• Mike

    You Rock Damien!!!! They’re coming for you Hobbs!

  • http://twitter.com/positivecritic Lacy Jack

    Love the book! Started reading last night, could not put it down and stayed up until 3am reading. What you writed does stand on its own merit Damien, well done. I would love to offer you and Lori complimentary spa services while you are in Tulsa in October. skincareinstitute.net ask for Lacy

  • http://twitter.com/positivecritic Lacy Jack

    WRITE!!! not writed.

  • K. Starr

    You deserve more than $60m. You have a friend here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaye.beebe Kaye Waters Beebe

    I finished the book today. I couldn’t stand to read it for long stretches because it is just so frustrating to try and get your head around how this could happen!! I wanted to punch a wall or something. Damien, you have so much self control and strength. I’m hoping you keep writing and I wish you and Lorri a long life of happiness and peace. And magick!

  • Jason

    I have been following your story Damien, since the beginning, and I wish you only the best. Your writings have been inspiring me for quite some time and while I haven’t had the chance to pick up your book, yet, I will undoubtedly be galvenized again.

    I’m reminded of some of your earlier journal entries and so, as I depart, I impart back to you your own encouraging words: “the thing I like most about time is that it’s not real; it’s all in the head. Sure, it’s a useful trick if you want to meet someone at a specific place in the universe to have tea or coffee, but that’s all it is, it’s a trick. There’s no such thing as the past, it exists only in the memory. There’s no such thing as the future, it exists only in our imagination. If our watches were truly accurate, the only thing they would ever say is NOW!”

    Keep living in the NOW Damien and I hope every moment you live is full of life and satisfaction!

  • Julie Jacobs-Zevon

    Please come to the San Francisco Bay Area on your book tour. Many here would love to say hello. I read and loved Almost Home. Will start reading Life After Death tomorrow. Glad that you are getting such warm receptions everywhere.

    All the best to you Damien…xoxo

  • EvoBaBee

    Your Book is amazing, one of the best stuff I’ve read over the years. Normally I don’t read much and get tired from the rist few pages, but with your book I just cannot get my eyes of it Hahahaha… Damien you rock!

  • http://twitter.com/mistivelvet Ms. Rainwater-Lites

    Hi Damien, I wrote you when you were in prison and you sent me a gracious reply. I put a poetry anthology together with my friend Mic Johnson for your defense fund. We sold a few copies. Mic was able to put something like $100 in the fund. Wish we could have done more. Very glad you are all out now but sorry for all that you had to endure. I’ve been meaning to buy your first book for years. Planning on buying both of your books next month. I wish you much joy and peace.

    • N. Vee

      I wrote him a letter or two and never got a reply, but that’s okay.

  • Maria

    Damien i wrote you before your release. I just finished the book and I felt compelled to thank you for the glimpse into what it takes to hold oneself together while enduring traumatic injustice after traumatic injustice. You are inspiring, not because of the Hell you have been through but for the manner in which you did it. Love and light to you and Lori from a little mom in Canada. <3

  • dave

    Will you be doing a book signing in Salem MA? Would you be interested in doing a book signing in New Bedford, MA?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynleyc3 Lynne Farley Curran

    Got my copy yesterday. Can’t put it down.

  • julie brush

    Damien,thank you so much for this book. The way you talk about nostalgia from your childhood….I always tell people “I can smell my past” The moment I finished your book,I immediately went to mass..Saint Jude is also one of my favorite’s and has helped me through alot in my life. Damien,I grew up in the “estates” of the trailer park world,and the way you describe it in your book,I could smell it. Thank you. I used to work as a nurse in a prison,and I found the system beyond belief,I couldn’t grasp it. Some of us are survivors,some of us are surviving. Your wife,in her pictures,she has a light around her like Ive never seen,she is lovely. Again,Thank you Thank you,Thank you,Thank you for this book. Lorie,Thank you. Julie Brush

  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.ziebell Emily Ziebell

    I really hope you come to the San Francisco area! You’re an inspiration to many!

  • julie brush

    Damien,I had to read your book again yesterday. Magick,ah magick…if only more people embraced magick. I am not a twitter person,facebook,etc…This is where I will come for my thoughts and the like. Do you feel people have to go through hell,in order to understand magick,or are we born with it? I believe we are born with it,and if you don’t have a tough lining,it will be stomped on like grapes of wrath. However,it can also take hell,to grasp magick,but how long can those hold onto magick?. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in ’09. I was a distance runner,I majored in modern dance before becoming a nurse,movement was everything to me. But,I had magick,thanks to St. Jude,and myself…I’ve written articles about MS and the attitude it takes to survive it daily….I can still dance,I can still move….I am going to pass what I learned from your book,to others with MS….It certainly touched me. Forgive me if this blog or whatever you call it is a bit self-serving….I do not mean it to be…I will try to pass magick onward for the day today. And,I am going to try with all my magick to get you to jacksonville beach,florida for a book signing. If I am writing q and a in the wrong place,someone let me know,as I said,not a fan of twitter,fbook,etc….Let’s all make out mission for the day to try and spread some magick! See who is receptive and who isn’t. Julie Brush

  • Monique

    Rest Damien. You must be tired. I pre-ordered your book and read it in one day. Your writing and your ability to articulate what everyone is absolutely missing is this world has made me wake up to such pleasures as smiling to someone. Thank you for awakening my spirit. You are a remarkable person. As for Lorri, she is indeed an angel. May your universe continue to bring you the fruits of your sacrifice. Sincerely, Monique from Westerly, Rhode Island.

  • Ann

    Damien – I have followed your case for many years and when I saw you on Anderson Live and heard you were releasing Life After Death I immediately went out and bought it and started reading it. You are an incredible writer with a talent that is amazing. Through your book I laughed, I cried, I raged with you, and felt your hopelessness. There was one sentence that stood out for me and I hope you’ll allow me to use it on my Facebook page “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” I have found that to be so true in our society today. We allow horrible things to happen and yet those of us that consider ourselves good do nothing to right the injustice that occurs.

    To Lorri – your love and belief in Damien was truly a breath of fresh air in the world that Damien was forced to live in. I absolutely admire you and your commitment and belief in this man and wish that they were more people in this world that are like you or can learn from your strength,

    To you both – may the love that you found behind the concrete and steel walls of a prison continue to flourish and thrive. May you both have the peace that you so richly deserve and may your lives be long and happy and filled with love, friends, and most of all the winter months that Damien so loves.

    • Mary Sue Moore Turn

      Guilty and to never be exonerated.

  • jimmy

    Just finished your book. Amazing read. Heartbreaking and exciting. Your writing is truly incredible. I wish you many happy years ahead of you Damien. You deserve them.

  • Cat

    My only regret is that I didn’t know your story until after the fact. I wish I could have helped in any way during the 18 year process. The book was great. Enjoy your life……

  • Tamaey Gottuso

    Spent a day and a half reading your book Damien. Your an incredible man who has touched the world with your story, your faith and your courage to hold on. Your writing style is beautiful, poetic and I simply couldn’t put your book down. Thank YOU so much for sharing your story, I can only imagine the faith you are instilling in so many who feel hopeless. Peace to you and your beautiful Lorri.

  • Nancy

    “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins … not through strength, but by persistence.” Damien, thank you for sharing your story with me. May you and Lorri have the life and love you deserve. Be well, be strong and continue to be you.

  • Denise

    I’m not a very voracious reader, but I find I can’t put your book down! You really are a gifted writer. Looking forward to future books by you!

    • Gabriel Ostweiller

      Wouldn’t it be awesome if he wrote a book about murdering the children and telling all the details. He could tell his story about being psychotic, scaring his parents to the point they warn that they are no longer safe with him in their house, and then he could talk about stomping that dog to death and then brag about killing the kids and how he got the last laugh. That would be so amazing.

  • Violet Everdeen

    Please come to the U.K :)

  • Shelley Arellano

    Damien- I’ve followed your case for many years and when I saw You and Lorri on Anderson Live I went right out and bought the book. I’m amazed that through all the adversity you had from a rough life growing, being accused of a crime you didn’t commit, and spending a good part of your life in one of the most horrendous places a person could be, you have emerged with a positive attitude instead of anger and bitterness which you would have every right to feel. I commend you for having the courage to share your story with the world with such candor. You’re a very eloquent writer and best of luck with the upcoming movie in December. My mom and I will definitely be checking that out.

  • Spaceben

    I just finished reading Life After Death a few minutes ago. There are no words to describe the power in those pages. Reminds me of so much that I’ve read, while always being like nothing else. You’re an amazing human. Thanks for telling your story.

  • FullMoonVideo

    Just finished the book…excellent read!

    Damien does express distain for a psychologist and the
    exhibit 500 report. Is this the report that speaks of all the blood drinking
    and unusual acts of Damien’s youth when Davis had him wrongly institutionalized
    due to the witch hunt he was conducting?
    Or are such things written in original 1990’s reports? I ask, because if
    all this is baloney I may have information on the real personality this pony
    report was modeled after. It is a 1992 crime involving 4 teenage girls that the
    press thought involved Witchcraft and sacrifice, but turned out to be about
    jealously.

    One of the main players was a girl named Laurie Tackett and
    after reading a brief of one of Damien’s psychological reports on the internet,
    it appeared that Laurie Tackett’s psychological history was copied and enhanced
    for Damien’s report. I’m just not sure witch report about Damien I was reading,
    the 1990’s or the 2004 exhibit 500. Or were they combined?

    This may prove helpful…or not. But Damien should look
    into the Laurie Tackett persona and the case of Shanda Sharer, one year prior
    to his case. Driver may have been trying to model his case to the Sharer case
    since it was national news just one year prior and thought to be satanic in
    nature. There are many similarities.

  • Bookworm11

    I’m currently reading Life after Death. As a library director I don’t say this too often, but I’m impressed with and enjoy your writing style. Hope you can write more books.

  • julie brush

    Please visit….justice4eric.com

  • Christie

    Loved your book. Your strength and wisdom is inspiring.

  • Dee Dee

    Life After Death was riveting. I couldn’t put it down. I briefly worked in TDOC…visited Brushy Mountain and Disney Land. I ‘ve witnessed firsthand what you’ve written about. Hope to visit with you & your wife in Nashville.

  • pugita

    dexter youre truly ignorant. Go do some research on the facts of the case.Then you might want to pay a visit to terry hobbs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeannebug1 Jeanne Brady Schreib

      I Think “Dexter” is being sarcastic…Dexter “Morgan”

  • Kim

    Got to chime in as at least a third vote for coming to the SF Bay Area–although it looks like you’re skipping over the Bay Area and going straight from L.A. to Seattle. I’m reading Life After Death now and, like others, can’t put it down. thanks for writing it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1694770406 Debra Cooley Reddish

    I bought the book yesterday and am almost finished reading it. Very inspiring and a definite eye-opener on prison life. I also have read, Almost Home and was equally captivated. I have followed this story over the years and was surprised to see someone that I know personally in one of the documentaries. The “cult expert”, Dale Griffis, was a policeman at the same time as my father, on the same department. I have questioned his expertise on any subject he espouses! Good wishes to you and Lorri. Any chance of a book signing in northwest Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1694770406 Debra Cooley Reddish

      Keep drinking the moon water !!

  • Todd Brehm

    I finished reading the book, put on my favorite Eddie Vedder album, and stared out the window at a rainy Vermont morning. A beautiful male blue jay flitted across the porch and landed on the railing before flying off into the sky. I’d like to think it was the Universe telling me that Damien is free and flying. Thank you so much for the immeasurable power of everything you have taught the world.

  • Myssi Powers

    I am in the process of reading “Life After Death” and I find myself not wanting to finish the book because as I read the words- it’s as if Damien is right there in front of me telling the story. It is probably one of the most bittersweet stories I’ve ever read and it’s so surreal how I can bring up memories I have surpressed through the years just by something as simple as a song he mentions or describing the snow and ice crackling underneath your feet. I can empathize with his childhood, because it reminded me a lot of my own growing up poor in WV. The sad thing is I find myself hurting as much for him for his childhood and youth than I do as he was put away on Death Row. His spirit is golden. He kept his chin up and stayed positive when anyone else would have broken. I love this man. (Not an “in-love” thing or girlish crush), I just love him for opening my eyes and sharing such an incredible journey with everyone. God Bless Damien, Jason and Jessie. I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

  • Kim

    Thank you for coming to Kansas City Missouri. My 21 yr old daughter has followed your case for several years. Her heart has hurt for you, Jessie and Jason and the injustice done to you three. She has cried for you many nights afraid that you would leave this world before being set free for this crime you did not commit. She never dreamed she would see you face to face and you would personally sign a book for her that you wrote, she was overcome with emotion. I’m sorry this tour is painful for you, and please know there are people in this world like my sweet daughter, her friend, her friends boyfriend who brought you the Metallica album, and my 13 yr old daughter, and me a 49 yr old mom, who care about you, even though we don’t know you personally, our hearts hurt for you, if we could take a piece of your pain and carry it for you, we would. WE support your effort to heal, we wish you healing, we wish you love, and we wish you a life of beautiful creativity. Thank you, Damien Echols, for taking the time to meet your supporters face to face.

    • Gabriel Ostweiller

      Please read all the facts of this case and don’t ignore Wayne’s (aka Damien) mental illness. He’s not a hero, he’s a convicted child murderer who accepted a plea despite having a new trial scheduled…why would he do that? Because he knew he would be convicted again and would soon be getting a lethal injection.

  • kitty

    I just watched you and your wife on the Jeff Probst show. I am so glad that you have been released from that hell that you have been in for 18 years! I watched the HBO Documentary and I also felt that you should have NEVER served a single minute in prison. Bless you and I wish you much happiness

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.gilson.7 Lynn Gilson

    WOW!!! After watching you Damien and your wife on the Jeff Probst show today I was taken away by your story. Will you be doing a book signing in Tucson Arizona?
    May you and your wife be blessed beyond imagination and a long peaceful life of happiness to you both.
    Lynn in Arizona
    PS…. just bought your book…………. very touching story and you Damien are an incredible writer…… comes from the heart….

  • irish416

    i believe your innocent of the murders but in your book i found that you were not telling the whole truth about your childhood with the mental institutions, and blood sucking incidents that you never brang up. you were a messed up teen still does not make u a murderer. In my opinion and of course this is just MY opinion your book was….OK, granted im no avid book reader by ANY means at all!! i have read 3 books i wasnt forced to. Brutal By Kevin weeks about southie mob. Bad seed about toronto gang and this book. Brutal i couldnt put down and have read again. the other 2 including this one. Meh. but again just my opinion. im no one special

  • Guest

    What an amazing piece of magick that has been spread through out these pages. I love this book and everything it stands for. So inspiring.

  • http://twitter.com/BrandiesBrain Itsbrandie

    Just plain ignorance. I hate when people run there mouths about things they don’t know or understand.

    • Life After Death

      agreed Superstar :)

  • Gail Kingston

    I remember when I was a senior in HS in 1993 and this started to appear in the news but being a young teenager, I wasn’t interested in watching the news, no matter what it was about. However, now at 37 years old I saw you Damien and your book in the People magazine. Seeing you in the People magazine brought back memories of seeing you on the news so I had to read your book.

    You lived a harsh life and in my mind it’s wild that you made it through childhood let alone 18 years of death row (or roll as some say it!!)

    I am so happy I read your story and now I’m craving to know more so I will be researching for and finding your memoir.

    I call myself a book reading virgin. I have never in my life chosen a book to just sit and read and really never had any want to. But from the first page all the way to the last, I couldn’t wait to be able to sit and read “Life After Death”. I’m so glad I saved my book virginity for your story!!!

    I wish you the best of luck in our world, in NYC, in life, and mostly with your angel, Lorri.

    Take care, Gail

  • beck

    I have just finished the book, superb. Eager to see you and share love @ All Soul’s on Monday in “t-town”. safe travels & thank you, thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindy.willisgoodwin Cindy Willis Goodwin

    Damien, as a former Memphian, and resident there during this horrible ordeal, I commend your spirit, love of life and pray that you continue the path of love and success you are on. As they say “Doing well is the best revenge”. I wish you well………:)

    • Mad Max

      Actually the phrase is, “Living well is the best revenge”

  • Kelly Williams

    Your story has reached many across the globe and it has magnified the gross injustice, corruption and ineptness of the state of Arkansas.
    Reading the series of events was a roller coaster ride of emotions that left me having to stop and take a deep breath. You are one of the strongest, intelligent and pivotal people I can honestly say has influenced my opinions on the death penalty and my validated scepticism in the broken justice system.

