Guest Picks: Damien Echols

Monday, September 24, 2012

Damien Echols and his wife Lori in the WNYC studios (Melissa Eagan)

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.

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

          The movie “Lawless.”  I’m normally a horror movie fan, and watch little else.  I’m not up on a lot of current affairs, so I had never even heard of the movie, and just went to see it on a whim.  Turned out to be incredible.


What are you listening to right now?

          A lot of Danzig.  I love his music.  It inspires me, pushes me, drives me.  It’s also very dark and sensual.  Seduction put to a driving beat.


What’s the last great book you read?

          “Monsters” by John Michael Greer and anything by Michelle Belanger.  Their books helped me tremendously when I was on death row, so I like to go back and reread them from time to time to keep it fresh in my memory.


What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

          Pro wrestling.  It’s a family tradition in our house.  Also huge fan of the singer Rob Thomas, and Martha Stewart Magazine.


What’s your favorite comfort food?

          Tacos.  I eat tacos at least once every two days.


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Comments [5]

Sherri L Jackson from michigan

Thanks for clearing that up Emma from Iceland. Boy, if you are going to write an article, maybe get your facts straight. 3 boys not 3 girls. Way to go on your research. It kinda makes the rest of the interview useless when you cant even get the intro correct. Ive been following this story since the first documentary on hbo. I could write a better interview.

Nov. 06 2013 01:39 PM
Joanna from Vermont

3 boys not 3 girls. He is an inspiration.

Nov. 05 2013 06:52 PM
Lori from Pennsylvania

Thank you for the article! Wish you would have asked him about his workshops and what he has coming up in that regard. I met him in Philly and enjoyed speaking with him and Lorrie since I went through a similar situation. Let's face it, its not something you can just talk to about with a stranger on the bus! His positive energy and lack of biterness are inspiring. Wish you well Damien!

Nov. 05 2013 03:36 AM
Emma from Iceland

It was actually 3 boys and not 3 girls, that he was wrongfully convicted of killing.

Nov. 05 2013 02:42 AM
Chris Hutchings from Arkansas

For updates on the WM3 case find us on Facebook at "WM3 Seeking Justice"

Sep. 25 2012 02:47 AM

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