One summer afternoon in 1993, three young boys named Stevie, Christopher and Michael went to play at a local nature spot called Robin Hood Hills in West Memphis, Arkansas. Stevie’s mom, Pam (Reese Witherspoon), told him to be home by 4:30 p.m., but the exchange was the last she would ever have with her son.

The next morning, the boys’ bodies were found near a creek; naked, beaten and mutilated. The police department launched a massive manhunt and a month later, three teenagers accused of being Satan worshippers are arrested. The accused became known as the “West Memphis Three,” but despite subsequent convictions, they were all released in 2011.

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