A gripping trailer for "West of Memphis," the documentary Peter Jackson produced about the West Memphis Three, has debuted, offering a glimpse into the chaos and conspiracies surrounding the infamous trial.
"West of Memphis" director Amy Berg appears to have put together a speed-rap of a documentary which focuses on the trial, conviction and eventual release of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin. The then-teens were found guilty of the murders of three children in West Memphis, Arkansas and freed from prison 17 years later.
In a bizarre twist, the documentary itself has already began to figure into the real life drama surrounding the case. Investigators intrigued by the film are mulling over whether or not to reopen the case. Berg believes such a move would be a big step "in the right direction."
Jackson is hardly the only big name attached to the project. Actor Johnny Depp has also been closely associated with the documentary and the accused gentlemen.
"West of Memphis" will hit theaters on Christmas. Sony Pictures is releasing the film.
Pam Hicks, mother of victim Steve Branch, says she is desperate for closure. "I am asking for everything. Everything I can get, use and know so that an investigation allows for the right person to pay for this crime." she said.
Craighead County Court House
Women hold a sign at the Craighead County Court House in Jonesboro, Ark., on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, proclaiming innocence of three Arkansas men convicted in the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis, Ark., children. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
West Memphis Three
Jason Baldwin, left, Damien Echols, center and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., right, served nearly two decades in prison for the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis, Ark., children.
Supporters of the "West Memphis Three"
In this Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, file picture, singer Eddie Vedder, left, Lori Davis, the wife of Damien Echols, center, and singer Natalie Maines, right, participate in a news conference before the "Voices for Justice" concert in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Brian Chilson, File)
In this Feb. 18, 2010 file photo, Damien Echols is interviewed in the visiting area of the Arkansas Department of Correction Varner Unit prison in Varner, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
Pamela Echols, mother of Damien Echols, arrives at the Craighead County Court House in Jonesboro, Ark., for a hearing Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
John Mark Byers
John Mark Byers, the father of Christopher Byers, a one of the three children killed in 1993, proclaimed the innocence of three men convicted in the case outside of the Craighead County Court House in Jonesboro, Ark., Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article erroneously described Echols, Misskelley and Baldwin as "exonerated."
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