In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three—were arrested for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas. The ensuing trial was marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison; while eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the “ringleader,” was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, the WM3 became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities who called for a new trial. In a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011.
Now Echols shares his story in full—from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades.
In these pages, Echols reveals himself a brilliant writer, infusing his narrative with tragedy and irony in equal measure: he describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in heartbreaking, agonizing detail. Life After Death is destined to be a riveting, explosive classic of prison literature.
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What a book. Listened to the entire audio book in one afternoon
Such a motivator
I have followed this case for years. Reading his whole life story leading up to his arrest, is so...I can't put into words what it is other than an honor. I've wanted to go into law enforcement for a very long time, this case was a huge reason why. The criminal justice system is set up well, but so many involved have lost sight of how it is supposed to run. I want to be apart of those who get it and want to be involved in making this country run smoothly. His story is full of so many topics I could touch on but I don't have the space! Just a huge thank you to Damien for letting the public in on his life and who he is as an incredible, brave, strong man.
Loved this book because it was written from the heart and soul of a man who has been to hell and back!