People on death row have a lot of time to think. Damien Echols is no different.
Since his conviction for the 1993 murders of three 8-year-old boys, Echols has been fighting to keep his thoughts moving forward: to study, to grow intellectually and to distance himself from the bitterness that threatens to consume him.
Echols was one of three teenagers convicted for that crime. They became known as the "West Memphis Three," probably the most feared and hated kids to ever walk into an Arkansas courtroom.The crime they were accused of was particularly heinous: the boys' bruised and mutilated bodies were found in May 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas, their arms and legs bound with their own shoelaces.
Echols was the only one sentenced to die, believed to be the ring leader in murders driven by a worship of Satan.
That was almost 18 years ago.
Today Echols spends 23 hours a day alo
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