Damien Echols

After spending nearly 20 years on death row, accused killer Damien Echols gets to have his say on the West Memphis 3 saga in his new book, Life After Death. In 1993, despite complete lack of physical evidence, Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were arrested and later convicted of murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Ark. Echols was sentenced to death, while the other two received life in prison. After reaching a plea deal, all three were released from prison last year. The case and what many believed was a wrongful conviction became a cause celebre, thanks to the endless stream of books, HBO movies, benefit concerts and high-profile support from the likes of Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines, not to mention West of Memphis (screened earlier this year at Sundance), a soon-to-be-released documentary co-produced by Echols and Peter Jackson, which unearths new evidence and points the finger at another possible suspect. Echols goes into further detail in his memoir, recounting his childhood, the trial, prison and its aftermath. Echols signs and discusses his book with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro at Freud Playhouse, UCLA; Wed., Sept. 26, 7 p.m.; $38 includes book. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com.
Wed., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., 2012

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