (parents) and we understand why a film that comes to a different conclusion than they do would make them feel this way... We fervently believe the West Memphis Three are innocent."
The Moores briefly appeared in Berlinger's first film about the killings, 1996's Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, but maintain they were "misled" and "manipulated".


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I believe the parents are right. Many people believe the WM3 were guilty as charged. They were found guilty by a unanimous jury the first time. They plead guilty instead of waiting for a trial the second time.Misskelley confessed three separate times, once with his lawyer present. Misskelley also told two other people about the crime before he was arrested. Baldwin told someone else he committed the crimes. Echols was seen in muddy clothes near the crime scene. Echols is reported to have either told or bragged about the crime to four people before he was arrested. Echols also had a history of psychiatric treatment.His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood. He talked about getting his girlfriend pregnant, then using the baby as a human sacrifice. wm3truth (dot) com
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I think the parents were right. Many people believe the WM3 were guilty as charged. They were found guilty by a unanimous jury the first time. They plead guilty instead of waiting for a trial the second time.Misskelley confessed three separate times, once with his lawyer present. Misskelley also told two other people about the crime before he was arrested. Baldwin told someone else he committed the crimes. Echols was seen in muddy clothes near the crime scene. Echols is reported to have either told or bragged about the crime to four people before he was arrested. Echols also had a history of psychiatric treatment.His reported actions included brutally killing a dog, starting fires at his school, threatening to kill his teachers and parents and stating he liked to drink blood. He talked about getting his girlfriend pregnant, then using the baby as a human sacrifice. wm3truth (dot) com
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