Life After Death by Damien Echols

Life After Death

By Damien Echols

  • Release Date: 2012-09-18
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Hard to understand

    5
    By Molly782
    It is extremely hard to understand that some people that have sworn to uphold the law are either to lazy or want to cause harm to another just because they can. An excellent read and I do hope that these, now three men, get the justice they truly deserve.
  • Damien Eccles

    5
    By Hesplergirl
    Great read. It educated me on how unfair the justice system can be .
  • So-so

    3
    By ashley burrows
    For the most part the book was good. I found at times he rambled on to the point where I skipped pages to find more interesting parts.

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