West Memphis Three

The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Bruce Sinofsky

Thursday, February 26, 2015

When Bruce Sinofsky died recently from complications of diabetes at the age of 58, Damien Echols, one of the “West Memphis 3,” tweeted: “I will never forget his part in saving my life.”


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A Love Story on Death Row

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit at the age of 18, Damien Echols' story inspired Lorri Davis to write him a letter. Over the course of their 16-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry while he was still in prison.

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Damien Echols on Life After Death

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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.

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Life After Death: Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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.”

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