New York Times bestselling author Damien Echols and his wife Lorri Davis reveal their intimate and affecting letters, written while Echols was wrongfully imprisoned on death row.
An explosive bestseller, Life After Death turned a national spotlight on Damien Echols, who was just eighteen when he was wrongly condemned to death. But one of the most remarkable parts of his story still remained untold. After seeing a documentary about the “West Memphis Three,” Lorri Davis—a New Yorkbased landscape architect—wrote him a letter, beginning a thirteen-year correspondence that witnessed their marriage while Echols was still on death row and culminated in Echols’ release in 2011. Sharing their private letters, Yours for Eternity is a must-read for the legions who followed the case as well as anyone who appreciates an extraordinary love story.
Echols (Life After Death) was on death row in Arkansas in 1996 when he began to correspond with Davis, a landscape architect living in New York City. Over the next 16 years, they wrote each other thousands of letters. The letters trace the evolution of their relationship through friendship to romance and marriage, and also address the complexities of Echols's appeals. Echols had been convicted for the murder of three young boys in West Memphis in 1993, and the case of the "West Memphis Three" became a cause c l bre, generating documentary films and books. Forensic evidence and claims of jury tampering led to the release of all three men in 2011. Echols and Davis are both competent writers (and postscripts and footnotes add some context to the correspondence); however, as intelligent and passionate as the lovers are, there's little for a reader not already engaged with Echols's odyssey. In the end, it's the quotidian details that leave the greatest impression: Echols's description of his Buddhist practice, or Davis's story of how she smuggled fruit into prison via a string tied to her underwear.
I'm just in love with this book, in love with their love story. About 3 weeks ago I purchased/read " Life After Death" and I just couldn't get enough, I wanted to know more of his story, More about their love story and how they overcame such tremendous stress. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK I was smiling throughout the whole book. They are just the cutest couple I've ever seen. I believe this (true) love story is better than any love story of human history. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT !
An amazing read!
I couldn't put this book down. An amazing story of love, spirituality, hope and hopelessness. An inside look at the struggles of two people dealing with a frustrating and corrupt system and the endurance it took them to get them through it all!
Everyone should read this book!