  • debbie kaler

    I could not put your book down. You went through a holocaust lasting over 20 years, horrific…. You are amazing… you are a survivor….. Sending you a December filled with Hershey kisses…..

  • Angela McNamara

    Damien…your book was AWESOME! You have incredible wisdom and a great sense of humor given the hell you were put through. Love your sarcasm. :-) You are an amazing human being…xoxo

  • R Taylor

    Damien, I’ve been following your case for years and just finished your book. I felt horror and disgust when you talked about life in prison and the way you were treated, and joy and happiness when you spoke about the things that you enjoy. I’ll have to look up and listen to Midnight Syndicate now. You truly are an inspirational human being. Sending you and Lorri love from Australia.

  • Noelle Melese

    Dear Damien and Lorri, I left a couple of messages for you on facebook before finishing your book. I now feel a sense of shame by intruding in your lives and opining without permission. I loved every moment of your book Damien and am so sorry about the circumstances that gave birth to it. You and I am sure, Lorri have deep and beautiful souls and I hope you continue to share them with us. Perhaps you will continue to write and tell us about your reintroduction into the world. I have not had your experiences, but have had enough similar experiences that I can empathize with you. After all we are all fellow travelers on this planet. I am sure that you are inundated by people who want a piece of you, time and attention from you, and you probably need to just hunker down and absorb the novel experiences flooding mind, body and soul. I wish you both all the best, and should you ever want to know why I can relate to you, please contact me at nmelese@san.rr.com. As Catholics say, peace be with you, as well as love and joy,
    Noelle

  • Mad Max

    If you really want to set the record straight, tell the whole story about Ricky Ray Rector. Don’t leave out the part where he killed three people, one of them a cop. And after all that did he shoot himself in the head. Or that Bill Clinton left his ’92 campaign to preside over the execution.

  • http://twitter.com/EBeckRocknRoll cclizloves

    Absolutely stunning reviews – I look forward to reading and sharing this book.

  • Jessica

    Any chance for a book signing in Florida?? You have supporters here too!

  • http://twitter.com/giddyup_geegee Gee-Gee Davies

    Loved your book! Thanks for sharing your amazing and heartbreaking story, it is a marvellous instrument and we could all learn a thing or two from your ability to rise above the injustice you endured. Everyone must read this book.
    Come to Australia! Specifically Melbourne, we love a good book tour down this way!

  • Sarah

    I hope that you will consider coming to St. Louis. I am almost finished with “Life After Death,” one of the best books I have read in a long time, and would absolutely love to hear you speak.

  • c. hunters

    agree…please come to san francisco/bay area. love the book!!!

  • Amy

    Unfortunately couldn’t make it, but I hope you enjoyed your stop in Chicago.

  • Katie Concus

    Hi damien, I was 18 when I first learned about this case and the travesty that had taken place against you. I had taken a criminal justice class as a vocational program because my intention was to go into legal studies. We were shown the WM3 documentary and it was all I could do to contain the tears that escaped. From that moment on I encouraged myself to go onto law school and do what I could so what happened to you wouldn’t happen to other innocent people. I lost my way a little bit after high school. Then I came across your book and was reeled into a world that I could hardly comprehend. I couldnt understand how a justice system that says they stand up for the people could subject someone to such cruelty and deny them the rights they are born with. Your book put alot of things into perspective and I appreciate the time and pain it took to share your life with the world. Things only seem dark if you dont have someone there to show you the way, and Lorri is the perfect example. I do look forward to reading more from you.

  • Laura – Toronto,ON

    Damien, the past few months of my life have been the hardest for me yet. Picking up your book was probably the best thing I could have done for myself. You gave me strength and courage to get through what I thought was my darkest time. You are an inspiration.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.kastnermortenson Kathleen Kastner Mortenson

    I just got done reading Life After Death and couldn’t put it down! You are such a gifted writer. I wanted you to know how much I appreciated your heartfelt story and writing style. There are very few people on the planet who could survive what you went through before and during prison. Your incredible mental discipline and desire to live, will serve as a source of inspiration to me for many years. I especially liked what you said about spirituality being an action. Thank you for inspiring me to believe in magick and wonder again! I’m so grateful you are free. Many blessings to you and Lorri. Namaste’

  • Leslie

    I am all consumed with this book! I can’t put it down, haven’t done my house work, watched tv or answered the phone. When I’m not reading this story is haunting me when I sleep. I can’t wait for the follow up for what life brings within the next 20-30 years. Daimen, you inspire me.

  • Curt

    Damien, I’m just about finished reading Life After Death and can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am with your perseverance. I’ve
    done a little time, nothing like you, but have to say there are many parts of the book I can relate to and that actually made me laugh. The injustice that takes place within the criminal justice system is sickening and I’m truly sorry you were robbed of such a good portion of your life. You deserve all the happiness in the world. Please
    continue to share your experience and knowledge with others and always remember that each day is a blessing. If you ever have a stop in Southern California I’ll be there.

  • Vicki Goucher

    I have just finished your book “Life after Death”. I have followed your case over the past 10 years & have prayed for the day when you would be free.
    Damien, your are a remarkable person who has endured far too much in your life. May you have the all that you deserve now.
    God bless
    Vicki Goucher – Australia

  • J.I. Bo

    Hello Damien, I just finished reading your book “Life After Death” and I am overwhelmed with a feeling of sadness at your 18 years of wrongful incarceration. I am also amazed by your courage and resolve to survive within a system so brutal on a physical, emotional and psychological level. I am inspired by your faith in magick and your commitment to meditation practice. Enjoy reconnecting with old friends and family and making new connections. I hope you and your wife Lorri live a life filled with happiness, love and freedom. Thanks for telling your story so honestly. All the best, J.I. Bo

  • Lisa Roberts, from Philly

    Damien, I’m almost finished reading “Life After Death,” and I hardly know what to say or where to begin. Your memoir is beyond moving, your writing is stellar, your wit is rapier, your insights are biting, your story defies imagination, your life experience would have flattened lesser people, your fortitude is boundless, your intelligence makes me feel stupid — I could go on and on. I am so sad for the years of brutal injustice you endured, and I wish you nothing but blue skies, contentment, good health, and serenity with your beautiful wife now that you are free. I must tell you that I can hardly put your book down. It keeps me up late at night, and then thoughts of your story enter my dreams. My husband can hardly wait to snatch the book from me — but not until I’m finished. I wish I were half as smart as you are, one-fourth as gifted, and one-one-hundredth as strong in the fact of adversity. I tip my hat to you — and I thank you for the brutal honesty that runs throughout this amazing book, and for the inspiration you will have given millions who read it. I sincerely hope you are finding happiness in your life of freedom and are able to suppress some of the memories of what these animals did to you in the Arkansas legal system and in the town of West Memphis. Best always to you and Lorri.

  • ShebaJ

    I haven’t put this book down all day. Amazing journey.

    Namaste to you and your wife…Namaste…

  • brandi crider

    I am in awe at What an amazing, sensitive, and intelligent man you have become damien! Especially,unjustly dealing with horrendous circumstances in death row! What a great way to turn travesty around and better yourself spiritually and wholeheartedly! I hope you and Lorri get the peaceful life you so deserve!

  • bill

    I am amazed at all of these posts and not one response from
    Damien. A narcissistic, child murdering F&ck like him and you would think he would have something to say especially since there are so many fans. I can’t believe you are making money off of all of this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeannebug1 Jeanne Brady Schreib

      He should make a LOT of money after all the Hell he endured for 18 years…and continues to (with people like yourself making statements like that….) Let it go. Leave the guy alone to live his hard earned freedom in peace.

    • Reza

      Your stupidity and ignorance is outstanding.

    • Friend

      Bill, you are only embarrassing yourself and making yourself look like an ass. It scares me that nine people have upvoted your comments.

    • Life After Death

      You are a moron…

    • Justus Smith

      You and the people that upvoted you are all complete morons. Who made you judge, jury, and executioner? Maybe you should go work for the West Memphis PD, they have a bunch of like minded people over there. And by that I mean ignorant, redneck, fuckwits.

  • bill

    Nice to see you deleted my post. I guess if it doesn’t jive it must be taken down.

  • Ginny

    I hope your life will move beyond all of the horrors you’ve had to endure. Peace be yours.

  • http://twitter.com/Bonit_A_nita ★★★Anita★★★

    I’ve just put the book down. Damien, you are not the case and the case is not you. In my eyes, you’re an inspiring person with an incredible amount of talent who is ready to make some positive change in this world. Your story has inspired and encouraged me to see and feel things that I have always taken for granted. I’ll never look at snow the same way again. I’ll never see a sunset again without knowing how lucky I am that I can. Thank you. You’re absolutely incredible.

  • Tasha T.

    Damien, Thank you for sharing your story so the rest of the world can learn and grow from it. I wish you and Lorri only the best in life. Blessings to you both and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Lorri, I don’t know if you read these comments or not, but I made a donation one time to the Defense Fund, it wasn’t very much and I said that I was sorry I could not give more. You wrote me a note to thank me anyways, saying every cent counts. I want you to know how much that meant to me. Thank you and the world needs more people like yourself in it.

  • Shuggie Recio-Sierras

    Will you be doing an L.A. tour. Would love to just shake your hand. My husband and I saw the first documentary, when it first came out in the late 90′s. We have followed the story. We always felt from the first time we saw that film, you boys were wronged. Amazing men you have all grown to become. I am so glad you men all got your day in court, finally. You know, the world knows, you all walk the earth as innocent men. Keep being Damien, brother.

    A believer, Shuggie Recio-Sierras

  • http://www.facebook.com/sylvia.zade Sylvia Zade

    You truly are an amazing person. ( from what I have heard, seen and read). I wish you all the best of health, wealth, love and happiness through out your journey.

  • Patti52

    Dear Damien, I hope you do have a chance to read these posts as you should feel a little bit of joy at the amount of supporters you have. I literally just finished reading :”Life After Death”, its sitting beside me as i write this, and my husband and I have seen “Paradise Lost”. There are no words to describe how much your story touched us. We talk about it all the time and as i was reading your book, there were several times I sought him out to read parts to him. As someone with a very tender heart, your story brought tears to my eyes many times and I would just like to offer you my deepest regrets that you were hand picked by lazy and corrupt officials in your town as a scapegoat for the crimes to make themselves look good. They stole 18 plus years of your life that you can never get back, but always remember “The Best Revenge is Living Well”. Don’t allow them to steal even one more minute from you. You and your amazing angel, Lorri, should celebrate every day that you are together and FREE! Hold your head up as you walk among those that still have doubts and cast stones, knowing you are a remarkable young man who is innocent and deserves to live the rest of his life in peace! And one more thing, as someone who’s dream it has always been to write a book, but has only started about a million and never continued, I am so impressed by your writing ability and the beautiful way you phrase things, that it inspired me to try again. I would give anything to see you in person and don’t know if you are still touring, but I live near Atlanta so maybe you’ll be here sometime!

    All the very best life has to offer you, live life to the fullest every minute! You are very brave and courageous and there is only “light” ahead for you and Lorri!

  • Jean Ross

    Could not get ahold of Almost Home but will keep trying. Life After Death was a fantastic trip through an innocent person’s mind who was subject to daily abuse. It’s a wonder you came out as sane as you did, Damien. A great book! I loved the touches of humor, and couldn’t put it down! Not moving to Arkansas. Ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stacey.huftalen Stacey Huftalen

    Great book. I have seen all of the Paradise Lost films and received your book for Christmas. I don’t know how anyone who has followed this case was able to find the three of you guilty. Its a sad fact that you are not one of a few in prison for something you didn’t do, but one of many. Congratulations on winning your freedom and never stop fighting.

  • http://twitter.com/Cbrain13 Coby

    Orange County, Ca awaits. Hope to see you soon.

  • paula williamson

    i just finished listening to Life After Death, while at work. Damien has captured the essence of seasons, holidays and little mundane everyday life…that we take for granted, in such amazing detail. Inside, I am so sad about all that was robbed from him. It feels funny to say how much I have loved listening to his story. I guess it’s because I knew the outcome was positive? I have been silently cheering his release, far away in Michigan. I hope the universe only holds goodness for him and his wife. <3

  • jeannie

    But, Damien, why do you have such a dirty mouth? It demeans you. And you are starting to look really nasty —-with the long unkempt hair,scruffy facial hair, too many tattoos. You are making it hard for all of us dignified grandma types to continue to support you. Lighten up please. And respect your mother, no matter……

    • Anna from Sweden

      Damien is beautiful.

    • Life After Death

      Do you not realize that its none of your business about his mother… and D looks fabulous!!

  • Donna Smith

    I received my copy of “Life After Death” Thursday, it’s finished. I am touched, shocked and have more feelings than I can name.

  • Erica

    My son has asked me to contact you to see if you can help him find help for a civil rights lawsuit with censorship, no medicines for 3 years, he said Johnny Depp helped you, or maybe a good journalist to listen to his case and help him appeal. Will win case, if right help.

  • Summer

    It took me two days to read Life after Death, could not put it down..makes you feel every emotion. I have always been so interested in this heartbreaking and extremely frustrating journey that all those involved had to endure. I live in Canada and must say after griping for many months about the cold and snow, when you read Damien’s book it puts every single little thing that you may bitch about as all of a sudden miracles and perfect nature that we all must treasure and to never take for granted..thankyou Damien..Good things to you and yours…Summer.

  • joe

    I am really late on picking up your book Damien but I give it an 11 out of 10!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.c.mauk Lisa Costello Mauk

    I’m with Julie. I’m almost finished with Life Beyond Death. It is a wonderful, heartfelt work. While I sincerely wish you had not had the experiences that you write about, you do so in a way that is a real eye opener for the reader.

  • Sarah

    I don’t know if you read these comments which mostly have the same general consensus, but since I have heard of you, read about you, watched hours of documentary footage about you, I have felt the need to contact you and let you know that besides my Mam and my favourite Grandad, you are my hero.

    It was about 3 months ago when my boyfriend decided to tell me about an ‘incredibly mind-blowing documentary’ he watched called ‘West of Memphis’. At first I just sat back and listened politely like I usually do to his latest mind-blowing experience, but as he continued to tell me your story I started to feel the urgent need to watch the documentary, which of course I did. However, as the boyfriend found new things to watch and learn about, I had to know more about the case and then you. When I heard you had a book written, I can’t actually explain my excitement and immediately went to my local book store who had to order it from America as it wasn’t being sold here in Ireland. That 3 week wait was awful and I had the poor book store workers tormented with my visits to see if it had arrived. I like to read, but this was the first book that I genuinely couldn’t wait to read! I don’t want to write an essay and waffle but I found your book ‘Life After Death’ brutally honest and has really affected my way of thinking. I didn’t expect you to give such details of your life to the public, especially when you yourself agree with the fact that you are obviously entitled to your privacy. I wanted to understand your mind and how it works because I believe that what you achieved during your incarceration is beyond most people’s capability. People are getting sick of me talking about you and your case, I know the boyfriend regrets ever telling me about the documentary. But I can’t help it, I am fascinated with you and your mind.
    Unfortunately, I was only 2 when you were initially arrested and was unaware and incapable to aid yours, Jason and Jessie’s cause. I know I would have if I was born about 20 years previously though, even from Ireland.
    Dress the way you want and get as many tattoos as you want, you never have to hide your true self. Sorry for the essay. Thank you for being you!

  • Kenny

    left out the part where he raped, beat and killed three little boys

    • diane

      your an asshole…stupid asshole…not a clue in the world..

      • Grammar Nazi

        You’re*, not your.

    • Friend

      You seem to forget that he was innocent of those crimes. And that the real killer is still out there. (And there is no evidence that they were raped.) There wasn’t a shred of physical evidence to tie them to the crimes. Open your mind.

