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Life After Death: Eighteen Years on Death Row

Life After Death: Eighteen Years on Death Row [Kindle Edition]

Damien Echols
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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 three men became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities calling 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 and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades.

About the Author

Damien Echols was born in 1974 and grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Oregon, and Arkansas. At age eighteen, he was arrested along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley and charged with the deaths of three boys, now known as the Robin Hood Hill murders, in West Memphis, Arkansas. Echols received a death sentence and spent almost eighteen years on Death Row, until he, Baldwin, and Misskelley were released in 2011. He and his wife, Lorri Davis, live in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0142180289
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (9 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A25NLNQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, as a WM3 supporter 27 Nov 2012
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I have followed the WM3 case over the last few years, having read Damien's previous book Almost Home, and seen the three Paradise Lost documentaries, as well as the Peter Jackson & Amy Berg documentary West of Memphis. I enjoy Damien's writing, despite the odd nasty comment, as other reviewers have mentioned -- some of the things he says serve to remind you that he's just a regular everyday guy with a few petty prejudices, not the wise leader he's sometimes made out to be.

If you are buying this book, you need to know that about 80% of it is an exact reprinting of Almost Home. Another 10% appears to be reprinting of Damien's blog posts campaigning for help with their case over the last few years. The final 10% is new material, from what I can tell.

With a name like "Life After Death", I expected the book to primarily focus on Damien's experience after coming out of prison, but that part amounts to barely a chapter. There is, for example, a picture of he and his wife in New Zealand with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, but no information about that trip. This smacks of false advertising.

I don't criticise Damien here, so much as the publisher. Repackaging previous work in a new book without making this clear to those purchasing is a rip-off.

You might enjoy this if you haven't already read Almost Home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant put this book down! 12 Sep 2013
By Hetmck
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I saw this book advertised in a Sunday supplement magazine and although I don't read a lot I fancied this one. Cant put the book down as you just want to know what happens next and why.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Freeing the WM3 19 Jun 2013
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I have been a follower of the wrongly imprisoned WM3 story since the days of my old Geocities blog, which was decorated in "Free the West Memphis 3" banners. This book recycles a fair amount to existing material from the writings of Damien Echols, which in itself isn't a bad thing, but for anyone already familiar with these - there isn't much here to warrant the extra space on their bookshelf. The writing style is `warts and all' so whilst some people may be comfortable with the way Damien recounts his thoughts and feelings, they may not may pleasant reading for everyone. This is the story of a corrupt legal system and hardship faced by its victims, from the lips of a man who, whilst history may have vindicated him and his co-prisoners, will never get those years back. Dark in places, but always captivating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking yet not totally convincing... 26 July 2014
By Matt N
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Damien Echols is undoubtedly an intelligent writer, enabling the reader to empathise with the situation he went through superbly, however his casually dismissal of his time spent under psychiatric care and blaming all the failings of the 'WM3' case on the backward small town politics and ignorance left a somewhat bitter taste in the mouth. There is so much more to the case of the 'WM3' than Damien portrays. A good read for anyone interested in the WM3 and Damien's insight into the American justice system is both thought provoking and highly interesting.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 18 Oct 2012
I am sure few of us can imagine anything more horrifying than being accused of a terrible crime of which we were entirely innocent. Then to be convicted and sent to death row - it's an unbearable thought. Damien Echols suffered this injustice for 18 years. His corrupt accusers and jailers nearly finished him off in body, but his strength of mind was incredible and he triumphed over all. It is a fascinating read (I finished it in a weekend) and a real insight into how human strength can be found amid deepest despair. Damien's varied and experimental faiths and beliefs carried him through where others would have given up. To quote Eddie Vedder; "Damien shows us how to live."

I hope one day there is truth and justice for those poor little boys and their families.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life after death 20 May 2014
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This is a must read book for those that enjoy real life prison books. Feel for him being locked up for a crime that he did not commit
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ 12 May 2014
By Corinne
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Great read, I'd recommend it to anyone, I've cried & laughted reading this book and in my opinion that's what makes a book great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in the most depraved of circumstances 6 May 2014
By kjohn
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An amazingly uplifting account of the triumph of the human spirit in an appallingly dark, ignorant, hateful and destructive legal system.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ,couldn't put this down once I had started reading
Sad and happy emotions come from this book .very tragic story. I decided to read this after watching paradise lost ,and I will go on to watch west of Memphis and read a love story... Read more
Published 1 day ago by samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing words
Such a sad story and such failures of a judicial system...
Moving in every word... Very compelling and filled with heartache.
Published 29 days ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, fast delivery
Published 1 month ago by Miss Sarah H Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars great book loved it but 18 years omg poor man
I could not believe that an other human could treat another like that they should be put on death row
Published 2 months ago by toni king
4.0 out of 5 stars This book makes me appreciate my life and freedom.
Couldn't put this book down! Interesting, sad and funny. He must have a very strong state of mind considering what he went through in his life.
Published 3 months ago by The voice
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirable
An amazing account of a grave miscarriage of justice. The author is to be commended for his stoicism, and philosophical attitude.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Damien Echols
Extremely well written insight into a world of no hope, facing a desperate struggle to prove your innocence against the odds.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs T Loveday
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Boring last few chapters
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Enjoyed the writing
Great book. Enjoyed the writing.
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not read the whole book yet but good so far, came well packaged and in good time
Published 3 months ago by Steph Freestone
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