The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.
©2012 Damien Echols (P)2012 Penguin Audio
Yes, It was well written, the entire story kept my interest and was well read.
None. I have never read a book like it. I also enjoyed the documentary's that was made about the three boys lives.
Excellent. A very intelligent person.
The same as the book.
It's heart wrenching to know this is happening not only to these 3 boys, but to other people too. I was extremely upset over the fact they made these men plead guilty in order to get out of prison and the true murderer is free. The trial was a farce and these men should be well compensated. Thanks to all the people responsible for helping them,
Damien Echols tells his story - a tale of being a poor boy in Arkansas who was sentenced to die for a crime he did not commit. The good parts were the story of his life before being imprisoned. This was interwoven with snippets of life on death row. After he is convicted, there is a lot more on life in prison. Echols focuses much on his state of mind. He is self-educated and a deep thinker, and I enjoyed this. Both his upbringing and imprisonment were depressing, but interesting. Now, my complaints. The second half of the book had so much about prison life, and the injustice and immorality of the treatment from sadistic guards. He seemed to repeat this theme and similar stories for a long time. My other complaint - he skipped almost every detail of his arrest and trial and conviction. We are told that he had an alibi for the time of the murder, but we don't hear much about why that was never brought up in the original trial. What was his lawyer like (except incompetent and eager to not anger the judge). Why was Echols picked as the scapegoat? Was he found in the wrong place at the wrong time? This book addresses almost none of this. And then suddenly there was an HBO movie about his plight. How did that come about? What changed to convince many he was innocent?
So, I heard too much about some stuff and not enough about other stuff. I was left a little bored and a little frustrated by the book's end. Echols makes a good case for the failure of the legal adversary system. As so often happens, the prosecution is more interested in a win than in justice, and I hope that books like this and PR from the Innocence Project will change things.
I will never forget the stories that were told in this book. They have impacted me in ways that I cannot describe. I am angry that our judicial system has and continues to destroy the lives of innocent people, but am so incredibly happy that Damien survived. I felt that I was hearing stories about myself in some parts, and I wish I could articulate those thoughts further. Damien's story will stick with me, always.
I really enjoyed this book and Damien does a wonderful job of narrating it. It's heartbreaking and inspiring.
Listening to Damien Echols incredible experience of being wrongly convicted and serving time while the real murderer walks free.
The injustice and exposure of how faulty our justice system can be.
Refuse to give in
This book is one of the many reasons I am a criminal investigator. I do my job to ensure the right people are punished for the crimes they commit and no more Damien Echols occur.
Damien Echols not only has a very amazing & inspiring story, but he truly has a way with words. I hope that he writes another book because this one really stopped at the point where he was released from prison. I would love to know more about his life after that point. I love how he was so candid about himself as a teenager and was really able to give you a glimpse into the life that he was living and the true cruelty of what was done to the WM3. I highly recommend this book.
A haunting look at fear. A daunting look at the justice system. A mesmerizing look at self journey.
A very honest look back at Damian Echols life and how being poor and facing the criminal justice system can get you killed.
Out of all the audio books available this is most likely singlehandedly one of the very best you will find. Read by the author, the accounts give a vivid tale of the true life story this man experienced. It is amazing to think he was not a professional author beforehand, but just a regular man who went through a very irregular time in his life. I listened to the full 10 hour book in one sitting, and after listening to it I am taken back by the accounts. Though I'd like a part Two , to hear more about his adjustment to life after prison, I give this audiobook an A++++. Thank you Damien Echols...you are a beautiful, amazing man.
Damien is only 3 days younger than me, I'm also from the South and was a metal head as a kid. I've always felt a bond to his struggles and railroading. I've followed the case the day the news broke of the murders. Since then I've followed every bit of media and progress. Until I read this book I only knew Damien as a victim; now I see him for who he really is... A strong willed man that is constantly in search of learning and growing. His innocence attracted so many supporters and their dedication (along with his iron willed fortitude) finally brought the freedom he, Jason and Jessie so much deserved.
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