Last week in this blog, we looked at the HBO documentary There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane and wondered whether or not a film like that could have any effect, either on an audience or on those appearing in it. What Joe Berlinger, a Chappaqua native and now Northern Westchester resident, proves is that, yes, an HBO documentary can have a tremendous impact. In 1996, Berlinger (whom I had the pleasure of interviewing for Crude, his film about Chevron's destruction of Ecuador) and co-filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky released a documentary to the cable channel called Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills, about three teenagers known as the West Memphis Three: Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Damien Wayne Echols, and Jason Baldwin. The Three were convicted of murdering three second-graders. Echols was given the death penalty. "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills is unique among courtroom documentaries in that the filmmakers, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, seem to have had complete access to both sides of the trial process, including private family meetings, conferences with lawyers, even sessions in the judge's chambers," Roger Ebert wrote at the...