Blue Rider Press
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Featuring: Damien Echols
Hardcover / e-Book
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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
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