    • Ellie Aronson

      I would take this seriously if there was even a shred of reliable evidence even so much as suggesting Damien was guilty. Unfortunately for you, there isn’t. Just because a people pin a case on someone out of the sheer need to close the case does not prove that person guilty.

    • Life After Death

      you dumbass there was no rape…

    • http://www.hisss.net Kelli Hammack

      Dick.

    • doesntevenmatter

      Just like you left out the part where you actually studied the case and read the reports of the best FBI profiler the US has ever had, the best medical examiner and the most famous pathologist in the world that said the boys weren’t even raped and the “cuts” and castration were actually animal predation?

      Hopefully you are never convicted of a crime you didn’t commit and you encounter someone like yourself.

  • Jen Virock

    I read and loved your book Life After Death so much. For those of us who have followed your case over the years, it was a gift to hear your story in your own words. I want to thank you for sharing this. This memoir shows that you are so much more than what happened to you. You are a brilliant writer and I am grateful that you did not give it up. There is a stark beauty to your words and a style that is truly unique. I felt as if I was right there with you in the long, cold winters and inside the prison walls. There is power in your descriptions of times and places and emotions. I would devour any words you put to paper. Life After Death is ultimately a book about the human spirit and it is a book about love. Though there are moments of great sadness and despair, it left me mainly with a feeling of hope. It lingers in your mind long after you turn the last page and you feel haunted by it. That is the sign of a true talent. You are an inspiration and a reminder to never take for granted this life that we have been given. Bad things happen to good people, that will likely never change, but ultimately it is a choice that is left up to each of us to let it destroy you or make you stronger. The proof of this lies in you Damien. I just recently started listening to the audiobook version and it is so moving to hear it from your own voice. I am so grateful for your freedom and for the energy you put forth daily. Much love to you and your beautiful Lorri.

  • Julia

    I just finished Life After Death and like others have commented, was so moved by your words. You are truly a gifted writer; your words evoked a range of emotions that I’m sure will stay with me for a time to come. Your book offered a very personal view into your mind and heart for which I thank you for sharing, though it can’t have been easy to do so. You are living proof of the endurance of the human spirit. I wish you, your wife, and family all the love, happiness, and peace of a lifetime twice over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000435295803 Kathi Murray

    I read the book in one sitting. Very powerful!! I had been following the case since viewing “Paradise Lost” on HBO in 1997. Still hard to believe it was real. Real people went through unimaginable hell, lived through a story that is beyond comprehension. I am in awe of you Damien. I have the deepest respect for you and your story. Your book brought me to tears for the atrocities suffered and smiles for all your victories and all you learned through your spiritual education. I hope to meet you some day and shake your hand and feel your energy. You are an amazing soul!!! Much light and love!!!

  • Fabio

    I just finished to read it now. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    Fabio from Italy

  • Melody (the good witch)

    Each person has their own truth in life, I read Mr. Echols book and felt the pain of the mirror he must have had to look in to write this.
    May he find the peace now that was taken from him and the wisdom
    to hold on to it with all his might. Most of us are not given the chance to walk out of the fires of hell into the cool light of a new day.
    It is truly a “Do Over”

  • Sharon

    Thank you for this book. It has changed my life.

  • Teresa Patchettt

    Hello
    My name is Teresa and I’m from Calgary, Alberta. I just finished reading Life afte Death and I just felt compelled to tell you hoe much it moved me. I enjoyed your comments about how much you love winter, it is also my favorite season (I guess if I don’t say that they will take my Canadian card away). In all seriousness I have followed your case for years, and I don’t think I will ever understand the American justice system, but I have always been amazed by your stature and grace. In everything I have seen and in everything I’ve read you always come forward as a gracious and forgiving man; when you have every reason not to be. Damien the world is a better place because you are in it. Thank you for teaching me how to be a better human being.

    • Sherie

      Every single word you wrote here is just coming from my heart. That’s just perfect ; I could never express it better than this. Just amazing. Thank you

      • Teresa

        Thats very kind of you. Thank you
        Teresa

  • Nancy

    Damien, I just finished Life After Death and I must say I was quite moved by it. I read Mara Leveritt’s book years ago and was convinced you and Jason and Jessie were guilty. I also watched the three documentaries on The West Memphis Three. It goes to show you that you can’t believe everything you read. I am truly sorry you spent all of that time in those horrible jails and prisons for something you didn’t even do. I feel bad for all three of you. I hope you make lots of money on your writings and art because you deserve to live the rest of your life in peace. I wish you and Lorri much happiness.
    Nancy Ryan

  • http://twitter.com/sprusselbrout Sally Jessy FML

    I know you’ve heard it all by now, so just know that there’s another person whose life you touched. Amazing book.

  • Stefano Faccia

    Dear Damien, i’m Italian and i’m reading the italian version of your book. In Italian is “Il buio dietro di me”. And for me is born a new hero. In the middle between Il conte di MonteCristo and the Fenice.

    Your born again walking through the Inferno. And i thought to my life and what i was doing when you was falling. And i felt sad, because i did’nt know. Thanks for your book. From the Country of the De Medici.

  • OregonMolly

    Dear Damien, I am a 64-yr-old grandmother who has been following your case for over 10 years. I always knew you were innocent. I was so happy when you were finally released. I have seen the documentaries and read everything about you, and now I have just finished your excellent book. It is beautifully written – it is definitely a work of art. I hope you write other things in your life because you have a gift. I have the greatest admiratiion for your courage and strength in facing all you have in your life, and also for Lorri for your belief in Damien and all the hard work put in to get him released. I used to believe in the death penalty. My views have changed over the years, and your case was one of the things that made me change my views. I shudder to think of innocent people who are wrongfully convicted. I wish you and Lorri a lifetime of happiness. I wish the best for Jason and Jessie too.

  • Barbara

    Just finished “Life After Death” and found it to be one of those books that are hard to put down. What an amazing story. And to think that there are so many others out there who are imprisoned for acts that they did not commit. Glad that there is DNA testing now to help alleviate that situation. I am very curious about one thing, though. Why do you add a “k” on to the word “magic”?

  • Reza

    Go fuck yourself.

  • Bindu Saul

    Damien I just finished reading your book ‘Life After Death’. I am an immigrant in Canada and did not know anything about WM3. After reading your book I came to know about this injustice . But I am so short of words to explain my feelings. Your writing is simply amazing. Every word in the book brings everything alive in the eyes of reader. Its like watching your journey with my own eyes. Its not right to say that I can feel what you felt in the prison and even after release from the prison but your feelings touch the hearts. While reading the book I cried many times. Your wife Lori is also as amazing as you are . I think love ,belief and faith can really bring magick( I liked it the way you write magick) and change your life and you are a living proof of that. I wish you and Lori all the best and look forward to more writings from you.

  • Remembers the REAL WM3

    Good luck finding the real killers. I guess you’ll get around to exonerating yourself after you write a few more books to make a little money, tweet a few more proverbs like some Zen laden prophet, and generally continue your downward spiral into douchebag legend. Alford plea my ass.

    • Frida

      What is wrong with u? Its because of people like u innocent people sometimes end up in prison.. people who dont care about evidence or facts.

      • Gabriel Ostweiller

        Don’t just watch the documentaries and make a decision…many of the important statements in the documentary are inaccurate – if not a flat out lie. There was sufficient evidence found at the crime scene, multiple confessions both before and after conviction. Take the time and do the research. I used to be a supporter and then I did a little more research. I was trying to find additional information to support the WM3, but what I found was a lot of creative editing in the documentary and I came to the simple conclusion that they did indeed commit these murders. In 2015 a new documentary is being released that tells the true story and shows how Hollywood freed child murderers. So sad. If you do all the research and you still think they are innocent, then that is your opinion, but please look at all of the information first-hand, don’t read others opinions and accept them as facts. I did and I realized Damien is a psychotic child murderer.

    • aries4279

      At least he is inspiring & positive, not someone who sours people with negativity.

    • KARMA76

      ignorance

    • Michelle

      “Never let your feelings get hurt or be affected by those who do not have the soul to judge you”.

    • Friend

      He should be resting comfortably on the state’s dime after what they did to him, but the ridiculous egos and their desire to save face forced an Alford plea, which means no recompense for what they went through. If he can make a little money writing books, more power to him. And if you ask me, writing the books has a lot less to do with money than it does about educating the people and helping him heal from the horrors he endured.

      • Diana Wolfslag

        So if they find the real killer will they get compensation?

        • doesntevenmatter

          They were too busy looking for a satanic cult and forcing confessions out of people that they ignored the real killers who was under their nose the whole time.

          There is one person whose neighbors saw him with the kids after they were reported missing.

          There is one person who can’t account for their whereabouts during crucial times on 5/5/1993.

          There is one person who has lied and lied from the beginning.

          One person whose family believes did it.

          One person who confessed to family members.

          One person whose mtDNA matches tht of one found in the knot of a ligature used to tie up Michael Moore.

          That person is Terry Wayne Hobbs!

          • Gabriel Ostweiller

            Nice try, but there are three other people who can’t account for their whereabouts during the crucial times on 5/5/93. Damien listed four (maybe five) girls who could provide him an alibi, but wasn’t called to testify, do you know why? Because none of them could account for his whereabouts between 5:30-9:20 and also their testimony would place him with Jason Baldwin during those times. Any and all attempts of an alibi by those three were proved to be lies. Fact, not opinion.
            Regarding the family members who believe Terry Hobbs is the killer is ridiculous. Terry Hobbs Jr. has never admitted to saying his father committed the murders and the two people who made the statement are now in prison for felony theft and serving long sentences at best their testimony is hearsay which isn’t admissible in court and most likely was an attempt to get some of the reward money being offerred by Peter Jackson and the rest of the fools who donated money.
            Also the DNA you are speaking about is also not admissible in court because it matches 1.5% of the population. – The same percentage as the DNA match that was found on Damien Echols necklace. – Yes, DNA evidence of blood matching Stevie Branch and co-defendant Jason Baldwin was found on Damien’s necklace – they just left that part out of the documentary, along with the luminol testing and the psychiatric findings of Damien.
            Why does Wayne call himself Damien? just curious.
            What is amazing is all the defense has to do is give a couple of career criminals money to make a statement about Terry Hobbs and half the world thinks he did it. Sorry folks this isn’t a Hollywood movie, there is no dramatic ending, the real killers were caught, confessed, and sentenced. Unfortunately they are free to kill again because many of us were lied to. Again, I was a supporter until I did my own research of the evidence. These guys weren’t arrested because they were poor white trash who listened to Metallica, they were arrested because of the evidence.

          • Mary Sue Moore Turn

            Terry Hobbs is innocent. Defense team use him as a distraction in this media circus. wm3 are confessed/convicted child murderers and will never be exonerated. Know this thru actual research or follow the psychopaths lead. Your choice.

      • Gabriel Ostweiller

        You have to be kidding me. You need to quit listening to the lies Damien spits out whenever he speaks. The defense approached the prosecution and requested the Alford plea. It was never forced. They didn’t have to take a plea, they had a new trial scheduled, but the WM3 knew there was sufficient evidence to convict them again.

        • Brian

          Very Impressive. Can you reveal your sources and give me us the website for this new documentary. I see your comments but putting that with neighbors beside the crime scene that I myself interviewed, I’ll stick to the neighbors and people from West Memphis’s testimony while I wait for you to reveal your sources. Sometimes I wonder if some of you visit this site just to get a rise out of Damien and Lorrie.. Why do you even visit this site?

          • Gabriel Ostweiller

            There is no website that I am aware of, but I promise I will forward any information as I receive and confirm it. If you’ve done your own research and are convinced of their innocence then it is your opinion and your entitled to it. Do you have any new information since you’ve interviewed the people involved? Actually, let me stop there. I did not realize this was a site for Damien and Lorrie – some of my comments were out of line for the forum, and should be directed elsewhere. So I will see if I can remove the posts, but I would really like to continue a discussion. I’m open-minded, and I was once a supporter, but I’ve done some research, but not to the extent you have (interviewing people, visiting the site, etc.) I have questions for you that I would love to have answered, but this isn’t an open forum of discussion – and it shouldn’t be if it’s a site dedicated to them. Please reply through my email address. Thanks.

          • Brian

            To be fair Gabriel, I found that you are NOT making what you said up. To explain, I just got finished with researching your claim and found a website that supports your comments.. You claimed a necklace with Damien’s DNA from the crime scene was found. I also saw where this was claimed just now along with fibers or evidence on Baldwin’s robe. So I took these claims and compared it to public records.. They are only false propaganda put out as if they were facts to stir up folks and confuse them..I will continue research on all these claims. I thank you for bringing this to my attention now. To answer your question, the neighbor beside the tracks where the bikes were found did not tell me anything different than was already public knowledge..Many people interviewed that were living there in ’93 refused to be interviewed fort book, but one thing they all had in common was their strong belief of the WM3′s innocence. I refuse to blame Terry Hobbs because at this point that just makes me just as guilty as when I blamed Mark Byers at 1st…of you’re curious about my personAl experience with the West Memphis Police Department and what I personally found in the woods at Robin zooid Hills, scroll down and click on more comments and my story is about 5-6 pages or times clicked over…, Brian

          • Brian

            Wow, sorry about the typos..

          • Mary Sue Moore Turn

            West Memphis Three Facts.com
            WM3 Truth.com
            Guilty WM3

        • Brian

          Just so you know, I’ll be fair and research your sources… I promise

    • Scott

      Damien has no more responsibility than you or me when it comes to finding the monsters responsible for the deaths of those boys. Did you get off your ass and investigate today? This guy was victimized by the justice system, having his twenties, along with the better part of his thirties taken from him! Excuse him for taking some time to live and enjoy life! His enjoyment of life is also synonymous with giving people hope and inspiration. I wonder how you go about enjoying life. There is a saying in regards to walking a mile in another man’s shoes. How about living on borrowed time from his death row cell? Exoneration? I want justice served for those boys as badly as anyone, but they are not the only victims to consider. Damien, Jason, and Jessie were raped by law enforcement and the courts. The West Memphis PD and courts are the parties who should be seeking to exonerate themselves.

      • Gabriel Ostweiller

        Come on, spend a few minutes and do some research and you will see Damien, Jason, and Jessie killed those boys. Damien was such a prick during the trial that he blew kisses to the victims families just to taunt them. What a worthless piece of shit. If only people knew the truth.

    • Raven Nevermore

      You are a real class act there, buddy. Tell me you would not want your story heard if you were not in the same situation. The public wants to know.

    • Mary Sue Moore Turn

      I concur.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002467443351 Den Ise

    Yes, how much searching HAVE you done to find the “real Killers”? All you have to do is look in the mirror, Damien. Daily, your facade becomes weaker, more brittle. That’s what constantly living a lie will do. As well as your guilt. You only fool the foolish with your rhetoric and deceit. The rest of us know the “real killers” were in prison all along.

    • Sherrie

      Foolish is the person who speaks without knowing.
      This defines you. There has been a great deal
      of effort by Damien to find the person or persons
      responsible for the deaths of these boys. Investigators
      have been hired, forensic experts have been hired.
      There is plenty of information available to follow
      what Damien is doing. Perhaps you should read it.

  • Ruby

    Damien- I’ve just finished reading your book and perhaps this isn’t what I was meant to come away with, but I wanted to thank you for the inspiration I got out of reading about Lorri.

    I’ve been wallowing in self-pity for several months now over the bureaucracy and red tape keeping me apart from my husband and best friend. Although my situation is vastly different, to me it’s the core of my universe and I’ve been living a half life waiting for the time to pass. The strength of your wife who has endured a much longer and harder journey that I’ll ever have to face, has definitely been the cold bucket of reality that I needed.

    Thank you to you both for sharing something so bitter and personal – you truly have made a difference.

  • Becky

    Hello Damien,

    I have been following your case throughout the recent years and find it outstanding how an entire Judicial System fails to implement basic common sense. I live in the UK and was wondering if you plan on touring over here with any book signings? It would be brilliant to increase the awareness of failures of Capital punishment occuring around the world.

