Life After Death - Damien Echols

Life After Death

By Damien Echols

  • Release Date - Published: 2012-09-18
  • Book Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Author: Damien Echols
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 407 Ratings)

Life After Death Damien Echols read online review & book description:

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.

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    By My_Riam
    This is just the most interesting book I've ever read. Just to know that Damien overcomes such injustice and abuse that he went to hell and back and be able to tell the story is just so very inspiring. I love everything about it. I couldn't get enough of it I listened to the audio every chance I got. I highly recommend it!

    By KaylaGirl2431
    This story really inspired and awestruck me from the very beginning. I had watched all four documentaries made about the case and the Hollywood movie, Devils Knot, and none of them got to me like Damien's story. I hope that Damien eventually gets exonerated so that he can continue on his path of life and do what will make his life complete. I hope to be able to attend an interview of some sort one day so that I can ask him many of my unanswered question. I wish Damien the best.
  • Life After Death

    By ShelRDH
    Amazing! Brilliant writer, amazing man. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mind
  • Devoured this book

    By Shuntook
    I used to live in Memphis in the mid to late 90's up to 2002 so I remember hearing the name "West Memphis 3" etc but until I happened upon this book at a book store I had no idea what a travesty of justice these three boys endured. I read this book in 2 days. How he maintained his humanity in the face of the brutality and inhumanity of the penal system is literally beyond me. I would have died. Mind boggling story. I used to teach American history and I cannot believe this happened in this country.
  • Life After Death

    By Judy Woods
    This "news" story haunted me from the beginning. My own children were born in the 70's, we lived in Memphis, & common sense negated every "story". I remember asking my son, very seriously, "do you wear all black because of a satanic cult?" "NO, MOM!! I'm Catholic!" I was relieved, but the story of these boys, bothered me, because of a kid being different!!! Read this book!! You will, cry, laugh, ( in my case, relate), & feel joy for their release, but incredible sadness, for the horrific "Spun Stories" which kept these young men from life. Mr. Damien Echols, Thank you. I am so sorry for the injustice inflicted upon you, & all prisoners. Our Higher Power has Graced you. Judy Woods Memphis, TN
  • Moving. Unsettling.

    By AlliePod
    Don't take this the wrong way, but reading this book was like waking from a bad dream. You know, the certain dreams you have that affect your consciousness as you go about your day... I was so mesmerized by Damien's words that I felt like he was my friend and I needed to help--to take action! But at the time the book was published he had been released. His words were from the past. He had already suffered 18 years locked in a cage for something someone else did, and his mind lingered on the possibility of being "put down" like a dog because someone decided he was "bad". As horrible as the story may be, it is totally worth the read. It will change you. It will make you strive to be better. In a subconscious way, it will alter your perception of existence--but make you hate the "justice" system.
  • Tragic

    By Love to laugh!
    Such a sad, sad tale of law enforcement gone wrong causing tremendous pain to three innocent victims. Not only were three boys murdered but three others were tortured slowly. I wish them all the very best.
  • Awesome Read

    By Katstersmatster
    A book written truly from the heart, from a very down to earth guy. Everyone should read this.
  • Great Job

    By 16734$$
    Thanks for staying strong, surviving, and sharing your story. Lorri rocks!
  • Interesting and important

    By Dmpotter
    If you have followed the case and struggles of these men then you will want to read this insightful and honest book. It gives such a "bigger view" of the kids behind the conviction. What their lives, challenges, and struggles were before this injustice. Damien shares raw, honest, real life accounts of what life was like before and after the convictions. And it is a clear picture of the imperfections of our system.

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