by Damien Echols
The “Life After Death by Damien Echols” is a memoir of Damien Echols. Damien was born in 1974 and grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Texas, Oregon, Louisiana, and Arkansas. When he was just eighteen years old, he was wrongfully convicted of murder, for the three eight year’s old boys in Arkansas, along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Damien reveals about the guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions. He describes prison life as we all imagine from movies and TV shows, abusive guards, horrible food, lack of sleep, etc. But Damien Echols informs us that sadistic guards are the norm, rather than the exception.
Echols also writes in-depth of the spiritual journey that led him from being high Protestant to exploring Catholicism on his own as a teen. His general thirst for knowledge and his keen interest in spirituality led to an ongoing study of Buddhism even though when he was imprisoned. In August 2011, all three men were released, because they are not suspects. This is a must-read book for anyone, who is interested in the criminal justice system. All in all, Life After Death is a brilliant, haunting, painful and uplifting narrative of hopeless childhood.