    Greatly appreciate a reply.
    Kind Regards
    Becky

  • debbie

    I have never written to an author in my life- I have just finished your book; which I have not been able to remove from my hands for days , regardless of my busy life.
    I am struck hard yet again, by the incredible injustice the world can dish out; the horror you have survived, and the incredible love and devotion from your wife you found along the road of this journey. I have 3 sons; my oldest is your age- a musician in a band with a day job as a taper. I know what music means to him specifically as it clearly impacted you as well.
    I kept thinking of him as I read your story and how our lives would have been altered , had this very thing happened to him. I am sorry to say I had no idea this wrongful journey you had to endure: I never saw the HBO special and don’l recall reading anything about it; I clearly live a sheltered life. Had I known, I too , would have supported your release.
    As a mother , I am furious with the shoddy care you recieved and lack of protection. At least you had a grandma that you have sweet memories of.
    I encourage you to forge an everlasting friendship with your now adult son; it is truly never too late. You can’l retrieve the years you missed: you can acquire decades of new and great memories with him now.

  • LeAnn Jones

    Blessings to you Damien,
    I will be buying your book shortly and after reading it will be back to review it of course. My review will be about your writing without judgement to any previous convictions of your past. I believe you are a unique individual with strong ideas, encouraging thoughts, and this wisdom has shown through since the beginning. I was 18 and living in California when this issue was first publicized on the news and moved to Booneville, Arkansas in 2004. I have two boys ages 18 and 15 and a daughter that is 1. I can honestly say that the judicial system is crooked everywhere, but there happens to be a disregard of fair justice here in the bible belt. I was not raised Christian and I am not Christian now, and I understand through some of the things my oldest son has endured that profiling, religious racism, and favoritism is what holds these small towns together. And it is a shame. The year is 2013, and the oddball is still blamed. The ones that are different and have the intelligence to speak up are the ones getting the shaft. “Sad But True”, there is no, “…And Justice For All.”

    Blessed Be,
    LeAnn Jones

    • Gabriel Ostweiller

      Well LeAnn when the oddball admits to stomping a dog to death just to watch it die and then keeps the skull to show others – yeah, that might cause a few people to think that he might be capable of murder. He wasn’t a suspect because he wore black, he was a suspect because he told people he did it and the evidence proved he did it. Please spend a little bit of time and actually reseach the evidence against Damien – all of which was conveniently left out of the documentaries.

  • Arnaldo Giordano

    Hey Damien ,I m from Brazil,I read his book in 2 days…
    I wish you much health,peace and great moments in your life.You re example for us .thanks bye

  • Eric

    I’m so glad to find this book by Damien, and to read about his life and finding Lorri (or she, him!) and EV, Rollins, etc supporting these guys. So glad that you guys are no longer in prison. What’s so different about the low-literacy rate, whether its Arkansas or Afghanistan??? I read this book in 2 days. Have a great life, all! Next step: exoneration and bringing the real killer(s) to justice, so the families’ of the 3 kids can maybe have some sense of closure.

  • Save The Sharks

    I read the book and watched all the documentaries and the ONLY thing I could not understand was how everyone was willing to overlook exhibit 500 the mental health history which was quite alarming and shows a pattern of behaviour – including the satanic ritual stuff which I see did not wear off in prison since you have now moved to Salem MA? Good luck I hope you lead a meaningful life.

  • Adam Stanley

    Watched all the docs, read your book, and the one by Ramsey, and I am still up in the air about the outcome. The mental health stuff and the rituals kind of woke me up a bit. I was in hospitals too at the same time, and i grew up in a small town as a punk skater outcast, but something seems amiss in this story. I really wish i know the truth. hope to find out one day along with the JFK thing!!

  • Jenn Pilkington

    I just finished reading this book. And let me say that you are a true inspiration! If you can have the strength to live on, then all of us who haven’t had the injustices that you have, can surely live on. I am in a dark place in my own life, and you have given me strength. Thank you for this wonderful book.

  • Dana

    Read your book and it was an inspiration! I don’t know how you made it through all you did, but you are a survivor. I believe it is to be a help, an encouragement to others. Thanks so much for all you do today and I will never forget your story!

  • laura

    wanted to say i just got the book, read it in 2 days, and i am not a reader at all, i found as i was reading the words an ache in my heart, i remember the case , i was pregnant with my son at the time, and i have never cried over a book before but i just want to wish u safeness and happiness for the rest of your new life. ur words were so touching and look forward to reading more of your work.

  • aries4279

    if that’s your true thoughts, then why did u visit this page?

  • Ellen Dunsmore

    Damien,

    Just heard a Dylan song and started to write…thought of you for some reason, I actuly think of you a lot due to the misrepresentation of whom you are…I can relate…anyway heres what I wrote:

    There’s a tightness in my chest
    Familiar dusty smells
    Holes I’ve filled with mud and thyme
    Begin to wreak and smell

    Dylan plays on satellite
    A rain is gonna fall
    Its hard, and cold and blinds the light
    Mr. Jones has missed his call

    My compass isn’t broken
    I’ve been lost in a hole that’s dark
    When you can’t see the needle pointing,
    Its impossible to brake, or park, or spark

    And Angie was a junkie
    Though no one followed through
    And while obvious to others
    Mr. Jimmy had no flu

    Perceptions cover truth and meaning
    And that’s really are they are
    But they exist within our souls and bleed
    And leave a silent scar

    My compass isn’t broken
    I’ve been lost in a hole that’s dark
    When you can’t see the needle pointing
    Its difficult to brake, or park, or spark

    I plead guilty while remaining innocent
    No court of law to judge
    Damien now lives in Salem mass
    I still hold a grudge

    Love never leaves our souls or hearts
    You’re touched like with a brand
    Though life gets in the way of care
    So you join another band

    My compass isn’t broken
    I’ve been lost in a hole that’s dark
    When you can’t see the needle pointing
    Its too late to brake, or park, or spark

  • gośka

    hi I am from Poland.

    just read your book. I’m fascinated by your literary artistry and touched your destiny. doing magic writing. thank you

  • jim

    Whats up dude,,THE BOOKS GOOD,,I been in the system too,dude ,for some bull shit i never did to,,and the dirt bag cop that made the case married the bitch,,any ways thanks for true story of what its like ,,any ways man iam an artist as with other trades in construction,,,i wrote you and drew you a few drawings ,then tore up that shit and threw it out dude,,you get a million people a day doing that shit,,

    any ways you inspired me to pull my self outa a hole,,and to read the bible it worked and a few days latter i got one of the best jobs of my career ,,after 18 years of struggle ,,,it was the same construction excavating contractor who i was working at when arrested and it all went down hill from ther,,for years,,the cop married the chick i was engaged to,i lost a business ,and blaw blaw blaw,,,,thanks man currently to relax,,i created a new skill,,since iam from CT,,,and also lived in FL,,,and while i used to drive semi and delivered in the town it all happend to you,,,iam trying to teach my self (DRUNKING SOUTH)-I -call it–see i get drunk,put in the dvd of
    Paradise Lost 3 ,,listen to the dum retarted cops ,,and hit pause and talk like they do,,,whennnnn i seen daaaameonnnn owwn thaaat service roadsss you know what i mean man –deep south accent,with a mix of dum as lier cops..try it its funny as hell,,some times i let it play and we will keep the volum off and just add lib words to the dum cops its funny …mr echollss wassss a bad kiddddd and we was gona fixem a lesson.haaahaaa just joken dude

    • jim

      one more thing dude please tell MR.DEPP,,great f-ing job on the show 21 jump street –the season 2 -show

      IAM ALRIGHT YOU NEED WORK—was so well done and so realistic of places some one i know really well has saw first hand,,,he did a great job,, and to be honest i really think thats one of the reasons MR.DEPP help you out,,because he reseached hes part well,,he was a good cop helping out a kidd he had arrested in the past,,,and he became a part of what abuse the kidd was going through,,,and i think mr depp still feals in a way from playing that part ,,hes stil in the frame of mind you,,if you never seen that show mr echols please see it u will understand ,thanks dude…norwalk ct.

    • jim

      the frame of mind,,i maen sorry type o dude,,you know what i mean please watch it,,dont tell depp you seen it,,you will under stand,,,man,,he seems like a decent guy,,thats still in hanson the cops frame of mind in the show twords you man,,tell him i like donny basco what ever that movie was called ,,he played that great too.

  • James Lato

    Whats up Dude,,i read the book too,,its great,,blaw balw blaw i know millions of people write you a day man,,the main thing I been in places too..and you did a great job of describing the abuse,,takes place,,,any ways i just finished the book,,was stuck my self in a 18 year adjustment back ,,i find my self stuck in the past at times,,when it all happend to me 18 years ago,,i had a great job– career at a major excavating contractor,,in lower fair field county,ct,,i was engaged,,,and had my own landscaping@ tree care- business i did on the side,,long story short,the Cop Made a case,for a case i never did ,with her,,,the cop married her a year latter,,i went through my own hell,,and lost every thing,,i read your book home–ss in a van in winter in the cold ,,you INSPIRED me to read a bible,,,it works man,,,a few times i did it,,a few days latter in one of the worst job markits in history in CT,,in construction,,i got my old job back ,,a career ,,at the same company i was at 18 years ago when it all happend,,after 18 years of struggle,,and bad jobs,,and switching careers,and you know all the rest the blaw blaw ,,thanks for the help. Man i got that bible from some over the road trucking job,from a truck driver preacher at a werner terminal at christmas 2 years ago and never through it away..your book inspired me to open it up,and read a little,,i did not under stand most of what i read,,but i prayed to,,,iam here to say its not a joke it works man.

  • James Lato

    1 more thing mr echols please see –The 21 jump street show called –
    IAM ALRIGHT YOU NEED WORK,,,please tell Depp ,,thanks man you did a great job,,it was done so realistic,,,,dude i think depp is a decent guy ,,that reseached his part well,,and still thinks hes hanson helping you,,,,for all that dudes fame and money,,he seems down to earth,,i can just think of what his agents were telling him when he told them DUDE iam helping out the west 3,,thank you both ,,one more thing dude when you interview i know its a habit,,but try to keep your finger and hand away from your face,,just kiding dude,,

  • Friend

    Dexter, you’re a sick man. And naming yourself after a TV serial killer? Really. Damien clearly isn’t a murderer. All of the evidence shows he didn’t do it. Why would you still continue to believe he did?

  • sanderella

    I’ve always known how incredibly handsome you are but your spirit is what shines so very brightly. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, you have no idea how inspiring you are to me especially engulfed with my own struggles and demons right now. Thank you & Lori. I read your book Life After Death and it was amazing at the strength you had and continue to have. Sadly the prison where my son was incarcerated would not permit him to have the copy I ordered for him. So I will give him his own copy upon release in 1 more year. Bless you & Lori…..

  • Ellie Aronson

    Damien,
    I’m fifteen years old, and this past summer I read your book. It changed my life. Because of it I have decided to pursue a career in criminal justice. I’m so sorry for everything you went through, and I know that I’m just another voice in the chorus, but I just wanted to say thank you for fighting. Thank you for staying strong, for meditating and continuing to create artwork while in prison, and thank you for turning your experiences into a book that has inspired me more than any other piece of literature or artwork ever has.

  • Ellie Aronson

    Ah, what an utterly intelligent and mature response backed up with an abundance of clear evidence. I mean /clearly/ these two insulting words prove every other person who bothered to read up on the case and actually write Damien meaningful paragraphs wrong. /Clearly/ you are the superior one here. Asshole.

  • magdalena

    Dear Damien,
    has just finished reading the book, cannot even imagine what You went through… so surrealistic and horribly realistic at the same time… wish You all the best for today and tomorrow:)
    lots of love for You and Lorri!
    mag

  • nick

    I was looking for the tour dates in Illinois and found July 2 in Chicago… But when I. Clicked on location it doesn’t say anything about you and Lorri… Are you coming to Illinois??

    . Peace, Nick Dayhoff
    . ndayhoff69@gmail.com

    • Life After Death

      July 2 – Chicago, IL
      CityLit @ Logan Square Auditorium – 7:00 PM

      • Life After Death

        July 2 – Chicago, IL. City Lit Books – Logan Square Auditorium located at 2539 N. Kedzie Boulevard (free parking behind Popular Bank) at 7pm. Damian and Lorri will discuss their new book, Yours for Eternity, with journalist Selena Fragassi. This book is a follow-up to Life After Death, Damian’s story of wrongful conviction of murder as part of the Memphis Three and subsequent twenty-year imprisonment on Death Row. Tickets for this event can be purchased for $5 each (plus an additional $1.17 service fee) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/704278 Beginning as an exchange of letters between two distant worlds and becoming a remarkable story of marriage, love, and salvation, YOURS FOR ETERNITY traces the development of Davis and Echols’s relationship in alternating epistolary voices. The letters quickly moved from inquisitive formality (“I hope it doesn’t freak you out to have someone that you don’t even know mooning over you so much,” wrote Davis) to a deeper exchange of ideas and intimacy (“You made me so happy today that there is no way I could express it, because I read some things in your letters that said things that I wanted to say but couldn’t bring myself to say,” Echols wrote.) As Davis and Echols described their worlds for each other, they broke down seemingly impossible barriers between them in order to create a world they could both inhabit. Watching movies at the same hour and sharing the same books became ways to be together, as did their “moon water” ritual (capturing the light of the moon in a glass of water and drinking it at an agreed-upon time). Under circumstances too restrictive for most of us to imagine, Davis and Echols found a way to learn each other’s “magick,” and to fall in love. YOURS FOR ETERNITY is a collection of love letters, but it is also a meeting of minds and of will. Davis channeled her strength and resources over the years to ensure that the man she fell in love with was able to rejoin the world. Echols was finally released in 2011. Their account of how they kept their marriage alive and evolving is both moving and miraculous; an inspiring and romantic story of a love that was capable of sustaining two people through the depths of hell and back. http://www.citylitbooks.com/event/conversation-damian-echols-and-lorri-davis-authors-yours-eternity

      • nick

        Thanks

  • debb

    Greetings to you Damien Lorri and little Damian…wishing you all well
    and happy your lives are moving on, although, i am sure its still a
    difficult road for all involved. I accidentally saw your book over here
    in Ireland in the EASONS bookshop 2 days ago and bought it, (i am
    currently on the page that informed me of the websites, so, i took time
    away from reading to drop you a note) including another book by my fave
    Irish author John Connelly. I chose to read your book over his, which is
    an unbelievable thing and many would be suprised i set aside johns’
    books, but, ever since hearing and seeing your story back then i felt i
    should take the time and read about ”true” life. Things of that nature
    draw me in and help me to feel closer with true emotions about life
    within myself, even if it isnt about my own chapters in life. does that
    make sense? i guess it helps me to recall my own complicated upbringing
    in a way, something that i will be putting down on paper. It doesnt come
    close to your nightmare’s but, my life does have what i think an
    incredible journey that needs to come out. i havent a clue on how to
    write a life story but i will try my best and perhaps when i am done i
    will send it to you to read and you can either roll your eye’s, fall
    asleep after the first page or, maybe even find something in it that
    catches you attention and tell me what you may have felt about it. i
    dunno, rambling on here…anyways, i’ll leave you here and wish you and
    your family love and light.
    deborah
    dmnr04@gmail.com

  • MichaelChrisStevie

    I’m sorry, but I just don’t believe the WM3 are innocent. The documentaries only tell one small part of a very complicated case. The court system can and does make mistakes. But watching this narcissistic jerk being worshipped just turns my stomach.

  • Kaye Tripp

    Will you be coming back to NYC later this year? I have followed what’s been going on with you all since my Criminal Investigations class..I would count it an honor to meet you!

  • Erin Persley

    Hi Damien and Lorri, I am excited to read your book “Yours for Eternity” as I am working on a documentary film about women falling in love with men behind bars. I wonder if at some point I could talk to you both about your relationship and my film. Or maybe you might know of other couples who would be interested in speaking with me. Let me know and I can provide contact information.

  • Life After Death

    moron!!

  • Life After Death

    you wouldn’t have the balls… just like not having the balls to post a pic of yourself… moron!!

