Guesthost Elliott Forrest spoke with Damien Echols. One of the Memphis Three, Echols was convicted of murdering 3 girls in 1993 and served almost 20 years of his sentence for a crime he didn't commit. He told us what he's been reading, watching and eating since his release.
In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—known as the West Memphis Three—were convicted of the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas after a trial marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison, and Echols was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, thousands of supporters called for a new trial, and in a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011. Echols shares his story in his book Life After Death.
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger was on the show in October 2011 discussing his three documentaries on the West Memphis Three. Listen to that interview.
At the age of 18, Damien Echols was wrongfully convicted of murder, along with two other teenagers, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. He was finally released, along with Baldwin and Misskelley, on a plea bargain last August. He shares his story in his new memoir, “Life After Death.”