'Lord of the Rings' director Peter Jackson isn't just interested in vanquishing evil on the big screen: He also wants to find the real killer in the still unsolved West Memphis Three case.

Even though the trio has been released from prison, Jackson (who also directed 'The Lovely Bones') will continue to fund the effort to clear their names and find the real murderer of three small boys, EW reports.

Jackson may not have been as vocal a supporter of the West Memphis Three as, say, Johnny Depp, but for the past several years, he's quietly funded private investigations and forensic experts in an effort to overturn their 1994 convictions.

Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Damien Echols were freed on August 19, but are technically still considered guilty. "The ongoing work will focus on proving the convicted men's innocence, as it always has," Jackson's manager, Ken Kamins told EW. He added that Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh hope their efforts will "lead to the unmasking of the actual killer."
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