Life After Death

Life After Death

eBook - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
The New York Times bestselling memoir by Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, who was falsely convicted of three murders and spent nearly eighteen years on Death Row.

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.

Baker & Taylor
A "West Memphis Three" member's account of his 18-year death-row incarceration, made famous by the HBO documentary series Paradise Lost, discusses the justice system flaws that led to his conviction, the abuses he suffered in prison and the trio's vindication in 2011.

Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781101598580
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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FW_librarian Jun 19, 2015

This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I had recently heard Echols being interviewed on a local radio station; he was speaking that night at Seattle Town Hall. After the interview, I wanted to hear him in person but, I had made other plans. After reading this book, I could kick myself for not canceling my plans and attending the lecture.

Dec 29, 2014

Easy to get into and hard to put down. This poor guy had the most horrible life.

Nov 27, 2014

A great read.

Nov 04, 2014

I am obsessed with this case and am greedily searching for all materials on the case. I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I hoped it would give more insight to the case, but the case was only a small portion at the end of the book.

The writing is not stellar, and there were points throughout the book in which I felt like the writing did not sound like his own. I wonder if perhaps his wife Lorri wrote some parts...?

My heart is saddened for Mr. Echols, and I am horrified by the suffering he faced during the time he spent in jail. I wish I could wave a magic (not magick) wand and make it all better for him. Being sent to prison at 18 surely hardened his heart and may have kept him from maturing. I was disappointed that he chose to describe so many people as sexless lumps with bad skin. Attacking people based on appearance is low brow. He could have done more to describe his disappointment in certain people without resorting to insulting people's appearance. I would respect his critiques more if he had not chosen to be so low brow.

Sep 22, 2014

The story of one of the 'Memphis Three' who were still teens when sentenced to death/life-imprisonment in Arkansas in 1994 for a crime they didn't commit. An incredible depiction of his 18 years spent in prison, much of it in solitary confinement, this is a book I will buy so that I can re-read and loan to others. Excellent and highly recommended.


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Dec 12, 2012

"Time soils quickly in here, and it smells like rotten meat."


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