Damien Echols responds to Baldwin | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Damien Echols responds to Baldwin

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:44 AM

On Tuesday, The Arkansas Blog reported on passages from "Life After Death," the new memoir by Damien Echols, that look very much like Echols throwing Jason Baldwin under the bus over Baldwin's brief stand against accepting the Alford Plea that freed the three men because it would require them to plead guilty. Among other claims, Echols says that Baldwin had "grown to love prison" and "was actually looking forward to the next year in prison school." Echols goes on to say that if he and Misskelley had been freed while Baldwin stayed in prison, "My own case had garnered much of the WM3 publicity, and if we managed to be freed without [Baldwin], there would be very little interest left in his case."

Baldwin later released a statement on Facebook (included in on our original post) in which he said Echols broke off all contact with him over Baldwin's involvement as a producer of the film "Devil's Knot," based on Mara Leveritt's book about the West Memphis Three case.


This morning, Echols released the following statement:

"In my book, Life After Death, I describe my childhood, life in prison and the incredible efforts to free me, Jason and Jesse. It is a very honest description of my life and the ways in which I have come to see the world both before and after my release. It is not a pretty picture in many ways, but it is my story. I also discuss my relationship with Jason and anyone reading the entire book will see that it is a very poignant and loving friendship.

In the weeks prior to our release, there were some very difficult times for everyone involved and I describe them at the end of the book. This was without a doubt the most tortuous period of my life - with freedom so close and yet capable of being taken away again at any moment - and my recollections of that period are honestly colored by that torture.

After our release from prison, Jason and I had a disagreement over how I was to be portrayed in the film Devil's Knot. The movie unfortunately has driven a wedge between us, but I will always respect Jason and love him as a friend.

I believe Jason was selfless in his decision to go along with the Alford plea that freed us, and I understand how difficult this decision was for him. For that, I will be forever grateful. My intention was not to hurt anyone, but to write honestly about my struggle."

Tags: , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (13)

Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-13 of 13

Add a comment

More by David Koon

  • The student-led Memory Project at Central takes history high tech

    With stories that matter.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • Central High 60th anniversary

    A schedule of events, consideration of the past and the future, and more.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • Join us Sept. 21 for Pig & Swig!

    Make plans to join Arkansas Times at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 for Pig & Swig, an event centered around two of life's finest pleasures: sippin' whiskey and fine swine. The event, which benefits the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, will be held at the Heifer Project Pavilion and Urban Farm near the Clinton Center.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

People who saved…

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation