In 1993, Damien Echols was one of three teenagers arrested for the murders of three boys in Arkansas. Dubbed “The West Memphis Three,” the three teens were put on trial, which many saw as a literal and figurative witch-hunt. Quickly 18-year-old Echols was deemed the ringleader and sentenced to death. In August 2011, after many appeals, all three men were finally released—although some are not convinced of their innocence. Echols shares his story—abuse by prison officials, deplorable living conditions, outrage toward our justice system—in his new memoir Life After Death
It a story that music fans are well aware of because of the very vocal support the trio got from names like Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins and more. Other celeb's including Johnny Depp and Peter Jackson also used their voices and their wallets to support these men.
If you would like to learn more about the story of the West Memphis Three - you should check out the "Paradise Lost" trilogy of documentaries created by HBO over the span of their incarceration - leading right up to their release.
TONIGHT: Damien Echols: A Conversation on Life After Death
| September 28, 2012 at 10:34AM
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A Concerned Citizen of Seattle
| September 29, 2012 at 11:16PM
There have been many cases where convincing evidence of ritualized murders have been uncovered, yet justice has been overwhelmingly absent. The McMartin Preschool satanic abuse case, the Orkney, Scotland ritual abuse crimes, and now Damien Echols' story come to mind. There seems to be a formula for those in power behind the crimes that has proven successful in covering up their guilt:
Formula for Getting Away With (Ritualized) Murder:
1. Vicious, relentless attacks on the police work along with the credibility of all those who care about the children who are tortured and murdered and would seek justice for these horrors
2. Massive, deceptive propaganda campaigns, using money, media power and contacts, to promote the (false) innocence of their members who are caught with real evidence of their crimes
3. Dramatize the situation, reframing it from the real issue (atrocities against children) to red herring issues (shoddy police work, scandalous targeting of "innocents" being arrested falsely for such ridiculous reasons as being "weird" or wearing rock T-shirts)
4. Use people in positions of power or celebrity to lend credibility to the lies, perhaps because said individuals are part of the organized power structure seeking to get away with murder, or because they are ignorant of the truth and have been convinced in the "cause."
Anyone who tells me there is no such thing as ritualized crime/abuse is either highly naive, ignorant, or trying to cover up their own culpability. Wake up folks--if you buy this story, you've been fooled. The children who experienced these horrors deserve more than those still alive taking a flip, superficial look at the story, or mindlessly passing off someone else's deception disguised as news. More info available at http://wm3truth.com/ and http://ritualabuse.us/.