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When should a documentary film maker campaign for justice, rather than simply documenting it?  And where does it leave our verdict as a viewer? In 1993 three young boys are found in a ditch, bound and mutilated.  The local police, desperate for a conviction, make a connection between the marks on the dead children’s bodies and Satanic rituals.  Before long suspicion falls on three local teenagers, and in particular, Damien Echols, who with his died black hair, stands out from the rest of the community.  At the 1993 trial,…