Memoir’s missing element: Damien Echols doesn’t confront his baffling behavior:
This is an article/book review from Marc Perrusquia of the Memphis Commercial Appeal about the latest round of propaganda from Damien Echols, aka his new book Life After Death.
At first Mr. Perrusquia makes a grossly misleading statement that the evidence now points away from Echols. That’s not true at all. If it did there would have been an arrest made by now. So after reading this, I figured this would just be another reporter kissing Damien Echols’ ass. That turns out not to be the case entirely.
After reading Echols’ book Mr. Perrusquia starts asking the questions about Echols that some of us have been asking for a long time. For example, Mr. Perrusquia wonders why Echols didn’t address his mental health history in the book, or his history of violence. Mr. Perrusquia even addresses the witness reported incident of Echols stomping a sick dog to death. He also mentions that Echols’ claims of abuse in the prison system are more than likely exaggerated.
This is a start, but it’s not enough. When will we see a journalist actually pose these questions to Echols himself rather than posing the questions hypothetically?
As a side note, it appears that Echols and his murder groupie wife have moved to Salem, Mass. While he says he moved there because of the social acceptance I think the real reason he moved there is two-fold. The first is in some ways his mind still works like some teenage goth kid. Ooh, look at me, I live where witches lived. The second is I think he’s thumbing his nose at his detractors by symbolically saying that his trial was a witch hunt. Then again on that second one, I don’t think Echols could be that clever.
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You and this website are a complete joke. Don’t quit your day job.
So why are you posting here? Shouldn’t you and your fellow Echolytes be planning the next rally for your idol or something?
no he is not a joke he is just not one of the sheep and says what he thinks in life you should not accept everything you are told
You are a retard
Wow, what a thoughtful/mature/intelligent rebuttal…
why is it a joke? even if echols is not guilty (I am not sure) – he does appear to be a habitual liar. He says so many contradictory things, and seems to exaggerate a lot, too. How can he be in fear of being killed or stabbed in the back every day in jail, yet live in solitary confinement? Why did he make rape allegations, retract them, then make them again? The alibi about talking to three people on the phone was disproven during trial, so why not just say he doesn’t remember where he was that day, who remembers every detail of what they did a month before their arrest? What about not knowing how to use a fork, not being able to walk? A lot of stuff has been exaggerated and made for hollywood on his part, and all of his talks are exactly the same – rehearsed, canned, never a new idea or sentence, nothing spontaneous, very robotic. Thousands of presentations and always the same performance. And of course, his own movie that he co-directed would NEVER be biased in any way, right? Can’t call it a documentary, that is a joke. Call it what it is – a movie presenting echols side of the story. And as for Echols just “saying what he thinks in life” haha funny – its been planned, rehearsed, canned, robotic. Never a spontaneous or real, genuine reaction or statement to anything. Its a show, simply a show. And he performs for his ego, narcissism, and new pseudo celebrity status. Jason Baldwin isn’t like this.
And yet Jason Baldwin spent 18 years in prison for the same exact crime as Damien.