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West Memphis Three’s Damien Echols To Write Memoir

Damien Echols, one of the three teenagers known as the “West Memphis Three,” is writing a book about spending 18 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit.

In the memoir, which is slated for publication from Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press in September 2012, Echols will talk about his experience.

The release explains more about the book: “The as-yet untitled book will be Echols’ account of the trial proceedings and eighteen years spent on death row, including his personal and public quest for exoneration, his prison diaries, and accounts of support from his wife and friends including Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Henry Rollins and others.”

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West Memphis Three Background Reading

The story of the West Memphis Three is heartbreaking no matter how you look at it. Three teenagers were just released after spending 18 years in prison–convicted on flimsy evidence of murdering three little boys.

The teens were characterized as Satanists because they read Anne Rice and Stephen King books, and listened to heavy metal. The controversial case has been the subject of an array of films and books including a new documentary that is currently at the Toronto Film Festival and a new biopic of the case that director Atom Egoyan has just signed on to direct.

For those readers that want more background on the case, we’ve put together a list of books and documentary films that will tell you how this bizarre case attracted the likes of Peter Jackson, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Depp. Read more