  • Izzy Angel

    Hi Damien and Lorri. I recently watched West of Memphis and immediately afterward i watched all three HBO documentaries as well as reading your very own Life After Death book. Damien, you are an amazing writer. I was not only blown away by the injustice of the whole ordeal, but your book made me angry, sad, happy and overwhelmed. I live in Australia, but am doing some travel to America in September, 2014. I will miss your new book tour just. Please keep to your twitter on if you do more dates in September. I would love to hear you and Lorri speak about your new book while i am in the states.

    Hope you are both well.

  • ABarry

    Hi Damien,
    I am trying to get to Chicago for your book tour but it would be a 6 hour drive with my 1-and-a-half -year-old in the backseat. Is there any way you could send me one? I have been folliwing your case for a long time and would LOVE to come hear you speak and get a signed copy but I don’t know if I can. Please let me know if yhid would be possible! My best to you and Lorri… :)

  • Meredyn McNeil

    Hi Damien. My husband and I want to send you our very best wishes from Scotland and hope that you are enjoying your new life in Salem, although we both realise that being free after so long in incarceration means that life on the outside takes a lot of adjusting to! Salem is a place we would love to visit. We followed you and your co-accused’s cases closely and there was not a day went by that we didnt hope for your freedom. Walk forward with your head high, my friend! All the best, Meredyn & Duncan.

  • Gem

    I would love to see you and your wife in oklahoma city. The story and how you have risen above the horror you had to live with is inspiring.

  • steven wren

    i watched paridise lost about a yr ago and was relly angered and upset on how corupt the goverment were being they were willing to kill a innocent man its truley disgusting ive just read blood of innocence and im just starting to read life after death i get a lot of inspiration from u from wt u went through to come out and talk about the way u do is amazing if there is any justice in the world u have to be exonerated it has to happen i relly hope u do i also hope some day u will tour in england someday i watched devils knot aswell .also i wd like to wish u and lorri the very best and take care

  • Rachael

    You have incredible strength of will (and fabulous hair). I hope the scars fade a little more ever day as you experience what life is like with the lights turned on again. Middle finger to the cops

  • Rachael

    South Africa would like a visit. We too are a country that is only just beginning to know freedom. These alot we can learn from you and vice versa

  • Priscilla kellebrew

    Who would i contact about a rally i want to put together to raise money to get you guys exonerated

  • Caddymattdaddy

    Damien, I spent the weekend watching all of the documentaries about what you went through. It’s unbelievable that of all the people to accuse of those crimes, they chose you. I watched all 4 documentaries and Devil’s Knot and I only have one question. When there are a group of boys murdered, and there are two stepfathers involved, why were they not hauled in first? I just cannot think of a possible motive you would have had to do those things. But with step-fathers you never really know if they hate or resent those kids deep down but they just put up with them because they want to stay with the mom. As with any crime, when trying to solve it, you first have to figure out who benefited the most. Not to accuse anyone of anything, but logic tells you that you start with the person that had the most motive. Maybe the prosecutors thought it would just be easier to convict someone that liked Metallica instead of someone that looked like a dork. This really has to be the worst case of injustice I have ever seen. I feel for you brother. Hopefully this will open peoples eyes to the fact that our justice system is just a business to these people. They don’t really care who they convict, as long as they do convict. Even these idiots that still think you did it have to admit that with all of the developments that came out between your conviction and 2011, there has been plenty of of reasonable doubt raised. And the last time I checked, that’s all that matters. If there is ANY doubt, you do not put a kid on death row. Anyways, I just wanted to get that off my chest and wish you all the best. I’m definitely gonna be at that book signing in Los Angeles on June 27th. Looking forward to meeting you. Take care.

  • bettyblue

    Damien. You should read a book by dr.William davies wheat belly.arthritis can be overcome by simply letting go wheat off our daily diet. Another story ypu shpuld see is jason becker’s documentary not dead yet

  • Aymee O.

    I doubt this will ever be read, but I just finished watching Paradise Lost. And I’m not sure it’s appropriate for a 15 year old girl to watch, but whatever. I value your strength a lot and I cannot imagine the things you endured. There’s a lot I could say, but watching these documentaries has really made me realize that I should never complain about the little things. I hope you live the rest of your life very happy and make up for the years you lost. Also, we share birthdays, which makes you significantly cooler than others.

    • Diana Wolfslag

      At 15 everything is appropriate to watch. It is called expanding your horizon.

  • Diana Wolfslag

    OK. I watched Devil’s Knot last night and I think it was a good idea they made that movie because they brought the case to the public attention once more especially with Colin Firth playing in it (that’s why I went to see it in the first place) and as I am an avid reader of profiling, serial killers, occult etc I started to read about the case and I must say it is fascinating. I have some observations…As apparently the kids were tied up with their shoelaces this could not have been a premeditated murder cause if it was the murderer would have had some rope and other stuff… Also, as Damien was into rituals and stuff he would have had some proper gear with him in order to perform the murder ritual, shoelaces is a bit lame. Also how did the killer know they 3 kids were supposed to be in the woods that day when that was something they did spontaneously? With Damien the killer the details were important. You cannot perform rituals without preparation. Also they mentioned a bloody black man roaming around that night and the film stated there was a black man hair found at the scene… I do not hear anything about that black man. Also if the stepfather was the killer he would have planned it too and not use shoelaces. Given the details of the crime to me it looks like it was an act of spontaneous rage from someone who was maybe caught by the kids doing something in the woods… something they were not supposed to see (there could be another body:)) and because they were not prepared they used whatever they cold find on the boys for murder, tying up etc.

  • Brookie BañoSnapper

    I’m surprised to come here and not see any comments from today (your book was released today).
    I am just plowing through it and I wanted to pop over here and thank you both for sharing such a deeply private compilation of your life together.
    Your love, courage and honesty are inspiring. Thank you.
    ~Brooke Else
    Chicago IL 6/17/14.

  • AZRunner

    Dear Mr. Echols – I followed your story from when I first saw it on a crime show here in the Phoenix area. I was overjoyed when I learned you were being released. I am doing what I can to teach people how our justice system is quite unbalanced, that too often the innocent go to prison and too many innocent people are sentenced to death row. I am trying to help with a case right now where a 22 year old man is charged with a murder he did not commit. The prosecutor has only made a plea offer for natural life. He refused that offer and has maintained his innocence. Now the prosecutor is going for the death penalty.

    Unfortunately, this young man seems to have public defenders who believe he’s guilty and don’t want to do much to help him and he and his family are being pursued by a county prosecutor with shall we say a less than pleasant reputation. Family members are being followed and intimidated by detectives, witnesses are being sent death threats, homes are being set on fire, and documents helpful to the defendant’s case are being mysteriously lost by the prosecutor and defense attorneys. Private investigators and others from the private sector who have volunteered to work for free on this case have been ignored and rejected. The family has been told by the public defenders that if they go to the press about any of this, it will only hurt the defendant’s case, so they’ve remained silent.

    I have tried contacting attorneys, police officers, reporters, investigators and others I know to try to get help for this young man all to no avail. They all tell me not to get involved, mind my own business, it doesn’t have anything to do with me, so why do I care. I have a conscience. I believe in the truth. I think it’s wrong for someone to go to prison for a crime he didn’t do. That’s why I’m involved. That’s why I care. That’s why I’m trying to stand up and get the world to notice that something very wrong is going on here. But, I don’t know where to turn to now. That’s why I’m turning to you. I am hoping that because you have been there, you know how this happens, experienced how this happens, you might have some suggestions, advice, ideas that you can share with me so that I can help this man.

    I find myself crying at random times and unable to sleep anymore at night because I’m afraid this young man is going to end up on death row for something he didn’t do and that is not right. It’s not right that because people are threatening, intimidating and scaring other people to stop them from telling the truth, someone else is going to end up in prison for a terrible crime he had nothing to do with, he was just dumb enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with people he thought he could trust.

    I also want to thank you for sharing your story Mr. Echols. Thank you for continuing to fight all those years. Thank you for helping to shine a light on this problem we have of sending innocent people away, of jumping to quickly to conclusions that are wrong and teaching us that justice will come in the end.

  • Nikki Driggers

    Mr. Echols, I have been following your case since I was 17. It is the case of the WM3 that spurred my passion for the law. For the last 5 years I have been a volunteer for The Innocence Project and am currently working in my home state to have the death penalty abolished. Every time I see an interview or read something regarding your case, I am reminded of why I do what I do. It is my hope that there will never be another innocent person put in jail ( I know this is wishful thinking) so until that day, I will do what I can to attempt to fix our damaged legal system. The day that the news was released that you guys were going to be released, I ran home from work to watch, it had always been a hope to watch all three of you walk out of those prison doors as free men. I know that y’all have not been exonerated yet, but I still feel, in the depths of my soul that it will happen. What happened to you was a travesty, how you have handled your situation though is an inspiration. It would be an honor one day to be able to shake your hand, but I will settle for sending you love, light, many good thoughts and positive energy. Blessed be!

  • Dylan Forte

    Hey Damien Echols i am a 14 year old boy and i have been extremely interested in your case on the WM3 i have watch The movie Devil’s Knote and i have seen the Doc. on it to i know u got out in 2011 but i steal want u to know i am so glad u are out. And injoying life well homefully one day u can email me make my days. I know i seem like just a 14 year old boy but im not i am just like u i get blamed just like u did. Life is hard sometimes and there is always challenges hu.
    (Ever get time E-Mail me @ dylanforte859@yahoo.com ) mom said she is going to try to get me the book u wrote cant wait…

  • Vanessa

    Hi Damien,
    Although I was not yet born to have been able to support you when you were first wrongfully convicted, you are forever my idol. It may not be much coming from another teenager from NYC, but I admire you for staying strong, opening up, and even finding yourself true love during your 18 years. You’re an incredible writer and everything is truly heartfelt. I find it sick how society forces us to remember people like Justin Bieber or Lil Wayne for having the “ability” to sing, when the true hero is right here, along with many other wrongfully convicted heroes. Its a complete mind fuck to think about how screwed up the Justice system is, and you really showed me more of what is real rather than what is ideal. I know I’m just writing a comment on this website that says it was posted in 2012 (so god knows if you’re actually going to see this) but I just feel like its good to know that. Perhaps you don’t want much. I know I don’t. But you’ve got admirers. That’s more than what the richest person on earth has.

    P.S sorry for that deep ending. it kinda got me feeling some type of way.

    xoxo (!!!!!!so angry i wasn’t there when you were at Barnes and Noble!!!)

  • Matthew Mccoy

    I wish you’d come to Dallas. As a wrongfully convicted person in Texas, the largest prison state, it would be an honor to meet you.

  • Sean

    Damien,

    You and I are just about the same age; I’ve been re-watching the films related to the marvelous treatment each of you received in the state of Arkansas, and while I am an ardent fan of the horror genre, I have never experienced anything as terrifyingly fucked up as your trial and the bloody railroad job orchestrated by the law enforcement community in West Memphis.

    The reason I mentioned my relative age in opening is simple…… I am of the same generation, listened to the same music, was not conventional in many of the same ways, and the experience of watching the films was / is visceral for me. I saw you being wrung out by the system and want you to know how sorry I am that you endured that. I pondered whether I would be strong enough, and the answer is no.

    Sean

  • April Krayer

    I literally only just about the killings of the three boys and everything that happened with the trials and, how the three of you guys got completely screwed over by the judicial systems. I’m not entirely sure how this was the first time I’ve ever heard about the WM3, and everything that went on, maybe because I was born in 1994 when a lot of this was going down (or I just really haven’t paid attention to the news my entire life haha). But it’s completely insane what happened to the three of you, and the fact that the police let it happen and pretty much arrested you guys because of how you look and act was completely wrong of them and for the police to be doing that is just mind blowing because you think of the police as people who help and are not supposed to do things like this. But I am glad the three of you finally got released in 2011, and I hope that you are all doing well. It seems like you’re doing pretty well to me :). You’re all very inspiring people, and I wish the best to you in your future!

  • DaMann

    As far as solving this case the f¥€king WMPD did every thing you SHOULD NOT do in a police investigation. There is a reason why most murders involving children take place from a family member.
    If the man with blood all over him the same night in Bojangles restaurant wasn’t Reasonable doubt then our Justice system is the boogie man with a 3yr olds brain.
    Scary that any of use could be put in a similar situation. No witnesses, no physical evidence, no real motive ( some B.S. about blood power in youths blood) and no common sense in Arkansas.
    The judge might be the biggest idiot of them All.
    Keep your head up Damien. Keep writing and hope you can get your life back now

  • Bruce

    Hi Damien and Lorri, my name is Bruce I met you on your book tour in TriBeCa at Barnes and noble I was sitting in the second row and I have tattoos and I asked you both a question about “soul mates.” Damien answered this question very truthfully and eloquently. I invited you both to see me act in Gypsy at York little theater (27 south Belmont street) I have free tickets for you both the last performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 26, 27 28 at 7:30pm and Sunday the 29 at 3. Please email me at brucifer927@yahoo.com and let me know when you would like to attend.

  • Ruboxo

    Great book and I admire you for bring strong in everything you went thru..when will you be in the Washington, D.C. Area?

  • Laura Cook

    Please consider coming closer to NE Arkansas….my son and I traveled to hear you all speak in Conway…but due to what I consider poor planning on the part of the university, there were more people in line for the book signing, than time available…so we were turned away….and I presume you all were about 50 feet away, around the corner from us. We were extremely disappointed. We both have different, personal reasons for wanting just 60 seconds to give you our messages so we will continue to monitor the Internet watching for a chance for an encounter. Best Wishes

  • jason1978

    Would love for you two to make it to DC or MD on your book tour. Have a safe trip.

  • tim bullard
  • http://www.reverbnation.com/jamesldeason James & Yolie Deason

    Damien, My husband and I watched three documentaries about your ordeal this month, and I am now reading Life After Death. I am very interested in reading and learning more about your incredible spirit, and hope that I can contribute to your new life in any way possible. You are giving me a new view on this world we live in, and your strength is a powerful lesson in this life, and you are a special individual. Peace & Love, Yolie van Deason

  • http://www.hisss.net Kelli Hammack

    I really liked the new book. I just finished the Kindle version, and I’m hoping to pick up a hard copy at the Kansas City stop. Keep up the good work!

  • Jaykay1977

    Hello Damien, I don’t expect you to remember me but I use to hang with the crowd at the bowling alley there in WM. I always knew you guys were innocent. I protested loudly with fellow supports. I cried when you guys were released. I hope all is well. Do you ever plan to return to Arkansas for a book signing? I can’t afford to buy books at the moment. Homelessness has that effect. My children and I still pray for you and Lorri. Lorry, you’re an amazing lady.

    Forever in thoughts
    Jayme Gayman

  • morten

    Hi Damien & Lorri, my name is Morten I’m from Britain! I recently came across your story by accident on youtube!! I’ve spent the last 2 weeks finding as much info on your case as possible. I’ve watched hours of tapes, interviews, whatever I could find. I’ve spent time in UK prisons and I can relate to your thirst for knowledge and understanding. I can’t pretend that I understand your struggle and search for justice, as I was guilty of my crimes. I just want to say that I find the three of you incredible and I applaud your strength and character. Your wife Lorri seems to be your sole partner and has seemingly sacrificed a lot to be with you and to set you free. I hope you all find happiness and fulfilment in your lives. Sending much love Morten lol. PS- keep smiling

  • Debbie Dyer

    Will u ever come to Columbus Ohio?

  • Anna LaForgia

    Hey there. Just bought your book, like it so far. You’re very wordy haha. That’s good tho. I’ve always thought you were somewhat of a genius in a way, even when I saw Paradise Lost in the mid 90s. Come to Suffolk county on Long Island when you get a chance. Maybe the Staller center at Stonybrook university. If you’re up for it. Must be annoying being kinda a celebrity in a way. Anyways. Take care. Hopefully when I’m in Salem maybe I’ll run into ya!

  • Shaun…oi

    Hi I love your book. I love to read it a lot. Thanks for wrighting it.

  • catrina

    Just found out that you were here in Portland Maine last week and am so disappointed that I didn’t know in time to go and meet you and Lorri. What you have endured it just beyond all words, and what a testimony to your bright spirit that you survived. I have been a long time supporter, but just these last 2 weeks watched all the documentaries, many of which I hadn’t seen before.
    It shakes me to my core the injustice and insanity of your ordeal, AND the fact that TPTB seem to have no interest in finding out and bringing to justice WHO killed these little boys. They’d rather see a child killer be free than admit they were wrong, declare your innocence, and pay you restitution.(not that they could give back to you the 18 years of your life) What a fucked up world we live in.
    I’m glad that you have a wonderful woman to love, and send you all my best thoughts for the future. I’ll be buying your books today. Blessings from a pagan mama.

  • Lonny

    ah,
    Well I can’t say that I’ve tried doing this for interesting or famous people before… usually to no avail…
    But I actually wanted to hear more thoughts about creative process and your urge to get it all out. I’ve done my research, and I’ve read a lot. I find most things that society won’t look at fascinating. I do illustrations and sculpture work.
    Honestly, I grew up in a town like you did, and my only saving grace was having a progressive art teacher and living thirty minutes out of town.
    I’m now a socially secluded art student at a top university…but I tend to talk more to vagabonds and homeless.
    I don’t know if you’ll reply. Or if anyone on this site will.
    But I would like to talk to anyone willing.
    Well, I’m bad enough at comments as is, so if you would be so kind –anyone–
    maanma@umich.edu is my email.

  • Robert Guerrero III

    I am a fan. I digested your book like a fiend and it was wonderful and sad. I can only empathize with you and your depression. I was broken and rearranged in the military and it changed my life. I became something my parents cultivated in my youth, but that has passed and I am a practicing Buddha Cat. I am both Buddhist and Catholic like you and I pray and meditate to good. I believe we can ascend to Godhood but it takes time and I feel you have ascended for the better being incarcerated for so long. I only wish you and Lori the best…A fan and a friend…..Cobra Papinski

  • Belynda Coffman

    Damien,
    We grew up in the same world at the same time. I was born in West Memphis in Dec 1973. I was raised in Forrest City. I was at ASU until 1994 then moved to Fayetteville. I believed what the media told us back then. I would like to say I’m sorry for everything that was done to you, Jason, and Jessie. I look back now and I am appalled at what went on back then. I wish you every happiness and hope that one day the truth comes out.

  • KB

    I never have much to say about social or politcal issues so it surprises me even as I write this how ardently I feel about your story. I watched paradise lost after hearing about a new film that has been commissioned about your story. I feel even now it is an invasion of your privacy to have what I consider to be an intimate knowledge of the miscarriage of justice that became so many years of your life. The nature of your incarceration horrified every inch of the rebel teenager I just recently evolved from. I wanted you to know that your story is still educating young people on the importance of knowledge over propagated ignorance. Most importantly I just wanted you to know that I feel your lives are a true testament to survival and ultimately the beauty that can come from horrendous circumstance. You still make a difference. I apologize for being so forward, I hope you can understand the spark of need to right your situation does not dim easily.

  • Cobra Papinski

    Yo Damien,

    I devoured your book because it was well written. I can also empathize with your evolution as a human being. Being a Buddha Cat, I find that my Buddhism doesn’t conflict with my Catholic upbringing. I get the feeling you have the same convictions. I can only guess but patience is something cultivated. I feel that you cultivated patience and love behind bars. I can only say that I am a fan of your fortitude, your Buddhism/Catholic beliefs, and your love for your wife…Life without love, isn’t really life…Cobra Papinski

  • Sybil Brand

    Hello Damien, I am only half way through your book Life after Death but I feel compelled to stop and apologize to you for something that I know first hand about. I used to work in the judicial system and I know the attorneys, the prosecutor, and the judge who worked on your case. I am ashamed to say that their incompetence is totally in character with what I learned being a part of the system. It is the reason that I could not stay In it. It hurts to know that this goes on. My empathy is, I know too little too late for you, Jason and Jessie, but honestly, living in Arkansas, I cannot help but ask for your forgiveness for a culture that never can and never will allow themselves to be truly human. But for the grace of God any number of us who are unlike the status quo could find ourselves in shoes, maybe not exactly like yours were, but close enough to ruin or end a life so easily. I was so happy for you when you were released from prison. Thank God that there are some human beings, outside of Arkansas, unfortunately who had the power and the decency to work on your behalf until the wrong was righted to a degree, anyway. It is too bad that the state will never be held accountable for what they did but I am so happy that you made it out of hell and lived to tell. Thank you so much for writing the book. It explains many things that the media didn’t see fit to be honest about. It is good to know the truth. Have a wonderful life.

  • Nancy Zig Zag

    Dear Damien, I wish there was an adequate word in the English language that could encompass heartache, grief, righteous fury and bone deep sorrow, as “sorry” seems incredibly trite and small in the shadow of what you endured. Your story has changed my heart, my mind and my life. I am the mother of 2 young men (17 and 21), and in you I saw them. I admire you, your loved ones and anyone that can rise above a horrifying tragedy and come out of it a stronger person. Your spirit and will are phenomenal, and the fact that you emerged from that nightmare intact and with dignity is one of the most affirming, beautiful miracles I have ever witnesed. I was so incredibly moved by your strength and your plight that I pledged to be part of the solution. I volunteered at a local teen homeless shelter (ROOF). I don’t have money to give (if the Universe ever does allow me financial security I vow to use it to better people’s lives), but I do have compassion and experience ( foster child, marginalized, etc) and a heart for these young people who just need a caring soul to reach them and let them know they are valued and loved. I love you Damien, for being a beacon of virtue and peace. You have changed me. I vow to never judge a person again, regardless of emotion or bias. I vow to treat every youth with an open heart, open ears and open soul. I just wanted you to know that you made a difference in my life, which in turn will help the homeless youth I volunteer with, which will hopefully help change some of the negativity that plagues our society. You are a super hero. Thank you for being so lovely and strong, your strength has given me strength and in your honor I will use it to help others. Thank you from the bottom of my soul, you’ll never know how inspirational your life has been to me. Nancy Williams

  • kanionlis

    Hi, I made a blog about how ridiculous the US government can be.

    http://ridiculousmilitia.wordpress.com/

  • BFF

    Amen, Teresa.

  • patzkek

    To whom it may concern at blueriderpublicity or at Penguingroup.com, or to Damien,
    I am a high school teacher in Oregon. Years ago I came across the HBO film “Paradise Lost” at Blockbuster. Needless to say, I found your story compelling and have used it in my teaching. I recently read Life After Death and was very moved by your story and experiences both growing up and in prison. I would really like to get an audio CD version of your book so I could use your story in my classroom. I have fumbled around Amazon looking for a CD version but can’t seem to find any? How can I buy your book in the CD format? Any help in this matter will be appreciated. Sincerely, Kelly A Patzke. patzkek@gmail.com

  • Megan Fernandez

    Ah I wish you and Lorri would come to Florida! I’m in love with your love :)

  • doesntevenmatter

    I can’t say that I don’t agree with his decision to leave those things out of the book.

  • Robin Brooks Aughtman

    Please bring your book tour to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • DevilDoll76

    My heart goes out to you for the years you lost behind bars. We are the same age and had similar interests as kids… the same music.. same books.. I remember what my little bible belt community made me feel like for being different and curious. It was a backwoods ignorant witch hunt. I watched your story over the years and just know you had a silent friend and ally in me. Keep telling your story.

  • Julia Díaz Romero

    Hello, dear friends. First I must say that I admire your courage, determination and courage. It inspires me to write because I’m unfortunately going through a similar situcion. I am Head through the difficult situacionmas of my life. I am a lawyer, and I’m in charge of the defense of P. Garcia, young Venezuelan, unjustly accused of a crime he did not commit. It all started the Day that killed an evangelical pastor and his family, so daunting, all beheaded. Site on the wall of the facts they got written the word “SATAN” by both local authorities attributed the crime to satanic cults. P. Garcia, is a guy with a taste for rock music, usually dressed in black, and settle a group of guys that support the rock movement in the city. It did not take police authorities accuse him of the crime, and got caught with 4 more, because one of them, after many days of torture, yields a statement which blames others. Without a shred of evidence linking them to anyone, they are brought to trial. No witnesses, no evidence, DNA tests were done 3 years ago and never promoted Fiscal results. Qizas because by doing so, it was clear that THEY WERE NOT. We are now in the final phase of the process, and unfortunately, if we do not get support and help, we are going to kill off a 5 innocent maximum penalty, which are 30 years here in Venezuela.

  • Julia Díaz Romero

    But given the dire situation of the prisons in Venezuela, as it is transferred to the national prison to serve their sentences, they will be killed. That call here “prison justice”. We need help. Besides being his lawyer, I’m his girlfriend, and you more than anyone I understand this sad situation. Only the immense and true love can move seedstocks and clarify this injustice. We have gone to all levels of government that exist and nothing has helped. There is much corruption and impunity in this country. But we hope that if these borders are this case could help us and give us ideas. Damien from Venezuela admire you, and if you get to read this story in your good heart and soul master going to help us. Brothers love them. Help, please help.

  • Stephanie

    To: Damien & Lorri

    Now you can be a normal married couple. I believe that Damien is innocent after I read the facts of the case.

    There are lots of Metallica videos on YouTube. “Nothing Else Matters” song is my favorite.

  • S. Vermette

    I would like to say something to Lorri. You are by far one of the most amazing women that I have ever seen. I can’t even imagine the criticism and doubt you faced getting involved with someone on death row. People are blind and ignorant and never want to give a chance to people in Damien’s situation and that shows a tremendous amount of character on your part Lorri. Let alone devoting yourself to get him freed, I wish you both a long and happy life together. Damien I’m sure you know you are very lucky to be married to her as well as her to you. You both amaze me with your never ending courage and thirst for life experience, it is very inspiring. I cannot imagine the trials that all who are involved have endured. I have followed this for years and was just able to watch west of Memphis this week. One thing that really stuck out to me Damien was when you said that you have remained the same. No matter how you were criticized for your beliefs and interests, you always stayed the same and that is some serious truth and I commend you both for not letting your circumstances change who you were no matter what others thought or how bad things got. I’m looking forward to reading your new book and I also look forward to the day you are all exonerated of this horrible crime and the true murderer is brought to justice for these little boys. Best wishes.

  • Elizabeth Callahan

    Today was the first Time I heard about the case, and I watched all three of the paradise lost movies back to back. I was outraged you lost so much of your life for no reason. I am so glad you are free and you can live your life with Lorri and be happy!

  • Michael Hammond

    I cannot imagine anyone being stronger than you both! I have been inspired by your story. I want everyone to hear exactly what happened and how this political situation tried to break your spirit while actually making it stronger than ever before! I wish I knew you both. Anyone meeting you should see what a gift that alone would be! Keep going “one foot in front of the other”.

  • steveo

    hi Damien is it worth me saying hi will u reply

  • Monica

    Dear Daimien, I pray you see this …….please help us :(
    The Norberto Foundation NOT GUILTY
    http://www.norbertofoundation.com

  • abcdefz

    WELL, YOU’VE GOT NO REASON TO REALLY CARE ABOUT THIS, BUT what the hell.
    I’ve read a bunch of ‘your’ “Exhibit 500″ stuff, and I can tell you from personal experience that you looked a lot better on paper than many of the people, (myself included), that have spent a little R&R time in any of our nation’s Finer Psychological Institutions. Folks in the trade have a tendency to overstate the obvious, and when they’re speaking about US in such clinical terms, it always reads *really strangely*… Well I guess YOU know you’re OK. I just thought I’d chime in and say that all that Exhibit 500 stuff only truly means ANYTHING to folks who happen to work in THAT institution at THAT moment… Personally, the one thing I noticed, from the several documentaries that you are involved in, is that you are remarkably erudite for a Product of the Public School and Department of Corrections Class of 2011…

  • Monica

    Dear Lorri, I have been walking shoes …. I pray my nightmare ends in a dream come true like yours….. AM NOT GIVING UP!
    PLEASE, PLEASE HELP US ….PLEASE READ HIS STORY.

    The Norberto Foundation NOT GUILTY
    http://www.norbertofoundation.com
    Proverbs 11:8

  • Tinkerbell2014

    I can never imagine the hell your life must of been for all those years locked away for a crime you never committed. How you emerged was nothing short of a miracle. I have followed documentaries, books and news articles and I always said HOW COULD THIS OF HAPPENED! What kind of justice system do we have?

  • Diane W

    I found the HBO documentary last night … I could not stop watching until I saw all three. I had heard about your case briefly but never really knew the story until last night. I can not believe what happened to you and the other 2 men. I am moved by your strength and your love. I wish you the best of all that life has to offer the both of you.

  • Justus Smith

    Damien, you are truly an inspiring person to many of us familiar with your story. I was most moved by how you are able to simply let go of all the wrongs that have been made against you over the years. I personally have struggled with the act of forgiveness. I think most of us would do well to live by your example and just let it all go; look to the future and not let the past drag us down. I am so happy that you escaped from that farce they call a justice system in Arkansas. I live in Memphis so I’ll try extra hard to make sure I don’t get in trouble if I cross the river; because God knows I may never get back! I wish you the best of fortune in the free life that you always deserved.

  • Brian

    Damien and the beautiful Lorri, I almost didn’t post anything due to the sensitive nature of my story and bringing up bad memories…After some debate in my head, I thought you would want to know these things, so before-hand, I apologize if this gets a little long…I wanted to tell you my experience with the West Memphis Police Department and the wooded area called “Robin Hood Hills”. Your story started in May of 1993, when coincidentally, I was in a band singing Metallica cover songs..but it wasn’t till HBO aired the 1st documentary that I heard about you 3 guys and Jessie’s confession and all that…like an armchair QB, I got mad from my chair but didn’t do anything…I owe an apology to Mark Byers cause I did cuss at him a few times believing he was guilty at first, but that just made me like the ones who got it in their heads to blame and prosecute you so I moved on…BTW, where were Michael Moore’s parents after that 1st one? They just disappeared…Anyway, a few years back, I had to take early retirement from a DC area fire department due to medical issues…my wife was from OK and with us living in VA, we had quite a drive to visit her family…We always used Memphis Tennessee as our stopping point for the 1st night, but after retiring that changed… I wanted to write a book of the many people who were targeted for murder from the start for the wrong reason, and wrongfully imprisoned or placed on death row for it… A woman from Texas was sent to death row for murdering her children and a jury member stated that a video on one of the murdered child’s B-Day showing her spraying silly string on the grave is what convicted her…Insane!! Anyway, your story was to be the 1st and primary one in the book… Needless to say, the book was never written as you already know because I never sent the paperwork for you guys and the others involved for permission to use names, etc…At the time I started this deal, you were still imprisoned, however, when I returned home, you all shortly after that, took the “Alfred Plea”…I’m so sorry for waiting this long to share this…After I decided to do my little investigative writing, we changed our stopping place from Memphis TN and crossed the bridge into West Memphis Arkansas… I brought only pen, paper, and a cell phone camera… We stayed at a hotel built next to where the truck wash used to stand that was featured in the HBO films…I started right there with a woman at the front desk who’s response to me was “I cannot and do not want to talk about it” when asked about her experience In May of ’93 when all this started…She was the only one that worked at that hotel who lived close and witnessed the events that day…I then went back to where Weaver Elementary School was and took pictures and asked questions moving my way all the way towards the interstate to where I finally found someone who would talk… The gentleman lived in the last house across from those older apartments and beside where the boys’ bikes were found… Unfortunately, everything he said was already known information… I wish there were others who knew more about the person who washed themselves in a nearby food place that was handled poorly by the WMP…I also went to the police department to see who still worked there that actually remembered or helped with your case… Surprisingly, 1 out of the 3 officers I spoke to even heard of the case…awful strange, right? Not surprisingly, he wouldn’t talk either… From there I went back to the area the truck wash stood… The woods where the bodies were found were partially cut down, but the ravine and plenty of Robin Hood Hills remained, starting right behind the old truck wash area… The concrete slab of the truck wash gave us a great starting point for walking those woods and shooting pictures… But before I could begin to enter the woods there, we were freaked out by what laid on the ground… Right there at the entrance to the morbidly famous Robin Hood Hills, was a few school books and a girl’s purse thrown down and recently too cause it had just rained and these books were dry and just recently dropped…instead of touching them, we drove back around to the police department… I explained what happened to 2 officers that came out of the downstairs door and one of them said that they would look into it. I offered them a pic of the books and purse in the foreground of the woods there which was time and date stamped and they did not want it… We went back to where the books were and searched the area while waiting on the WMP to come… They never showed. I them called 911 and waited again, and still again, they DID-NOT-SHOW… This was the same department that did their “civic duty” to swiftly find and prosecute those little boys’ murderers using a false confession and their opinions of drawings and religions. Yet when there’s a possible abduction or worse, they seem to sit on it chalking it up to another nosy person asking questions about a 20 year old murder case. I hope I’m wrong and there’s no missing girl pictured on posters in some other town’s PD where her parent’s are to this day unable to rest…And that brings me to this last question I have.. Do you want me to send or post these pics I have including the books and purse at your discretion on this website or any of the websites about your case along with my story, or would you like me just to print them and send them to a PO box you might have set up for the people like on this site that follow your “Life After Death”? …, Brian

