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This week: Damien Echols of the West Memphis 3 talks to the Big Mac Blog

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This week - Damien Echols of The West Memphis Three sits down along with his wife, Lori Davis, to talk about their experience that has been chronicled in several documentaries, including the soon-to-be-released "West of Memphis".

"West of Memphis' is scheduled for a release this week; click here for the film's website.

Echols is one of three men who were convicted of multiple murders in the 1990s in West Memphis, Arkansas, and served more than 15 years before they were released after an overwhelming amount of evidence said they were innocent.

You can also find their story in the film "Paradise Lost", among other places. 

This is a rather long interview and I will release it in three parts at some point this week. Their story is amazing. 

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Shary Monroe

I hope you ask some pivotal questions, like about his lie detector results and his past mental illness and institution visits.

@Shary Monroe

I think it's pretty impertinent to think that someone should be asked questions you would most likely not be willing to answer yourself.

Looking forward to the interview and hoping Mr. Echols will be treated with respect.

Olgica Radinkovic

A troubled youth sentenced to death for something he did not do. Came out of prison a strong, wise, intellegent man. An artist, a writer. An inspiration to all. Above all, true to himself.

David Aames

The guy is pretty amazing. I'd like to think I have overcome some things in my day but nothing like this guy.

Echols’ psychiatric records presented in court

The hard questions need to be asked. If he did it, people need to know this.

The West Memmphis Three were found guilty once and plead guilty a second time. Misskelley (one of the 3) confessed five times. Echols went around bragging he committed the crimes. Baldwin (one of the 3) confessed he committed the crime to someone. Echols had a long history of violence toward others, threats of violence and reports of killing animals.

Documents describe how Echols was involved in the occult and evidence from psychiatric documents his defense presented to the court allege he was violent, threatened others and was psychotic. (see exhibit 500)

Police took a necklace from Echols when he was arrested. An outside crime lab later found blood from two distinct DNA sources on the necklace. One source was consistent with Echols, the other with Baldwin and one of the victims. A car load of people saw Echols in muddy clothes near the crime scene. Read alternative sources about the case, not just the one-sided movies.

@the obsessive one

You know, your necklace tale still doesn't make sense, and posting it on every article you can find on the internet won't change that. It is still impossible for two DNA sources to match three people unless there are twins involved. Repeating something over and over again doesn't make it true.

Maybe it's time for you to read some "alternative sources", as in REAL science.

Felicia Comstock

Where is the evidence that you have to prove all that you say about these men? Are rumors not how they wound up in prison in the first place? Think about the consequences of what you say before opening you're mouth. There was no evidence whatsoever pointing to these men comminting the murders. Find some real facts before condeming someone to such a crime as murder.


Some other things you may want to ask Echols are...

Why did Jessie Misskelley confess so many times?

Jessie even made a confession to his own lawyer who begged him not to. Why did he do that?

How did Jessie know things about the crime that had not been made public?

To this day the three still haven't proven where they were that night, so where were they?

Why do witnesses place Echols near the crime scene shortly after the murders?

Why did Echols brag about committing the murders to several people?

Ask Echols about his violent mental history. Why did he stomp a dog to death? Or why did he talk about sacrificing a baby with his then girlfriend?

Why did he put down "homicidal" and "schizophrenic" as a disability on his Social Security Disability application only a few weeks before the crime?

When he was institutionalized prior to the murders why did Damien say he could be another “Charles Manson or Ted Bundy”, or “I know I’m going to influence the world—people will remember me.”

Why did even his own parents fear he would hurt someone?

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