Tuesday, November 06, 2012

News at Eleven: [Damien] Echols entered prison at 19,

after he and his codefendants, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., were convicted of murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Ark. The friends had said from the start that they were innocent, and their convictions became widely viewed as a miscarriage of justice.

As years in confinement passed, Echols started to forget the pleasures of his former life. He couldn't remember what pizza, his favorite food, tasted like. He took to journal-writing as a memory aid. Those entries, along with his poems and other writings, became Life After Death, a memoir published in September to high acclaim.

from The Philadelphia Inquirer: Off death row, where he wrote to remember


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