  • justruth

    Hello Damien, I watched your live interview at NYPL today and I just have to leave you a comment. Today is the first day I have found you because I live outside US and was not familiar with this case before. Damien, while I was listening to you and looking at your gestures…I fully felt every word that you shared and it was like I saw myself in a man’s body speaking of my own experience. That thing surprised me a lot.
    Not only that I had a very poor youth (for 4 or 5 years I ate only bread and water) and the rest of my life experience has been quite sad (I don’t live in prison but I’m in a life situation that I feel completely trapped in and my life is more like existence while waiting for death so I try to educate myself reading books and grow spiritually) but also you make just the same conclusions that I do out of my experience. I mean…I don’t meet many people like you, you know. This is strange how you went just to the same conclusions through your life experience and I came to the same. Every conclusion of yours I made for myself.
    I’d like to talk to you so much, but I realise that it’s impossible. Just I wanted to tell you something. When you said about life purpose – why do we live, that none has the answer, and there’s no book that will give you this answer, you know – I have it. To be short – we experience different states of mind. Everything like you said – we grow up, I totally agree with you, but we grow up by experiencing the changes of our consciousness in different situations and life forms. I know you said you like buddhism, and I do too (you probably will find it interesting that I was born in appartement number 547, and when I started getting into buddhism I found out that Buddha had 547 reincarnations), but you’ve got to read three books written by Robert Monroe, famous out of body traveller. Eventually, going through the circle of reincarnations (as buddhism says and as Robert Monroe said as well), getting more and more experience and knowledge, we’ll become greater beings. We’ll become Gods. There’s constant growth. Life in physical form is temporar, and life in spiritual world is eternal. Just like you said in the interview – everything ends, most people come out of the jail early or late. At spiritual point life on Earth is like a temporar life in jail.
    I think that you might find Monroe books really helpful, as to me they opened up my mind.
    Damien, I’m so happy that I found you today, I simply fell in love with you as an extremely intelligent human being. Stay well, and thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    K.

  • Gabriel Ostweiller

    Wayne, congratulations on fooling most of the world, but not everyone is blinded by the Hollywood version of what happened. You will face your truths. A new fight has been started.

  • Mandy Millist

    Damien, you are an incredible human being – congratualtions on doing so well coping with all you have been through. Lorri, you are an angel to have seen the good soul inside Damien and gone to him. I hope you have a long and happy life together. Mandy, Australia

  • Stacy

    I just read Life After Death and will read your new book as well. I am so impressed with how beautifully written it is. Also amazing to me is how you didn’t let everything that happened to you harden your heart. I don’t doubt there’s not some anger and bitterness, but you never let it define you. I loved how you always sought out serenity, too. I am a Memphian, so the West Memphis murders were a consistent topic of conversation until after the trials. Something about you three boys broke my heart and I never believed y’all were capable of committing that crime. Even at your most defiant, from what I saw on the news, you came across as very young and lost- never evil.
    I wish you and Lorrie all the best. Y’all both have a lot to give

  • ValerieS

    Hello Damien and Lorri, I just finished reading your book “Yours for Eternity.” I want to let you know it is very easy to understand how you two became close. Each letter builds on the relationship. I do believe you met because you are soul mates and meant for each other. What I cannot fathom still is the fact that Damien (and his two friends) were on death row for 18 years. I can’t even imagine someone being in prison who is innocent, much less spending that much time! Just baffles my mind. How I see it is the state of Arkansas said, “Oops, we made a mistake. You can go now.” Where is your compensation? That’s what angers me. The state of Arkansas should be paying you millions of dollars for the lives you lost. It’s insane. Anyway, I loved the book, thanks for sharing such intimate information, but it helped me truly understand you. Best of luck.

    Valerie in San Antonio
    By the by, I am an artist too

    • Brian

      I agree with you but the State I’m so many words said they were saving Arkansas millions of dollars by them agreeing to this Alfred Plea and not having them compensated for 18-20 years of their lives lost forever…Very Sad… Very unfair, but I understand them not trusting the state and getting out while it was still possible..Took guys to give up their innocence plea…

      • Brian

        Sorry…. I meant to say: It took guts to give up their innocence plea…

      • ValerieS

        Thanks for your insight.

  • Jéssyca Parras

    Olá, meu nome é Jéssyca Parras, tenho 17 anos e moro em uma cidade no interior de São Paulo no Brasil.

    Damien assisti o filme que saiu sobre o seu caso, o do Jessie Misskelley, e Jason Baldwin o Devil’s Knot, e desde então me interessei muito e não paro de fazer pesquisar, e ler tudo que posso sobre o caso ou você, um absurdo tamanha injustiça ter sido cometida. Infelizmente o caso não chegou com tanta força aqui ao Brasil, então não são todos que tem o conhecimento do caso, o que é triste, pois aprendi a ver tudo de uma outra forma contigo. Devido ao fato deste caso não ter sido passado e reconhecido aqui, infelizmente não são todas as suas entrevistas que consegui assistir, e tenho me esforçado para assistir aos documentários também, que são muito difíceis de achar legendado ou em Português. Comprei seu livro, não sei quando vai chegar, mas estou muito ansiosa para ler. Te admiro de mais, e também admiro muito sua mulher, desejo a vocês toda a felicidade do mundo, você merece. Não sei se você vai ler isso, se vai entender, ou se ao menos terá conhecimento deste texto que escrevo agora para você, porém de qualquer forma continuo te admirando muito, desejando a você e a Lorri tudo de bom e muitas felicidades, espero que em algum momento eu consiga ir a Nova York quando for mais velha, pois quero muito ir em alguma palestra sua, entrevista, ou qualquer outra coisa. Vou me esforçar bastante para aprender a falar inglês, hahaha. :)

    Beijos.

    Jéssyca Parras

  • paul331

    Lorri, I applaud you. I was married to a man in prison for life. I’m often asked why, and I say “because I love him”. We weren’t able to maintain and divorced but are now the best friends either could ask for. I wish I was able to give to him the things you have given to Damien. Our situation was different – he committed the crime and we knowingly knew his release was not going to happen. No false DNA, nothing…just a guilty plea and a life sentence. Still, I read those portions of your story and know exactly how it feels and goes when you’re in that situation. I applaud you for sticking through it.

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  • Cathy

    Dear Damien and Lorri. Just checked out your book at my local library as soon as I saw it, and can’t wait to start reading it. I had read Life After Death and it truly moved me to tears. The main reason I’m against the death penalty is because there are some innocent people on death row, and anyway taking a life does not bring back the dead. Your love story is beautiful and inspiring, because when you find that good man/woman you stand by them through thick and thin, through the storms as well as the sunshine. Love is a powerful force, isn’t it? I wish you both all the best, after all both of you have been through you deserve a good peaceful life together. respectfully yours, Cathy.

  • Conan McParland

    I’d like to talk to you about art and possibly tattooing you. I can show you some examples of my work I do travel to your area , sorry if no other way to contact you I understand thank you

    C

  • Samantha Lynn Hart

    I have supported for many years and was so overwhelmed with joy for the release of all of you, especially you on death row, but I have have to say I bought things for years to help then fell into hardship and couldn’t afford much more. I finally got to watch the third documentary and devils knot and I cried both fir the time you spent as well as finding TRUE justice for the chikdren. I am a singer myself and if there are any benefits yourself or wife feel I can donate my time to help I would love to be a part of clearing the wm3 name as well as finding the real killer or killers. You guys can Google samantha lynn hart or find me on YouTube all I can offer is my gift of voice but would love to help. Thank you for being strong and Lori for being a support for such a wonderful man that was mistreated and unjustly accused.

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    I am so happy for you both. God Bless your family. Bev Combs

  • Raven Nevermore

    I am haunted by this case & am still in utter disbelief at the miscarriage of justice you & every innocent victim suffered & continue to suffer surrounding its circumstances. Your lives were as interrupted as those of the three murder victims & their parents. We all know who the guilty & remorseless party who murdered those boys is & he continues to walk free. I am so happy that the three of you were able to gain your freedom. Please make the most of it, despite the unsavory terms under which you were forced to submit. Every day is a gift. You have the loyal support of myself & so many others who are rooting for you. I am so happy you got the opportunity to experience life in the sunshine. Enjoy!

  • Raven Nevermore

    I would absolutely LOVE it if you came to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I would be right there, front & center, along with my daughter-in-law. We are both huge believers in your innocence.

  • http://www.heatherfaulkbell.net/ Heather Faulk-Bell

    I plan on reading your book, life is about taking tragedy,strugle, suffering and turn into something good,you’ve done that.

  • Patricia

    I saw part of Ur interview with Katie and I wish I could have seen it all…I was leaving dialysis when I saw it…How can I see it again? I wish both U and Ur wife a long and happy life together.

  • Kelly Bashtanyk

    I live in Montreal (Canada) and just came across your name while catching a small portion of the Katie Curic show yesterday. I used your first name to find you and watched most of your interviews. As a 69-year-old Canadian woman, I must admit I had never known of you, Jason and Justin and did not know the history surrounding all of you.

    I have just purchased your book and am valiently trying to download the movie you made (West of Memphis) for which you did an interview with the woman producer (I have forgotten her name).

    Your calm demeanor, intelligence and speaking ability – as well as that of your wife – blew me away!

    I shall familiarize myself with your book, your interviews and your movie. You touched me to the core of my heart and thank God there are wonderful people “out there” who worked so long and so tirelessly on your behalf. I shall pray for your total exoneration.

    It is unbelievable how the “system” can malfunction so tremendously but to see the man you have become is just awsome. I shall keep you and Lorri in my prayers.

    Kelly Bashtanyk

  • Kelly Bashtanyk

    It might make me look a litle more intelligent if I at least got the names right – Damien, Jason and Jesse. My apologies.

  • MAC

    Hi Damien. My boyfriend is currently incarcerated and just read your book Life After Death. He related alot to you and what you both had been through. If you ever get the chance would you please read about him and his story at this link…
    http://www.gofundme.com/6c6szk

    thank you ,

    Courtney

  • OSV

    Do you have a new po box where you can get mail?

  • BlackOphelia

    I don’t believe you are innocent.

  • Anne Stoltz

    I first heard about your case in 2009. Johnny Depp was on some show talking about your case. It caught my attention because my daughter had a huge crush on Johnny Depp, and in fact her room was plastered with posters of him. I read Devil’s Knot. I could never imagine sending someone in prison money, but after I read the book I knew a horrible injustice was done, so a sent a small donation. I watched the Paradise movies, keep up with the case, and talked to people about the case. In 2011 I ordered a free the WM3 bumper sticker. I never got around to putting on my car, because two weeks later you were free. I was so happy to see you go free. I am reading Life After Death. I would like to see West of Memphis, where can I find it? Best Wishes, and good luck to you. Sincerely, Anne Stoltz

  • Melissa

    Dear damien

    I’m 13 and I have read all about the trials and watched all videos I could find about you or with you in even the film devils knot I believe that there was a connection between the investigators and the fact that you were innocent. I believe they knew that you were innocent but didn’t want it that way. I’m extremely interested in what you have to say and how you explain things. I wonder if you have any thought in what I have to say and understand that I too am not like others but I do get not ‘bullied’ but on them lines. I understand if you are fed up of people trying to talk to you but I would be dearly grateful if you were to reply or even tweet me my twitter is @melissapaige123
    Or more covenient if you email me please.

  • Jenny

    I just want to send lots of love to you Damien, and you Lorri.
    From Sweden. From the bottom of my heart.
    Hugs from Jenny

  • Dieter Ballegeer

    Hey Damien, i just saw the documentary, all 3 parts and I was very touched and moved what you guys must have been trough..
    I didn’t know the Memphis 3 until a week ago but watching what had happend and how you were convicted without any proof is still unbelievable for me to understand!
    You must almost be famous now I guess in America and I hope you read my message because normally I don’t write to anybody under these circumstances. Your story and these of Jessie and Jason are something I never thought could be possible..
    I was moved very much when I saw you and your friends walk free!
    Maybe you could come to Belgium to tell your story :)
    And say hello to Eddy for me please! :)

    Hope you enjoy your life now and let’s hope nothing like this happens again!

    Dieter Ballegeer
    Bruges, Belgium

  • Aimee

    I’m very late to the party!! I just learned of the WM3 case in May of this year, as I was about 13 when this crime took place I wasn’t interested in the outside world…yet. I stumbled upon this story accidentally about two months ago and it has become my obsession. To say that I’m disturbed about the wrongful conviction of these 3 innocent teens is an understatement!! I am outraged and wish that I could have been a part of the movement to free these men. I have known for years that the legal system is a corrupt entity. I did a research paper about abolishing the death penalty a few years ago and learned more than I cared to about it. But, since then I knew I couldn’t turn a blind eye anymore. I am a citizen of the world, a fierce Libra who cares about justice and fairness deeply.

  • Krister Simensen

    Dear
    Mr.Echols.

    I’m a 45
    years young man from Norway. This summer I’ve been reading your book, and to
    say it at least that made an enormous impression on me. I can’t even believe these
    things happen nowadays. I mean, we’re supposed to be past the Stone age. Or…?
    And as a matter of fact, last summer I read Kerry Max Cook’s book as well.
    Unbelieveable story. Not by any comparsion what so ever, I’ve had some issues
    during the last few years myself. I noticed you citaed Oscar Wilde in your
    book. (I can’t remember exactly which it was here and now). But another Oscar
    Wilde citation that came to my mind while reading your book is: “Not a
    thing in the world is meaningless. Suffering least of all”. This is
    probably my own favorite.

    I just
    wanted to write these few lines. I wish you only the best from here on and in
    the future.

    Warm and
    humble regards from Norway

    Mr.Krister Simensen

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/StrungOutDesignsbyKF kristina

    Morning!

    I’m working with Tara, the owner of Charmed in Marlborough MA – a metaphysical shop (she’s a witch, I am pagan/witch) on putting on the 4th annual Witches Charity Cotillion on 10/31 at the Riverview Ballroom in Hudson MA. All proceeds from the cotillion goes to a local cat rescue outfit called CaRMaH. For more information – please check out our page: http://www.witchescotillion.com/

    Anyway I would love to invite you and Lorri to our shindig – this isn’t a request for a speaking engagement, this is just an invite for you and Lorri, if you have no plans on Samhain and want to be low key and have a good time at a great event.

    So if you are interested (I know your are ridiculously busy), contact me at kristinafaxon@hotmail.com!

    Otherwise, good luck with ALL of your endeavors!!

  • Liz Wring

    Damien, you probably don’t remember me but we did go to school together. I remember clearly when they arrested you and all I could think was how wrong they were to judge you and assume it just had to be you……… and what crooked people they were and probably still are. I rejoiced the day you were released! It thrills me to see how well you are doing now and how you were and are able to find peace to get through the most trying times of your life. Keep on doing it, man. I supported you then and I still support you now. Blessings to you and your wife!

