The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Ron Lax: But if these three boys are innocent, would you want three families to lose their children too?
Chris Morgan: Last time I've seen Stevie was about a year and half ago, when I sold him some ice cream. I'm sure I sold ice cream to all three of those boys.
Margaret Lax: The police seem so certain, are you sure you wanna do this?
Ron Lax: Yes. Yes I am.
Margaret Lax: It's just that sometimes you take these things so personally. You know, you lose perspective. You get obsessed.
Ron Lax: That's right, Magggie. When I see something like this happen, when I see a town lose three of its children, and they sacrifice three more for revenge, then I do take it personally.
Terry Hobbs: You're supposed to be a grieving mother. You start behaving like one. You hear me?
Damien Echols: I guess I'm just self-destructive.
Ron Lax: Since when do we depend on police reports?
Judge David Burnett: And I'll repeat, I am acutely aware there's a great deal of emotion involved, and this court will not tolerate any verbal outburst, any display of emotion, whatsoever!
Ron Lax: The state is gonna kill three young men, and I can't stand by and watch that happen.
Pam Hobbs: I don't know anymore.
Ron Lax: Neither do I. But I know in my heart that Jason, Jessie, and Damien did not do this.
Chris Morgan: You want me to lie?
Ron Lax: Come on, Jerry. All that occult crime, Satanic panic stuff's been studied by the FBI and they said it's all smoke and no fire.
Jerry Driver: I know what I've seen with my own two eyes, and I'm telling you evidence of occult activity was everywhere that summer.
Judge David Burnett: I'm not gonna allow you to drag in every possible suspect unless you've got something to tie those persons to some event in this case!
Pam Hobbs: My son is eight years old! He sleeps with a night light on, he did not run away from home!
Terry Hobbs: [Looks out the car window] I don't see the boy.
Pam Hobbs: Well when you do, tell him he's grounded. Two weeks.

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