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Re: “Echols blasts Baldwin

I have just returned from a celebration of the 1 year anniversary of freedom for the wm3. The wm3 are 3 young men who were wrongly convicted of a crime they did not commit. A few years before their release, I had become a supporter after watching the documentaries "paradise lost the robin hood hill murders" and reading up on the evidence readily out there on the net. I came to the conclusion that these boys were railroaded by grown men. All of these men should be ashamed at what they did regarding the ruining the lives three young boys and their families. Not only did they ruin those lives, they also messed up probably forever the chance of catching the real killer of three little boys.
The reason I felt so empathatic was at the time my son was the same age as these young men and of course, I felt "what if it were my son?" Oh no! the anguish those parents must feel. I realized my life would have been on hold and any thought of bettering my self would be gone as all energy must be put to freeing my son. Any career I would have dreamed of, the house I wanted to purchase, the travelling I would have liked to have done, would never happen as my first priority would be my son. My life essentially and my other children's lives would totally revolve around the prison, court, freedom and exoneration. I knew this when I took Jason Baldwins mother, Gail in my arms and hugged her the first time we met, I held her tender broken self and wished I could heal all her wounds of 18 years of hell brought on by these so called men. Her son has been an incredible asset to society since being released, even before being released he taught other prisoners to read and pass GEDS. No wonder, he is a direct product of her, gracious, patient, kind, adamant yet empathetic.
Damien's family has had even more abuse, if they talk to the media, they are looking for publicity, if they write a book or make a movie they are looking for money, if they do not say anything they are hiding something. OMG, This family went through hell having their son wrongfully convicted and because Damien has some real mental health issues, he and his family were treated the worst. Pam's life went on hold just like any other mothers would have, she could do nothing to help her son, she was powerless against these so called educated men. Her daughters life was ruined as she had a so called "devilish brother" and could no longer attend school, prom, parties or any social event with her friends. This family was essentially destroyed, but they had each other and it is an enormously strong bond. Recently, I was invited to their home and their love for each other is very evident as is their hurt over Damien's treatment of them the last year. Damien has said some things about his family that are untrue and has hurt them deeply. Pam readily admits she has made mistakes and I do not know a mother that hasn't yet most of our kids grow up and forgive us and go on to make their own mistakes raising their kids.
Damien's treatment of his family has been extremely harsh, I keep wanting to say to him, "you were judged so wrongly and yet you make the same judgement against your family". I guess you can say that was all he was taught, but did he learn nothing? I would also like to tell the world THERE IS ONLY ONE JUDGE AND YOU ARE NOT HIM!

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Posted by Heather Rowe on 08/28/2012 at 9:32 AM

 

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