  • cameron

    Hey I am from a small southern town in north mississippi and just wanted to say thanks for agreeing to take part in the paradise lost movies it showed me there were other people who knew exactly how I felt and had been through even worse circumstances than I have. I wear ripped up jeans I wear black shirts I have long hair I listen to metallica and slayer and alot of other metal bands and im publicly atheist and i get the worst looks from people ive lived with my whole life and I realized what happened to you jessie and jason could have easily been me and my friends were weird we listen to metal were outcasts were not the doctors kids were the kids from poor families who can barely get by if it wasnt for you and something similar were to happen here it couldve been a repeat of your trial

  • Rosario

    Just read Life After Death. I couldn’t put it down. I hoped I wouldn’t die before having a chance to complete this phenomenal book. All college professors should make it a mandatory read in criminology classes. Damien could educate anyone going into law enforcement even social workers, psychologists, etc. Until things change I am ashamed to be the same species with the prosecutors, prison guards, judgemental christians, and anyone who bullied these young men.

  • Suzy Dahedl

    Hi Damien, I truly hope you and Lorri are doing great. I think it’s wonderful that so many good things have happened to you after so many terrible things. Every time I see you on TV or a posting on FB you look happier and happier. It really is amazing what you and Lorri have accomplished.

    OK, now that I got you all buttered up … no I’m just kidding. I mean every word I said. I’m a 62 year old Grandmother. For real. You can look at my FB. I know that you had posted on FB how to order a signed copy of “Yours for Eternity” but I had to get a new knee and I haven’t had the chance to ask you until now. Is there any way I could get a signed copy of “Yours for Eternity”. If not just let me know. But I hope and pray you say yes. Waiting to hear from you.

  • bode

    dear damien and lorry,

    i read life after death and was deeply moved. incredible writing damien, an lorri, i can only say, profound respect. i was inspired to write a song. you can find it here:

    https://soundcloud.com/bodetreejones/moon-water

    if you feel so inclined my email is spiralove@juno.com

    peace, love and blessing to you both,

    bode

  • Christina Johnson

    I remember watching the news three years ago to see if the story of your release would be broadcast all over the nightly news or not. Sadly it wasn’t on my local station, not that I miss the occasion. Your story of love and courage helps me get through my bad days. I hope I find my great love that will help me the way Lorri did for you. I grew up in Ma and when I heard you moved to Salem I was hoping to meet you both, sadly I missed that opportunity. Since I first saw Paradise Lost my freshman year of college you, Jason and Jesse have been in my thoughts. Even now with freedom you will always have a difficult road to traverse and I know you will succeed in all you do. I wish you gracious thoughts on this day of dark and light.

  • chris Wilkinson

    Dear Damien … congratulations on 3 years of freedom
    my name is Chris Wilkinson I am really hoping you might be able and willing to help me by lending your support in that you and your wife know what a long hard fight is all about…. sadly, I knew baby Cooper Harris, the 22 month old who died in his dads hot car in Georgia .. I’m desparately trying to get Baby Cooper’s Law intro’d and passed ( facebook.com/cooperslaw) and I could really use any advice you might have to give or any help you’d be willing to lend. To that end I’m also selling the Bunkys Resqme Window Blaster ( its a 2 inch device that is on a quick release keychain with safety whistle and seat belt cutter and allows one to safely rescue a child or dog) to raise funds to support the cost of lobbying as though I wish I was able to fund this myself, I’m a disabled living on my government stipend and proceeds from my small crafts business . I can be reached at 205-765-9140 or rolltidebunky@yahoo.com . Thanks in advance for your consideration. I’ve enclosed a YouTube link to a news report about what I am doing
    https://m.youtube.com/?hl=en-GB&gl=GB#/watch?v=6hNls3PQEEU

  • Mary Sue Moore Turn

    When are you going to make any effort whatsoever to obtain exoneration? Where is that evidence that the defense has flaunted for 3 years and to no avail? Why was there such urgency to take the Alford Plea to tend to your sick momma, but then you walked past her with zero acknowledgement. As you do with your son. I see the truth. Clearly.

  • Pete Griffiths

    Hi Damien and Lorri, I’ve been a supporter for some years since reading the Devil’s Knot and may I congratulate you both on finding the courage to even be here despite the incredible odds that have been against you. A good friend is in a similar situation wherein her life has been destroyed by the lies of others, I hope you can find the time to take a look at this injustice? Your advice and/or support will be much appreciated and valued. http://vbreton2062.wordpress.com/ http://justiceforkylebrennan.blogspot.ie/

  • Christine

    I’m not sure if you ever get a chance to read these, but I wanted to say I have followed your case since 1993. My son was born on the day you, Jessie and Jason were released, 8/19/11. I hope that one day the real killer or killers are found and you and the others can truly be free. May you and Lorri have many years of happiness.

  • Colleen Dunning

    Dear Damien,

    My name is Colleen Dunning, I am a high school Biology teacher at a small public charter school in Durango, CO. The reason why I am contacting you is because I do a project with my students every year during which they learn about the Biology aspects of forensic science and connect advancements in science to the efficacy of our justice system.

    As a part of this the students learn about exoneration, read/watch individual stories and learn about the Innocence Project. I am really trying to come up with a call to action for my students this year, to not just learn about these cases, but actually do something to raise awareness. One idea I had from looking at your website was to have each student create a small piece of art on a 6 x 6 canvas that provides a visual representation of the relationship between science and justice and/or insight from an exoneree etc…With that in mind I am looking for a meaningful place where this art work could be exhibited and perhaps for sale to benefit an organization such as the Innocence Project.

    I’m not sure if you will read this anytime soon – but if you do and have any thoughts about meaningful work my students can do in regards to these issues, or if you would be interested in posting a link to your site that would connect to my students work, I would love to hear from you.

    There is a lot to be learned from stories such as yours and I want my students to feel they are making a difference and working towards a more humane world.

    I appreciate your time and any thoughts you have to share.
    Be well,
    Colleen Dunning

    If you are interested, you can learn more about the high school where I work here: http://animashighschool.org/

  • gary

    couple of pictures from phoenix !!!

  • Karen Vance

    How is life in Salem? Hope to get a chance to see you & Lori when we visit in fall! I want to reach out to others on Death Row. Any pointers? Your writings are so inspiring, your attitude, phenomenal ( even at your lowest ) thank you for letting all if us in on your diaries. Your prose is to be applauded!

  • Sylwia

    I just read your book in prison and about the whole thing.I’m 28 years old, I live in Poland. Moves me this thing, this book, all about what is written. I wanted to give you just that I keep my fingers crossed for this to anyone I’ve never met such already hurt like you. You are a great wytrzymałeś that does it all!

    Take care!Sylwia

  • Carole French

    This letter has been sent to both 60 minutes and frontline…bless your little heart, and I am so glad you found someone to love, Damian.

    Jonesboro Police Department

    For a long time I have watched and listened to persons that
    lived in Jonesboro. Though I was in deep
    denial, I have now come to the conclusion that our police department is not out
    to help our citizens.

    In 1989 I befriended a man that passed by my house. He has now left, and left soon after meeting
    me. At the time I headed up our
    neighborhood watch program, and gathered up approximately 100 concerned persons
    that were watching their neighborhoods become invaded by people who were
    growing or making drugs for a living.
    The police were absolutely turning their heads for one reason or
    another. Since I was a tax payer, paid
    big bucks to the city in taxes, these crimes were happening right under my
    nose…In fact, right across the street from me.
    I made it a duty to call the police everyday to tell them that this
    woman, who was supposedly sick and this was her only way to make a living, was
    having customers on a regular basis.
    Finally when the police had enough of me, they made a bust, and
    relocated the woman away from me. I was
    bothered by this, and in speaking with the chief at the time, he said in his
    own words, “well she was sick and that was her only income.”

    In 2012, I learned that after many years of being sick,
    marijuana was the cure for me. I had
    systemic lupus, ITP, and Hughes Syndrome.
    In smoking the weed, I became energetic, wanted to exercise, and started
    really taking care of myself. Since
    there was meanness on the streets, people were putting poison in the weed, of
    which I smoked, I decided to grow my own in the basement of my little
    house. I did not do this for any gain,
    but only to know that I was producing healthy product for myself. I knew exactly what was going into the plant,
    and there were absolutely no chemicals, including chlorine.

    While my plants were maturing, I bought some weed off the
    street which had poison in it. I had a
    stroke and immediately began to go on a rampage of the corruption that was
    happening and had happened in our little town over the years. I became a victim of the justice system,
    headed up by a Judge that I have absolutely no respect for.

    Oh he is doing everything right, but in nine stays in the
    county jail, I noticed that since the jail is full, women and men are being
    shuffled in and out, making the system rich.
    I also found that the network is not interested in helping these poor
    people who are on a fixed income, but only interested in becoming more and more
    corrupt and rich.

    My last stay was of this:

    My probation officer was complaining how she had to have her
    money. While I told her I didn’t mind
    doing a day of public service work, maybe in the courtroom because I was
    recovering from walking phenomena, she set me up for the next day, picking up
    paper on the freeway. I went along to
    appease her. The next day I ran fever
    again, and could not go. I called and
    left a message.

    Three months later, I had a warrant for my arrest for not
    doing the public service work, which cost me not only $210 to the city, but $210
    to the county. I did not have this
    money, and decided to sit it out in the jail.
    It was long, and I got to fraternize with the 35 wonderful women who
    were cramped in a room too small for women both young and old, and with monthly
    periods and much stress. Not only did
    they completely take us off of any cigarettes, but drugs, and dehydrated
    us. We were left in the light, both day
    and night, and only let out once because a commode needed fixing. This was great for me, because of the eight
    other times, I never saw the light of day. I even watched two women and almost
    a third lose babies there.

    It is true for me, that I can’t beat city hall, certainly in
    this corrupt town, but by God, I am a writer, and I will sound the bell till I
    die.

    PS…the punishment NEVER fits the crime here, but police get
    away with murder…literally!

  • Dawn Howard

    Thank you for being the people you are. You have opened the eyes to many with your horrible experience, & it gives us hope, in regards to who you are and all the awesome people who surrounded your case. I have once come down and met some of the awful people in those parts against you, but meeting EVERYONE in your corner made it all worth it, and inspired me to be the best person I can be. You and so many have endured a lot of evil in this world and they tried to turn the tables. But your perseverance was the best way to overcome and now many… have you to thank in regards to your story, your strength, and maintaining your ability to overcome even the impossible. All of you lead a very important role in this life & in this world. Thank you!

  • Travis King

    Been a fan of Graves for years. He brought me forward for years on your case. being from a small town in Nebraska, I feel like, Im not to far off from your home town. I just watched Katie video. Wow, I actually am a set electrician, I came close to crying. I supported you guys for so many years. It makes me emotional watching for too may years of your lives taken from you. Damien, you should be a Goddamn Senator!

  • http://www.ravenousravendesign.com Heather Wood

    Hi Damien! if you want a more robust website where you can sell your artwork as well as have it look badass, I’m willing to do your website at no labor cost. Please contact me, Heather at http://www.ravenousravendesign.com

  • paul

    Dear Damien and Lorri, I am a librarian at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library. We are having a community discussion series on civil rights and social justice at our branch and 2 others beginning on September 25th at 6PM. As an adult returned to graduate school from 2002-04 at Arkansas State University, I learned much about your collective struggles with injustice and how an overwhelming, crushing, administrative power machine can wreak havoc in a person’s life. Our discussion series, which will mark the end of an art exhibit called in our library called, “Boston Strong?”, we will attempt to give a voice to people who feel overwhelmed by circumstances that seem beyond their control. We hope that you can join us and lend your voice to the discussion. Please feel free to email me for more info. Thank you in advance for considering this request. Best Regards, Paul

  • Tamara hope

    I have followed your case from the day they arrested you(falsely) I knew you didn’t do it, & I was blown away by the craziness of it all. The fact that they made a horrible mistake & they knew it, but they wouldn’t admit it. Why? Cause they knew that the 3 of you would have had grounds for a heck of a law suit, but because they “made” you plead guilty to a crime you didn’t comment, you could never sue, so there butts were covered! That makes me sick that they could do all those awful things to you, but don’t care that the real killer is out there & we all know who it is! But enough of that, I’m just so happy your out writing books & you & Lorri are making a good life together! You deserve it after all these years! Lorri must be the best woman she fought for her man & won. That’s so cool! God bless you both & I wish you 2 nothing but the best, in this life!

  • Katarina Windingtwig

    how do you interpret your tatoo ,I ching nr 9 ???

  • Magan Pulliam

    Damien,
    I am not sure if you will even see this or not, but I just wanted to tell you that I am sorry for what you went through. I wont get on here and pretend to know you as I obviously do not, but I will say that for them to descriminate against you for what you dressed like, what music you listened to, and things of that sort is horrible! I, myself, wore mostly black as a teenager, listened to rock, and was raised in a trailor park in Kentucky. I was also labeled alot because people assumed they knew me and never cared to get to know anything about me, but went off of the words of others. But, what happend to you is worse than anything I have ever encountered and I just wanted to say from the bottom of my heart that I am sorry. I was only 4 when this happend, and I never heard about this until recently…but I am sorry…sorry you missed out on your youth and all the things that come with it. I am also sorry for the cruel injustice given to you by the state of Arkansas! And I hope with all my heart you can all be exonerated. I watched the documentary “Paradise Lost” and every since then which was almost three weeks ago I have thought about all of you. Especially you because, I felt like I had more in common with you than the others. And yesterday, I bought your book “Life After Death” and I have NOT been able to put it down. Reading about your life has made me smile, cry, and grow angry all at once. Maybe because some of the things I can relate to…the issues with father and the feeling of being lost and stuck…also the poverty…I can relate. My childhood was similar in some ways. So I have a soft place in my heart for you and I just wanted to tell you that I wish you well! Im not looking for any advice here or even a reply. I am just simply a person telling another person that I care, and I hope life is better for you now and you have found true happiness. And also, that you are somebody. I dont mean now that you are famous, or because you were in prison, but because you have always been somebody. And now that I have seen these documentaries and I have read your words…I will NEVER be able to forget you. I wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness, peace and love.

    Another face in the crowd,
    Magan Pulliam

  • Kim

    Not sure if you see these; I have been following the case since 1995/96. You were in close contact with us; at the time we lived in New Orleans, in particular Toby (Tobias Allen) sending artwork from time to time and calling via collect. Not sure if you remember; We were huge advocates and supporters. So happy for you now. Would a signed book be possible?

  • Jo

    Dear Damien and Lorri. My name is Joanne and I live in the uk, I’m 32 and I’ve just recently been told about “the west Memphis three” I’ve watched west of Memphis and Paradise lost and Damien, I am reading your book, Life after Death. I write to you tonight with sadness in my heart, sadness about it all, sadness about all of the injustice, fear about all of the injustice, the whole thing has cast a shadow of sadness and disbelief over my heart. Damien, like you, I love rock music, my first ever album was the black album by Metallica and its gone from there, I am heavily tattooed, and, as a girl from a small quiet village, I experience the predudices that come with that, I could go on and on writing, I wish I could write to you, I just want to send you both love and peace, I hope that your souls are resting easy every night. I hope that one day the truth will set you completely free. With love and strength, Jo.xxx

  • ingrid

    Thank you for sharing your story. My interest in your story is very personal. My husband has been in prison since 13 and has LWO. As you know, there’s always more to stories than told to public. Much admiration and understanding of how your love became so deep and special. You both are true lights in life and my wish is for continued good in your life.

  • Taryn

    I just saw the Paradise lost trilogy and the West of Memphis film. First time I saw part one of Paradise lost I was a little kid and even I never believed you three were guilty. I haf a crush on you from day one. You’re an amazing smart man who has been through hell and back and still has a better outlook on life and all around personality than those who havent the slightest clue what injustice or hell you’ve been thru. I admire you and only wish I was able to correspond to you sooner to be an added person to lift you up during your hard times. So happy you are free just sad it wasn’t shortly after the first trial began. But if you aren’t dwelling than no one else should for you. You only have that right to be angry. No one could or should ever blame you for that. You were robbed your childhood, treated like an animal, yourname was dirtied and dragged thru thr mud when you were better than everyone in that town. What makes you different is what makes you beautiful. I only pray I get the chance to say this all in person to you one day.

    W love,
    TARYN
    taryn1512@gmail.com

  • kieran

    God knows the truth of what you did.