Via The Hoax, we have two reports of recent NYC screenings of Paradise Lost 3. There was a Q&A session after each screening. Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were present at both events, but Misskelley declined to participate in the Q&A both times.
The Clicker, an NBC blog where “TV junkies … dish on the latest boob-tube news”, covered a press screening at HBO headquarters. The article is full of the usual misinformation. For example, “The trio — who have maintained their innocence since their arrest ….” As any reporter willing to do ten minutes of fact-checking would know, Jessie Misskelley did not maintain his innocence after his arrest or after his conviction. He repeatedly told the same story about how Echols, Baldwin and he killed the three boys.
The Clicker report contains this interesting bit about the post-screening Q&A: “Misskelley, however, spoke little and had to leave the room when the discussion turned to who the three thought had actually committed the crimes.”
A Hoax poster provides a first-person account of a New York Film Festival screening of Paradise Lost 3 later that day. This time Misskelley declined to participate in the Q&A altogether.
The staff had placed enough chairs on stage to accommodate the Three, the two directors and a moderator. But when the directors announced their “special guests,” only Echols and Baldwin emerged from the wings, and soon enough there was an explanation that Misskelley had chosen to stay up in the balcony area (where the Three had been first seen in spotlight during the end credits, to a standing ovation). When his absence on stage was announced, he waved down to the crowd and got another smattering of applause.
Jessie Misskelley committed a horrific crime 18 years ago. But he still possesses more moral integrity than Joe Berlinger or Bruce Sinofsky or Shelia Nevins (HBO’s “head of documentary and family programming”).