Life After Death

Written by:
Damien Echols
Narrated by:
Damien Echols

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2012
10 hours 36 minutes
In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three—were arrested for the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas. The ensuing trial was marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison; while eighteen-year-old Echols, deemed the “ringleader,” was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, the WM3 became known worldwide as a symbol of wrongful conviction and imprisonment, with thousands of supporters and many notable celebrities who called for a new trial. In a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011.
Now Echols shares his story in full—from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades.

In these pages, Echols reveals himself a brilliant writer, infusing his narrative with tragedy and irony in equal measure: he describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in heartbreaking, agonizing detail. Life After Death is destined to be a riveting, explosive classic of prison literature.
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A frightening indictment of police and political corruption and a warning to anyone who dares to be different from the cultural norm.

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Damien Echols is a conundrum of epic proportions. I really wanted to like this guy, I did. His book started off quite funny and entertaining. But he is ever drawn to dark and negative things in life, never even trying to fit in with anyone else. It is no wonder he was singled out by law enforcement, because he insists on constantly pushing everyone's boundaries and gets a kick out of it. His personality disorders became seriously a downer over the course of the book. I didn't finish it. When does the "whoa is me" stop? When does he take control of his own life and start growing up? It seems he was targeted by Dept of Human Services, needed the help, and then let his parents do evasive stuff to deny him from getting any real help. This is precisely why he was jailed. Even if he hadn't gotten put in jail for the Memphis Three crime, he would no doubt have been damaged and troubled for many years to come. I agree that the adults in his life were a disaster, but he had enough intelligence early on to steer his life in another direction and made extremely poor choices.

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Knowing these three and personally testifying in one of the cases, it was a great book. Lots of corruption in the West Memphis Police Department and it was very obvious they convicted these 3 because of being poor and different. Damien did awesome bringing things to light in this book. Its a must listen to book

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Guadalupe E.

Great book

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Boring and disappointing

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Janet G

Great book!

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